Shastrajna, Śāstrajña, Shastra-jna: 13 definitions


Shastrajna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śāstrajña can be transliterated into English as Sastrajna or Shastrajna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Studies in Kautilya Vocabulary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ) refers to a type of profession mentioned in the Śukranītisāra 2.128-188.—The Śukranītisāra is a Sanskrit work on ethics by Śukrācārya comprised of four chapters. The second chapter (uvarājādikṛtya, “the duties of the royal princes and the like”) describes a large number of varied topics, eg., it contains observations on the ministers, priests, sacive, treasury, a large number of officers and employees (such as a Śāstrajña).

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shastrajna in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ) refers to “one who knows the scriptures”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(A true practitioner) is a hero (vīra) who exerts himself and is courageous. He is content, devoted to the teacher, not greedy, compassionate, industrious, self-controlled, of good appearance, sāttvika, deep, all his limbs are intact (and) active, he knows (true) devotion and the scriptures [i.e., bhakti-śāstra-jña] and crosses over into (higher) realities. He is devoted to the transmission which is free of thought (nirvikalpakrama), he eats what he has begged and is desireless. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shastrajna in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ) refers to a “scholar (knowing all lores)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.33 (“The appeasement of Himavat”).—Accordingly, as Vasiṣṭha said to Himavat (Himācala): “O lord of mountains, listen to my words in every respect conducive to your welfare; they are not against virtue. They are true and shall bring about your joy here and hereafter. Statements, in ordinary language and in the Vedas, are of three forms. A scholar (śāstrajña) knowing all lores understands them by means of his pure vision of knowledge. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ) refers to a classification of Vaiṣṇavas (classified according to their inner spiritual quest), as discussed in the twenty-second chapter of the Jayākhyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra Āgama text composed of 4500 verses in 33 chapters dealing with topics such as mantra (formulas), japa (repetitions), dhyāna (meditations), mudrā (gesticulations), nyāsa (concentrations) etc.—Description of the chapter [vaiṣṇava-ācāra]:—[...] Nārada wants to know about the attitude toward Vaiṣṇavas who become sannyāsins or yatis (1-2). [...] Other groups (presumably those who are classified not according to any external sign but rather in terms of their inner spiritual quest) are [e.g., śāstrajñas (51b-53)], [...]. The Lord asks Nārada to honor all these kinds of persons. All of them, He says, are eligible to do yāgas as well as pūjās. Even their mere glance can wash away the sins of those less fortunate and endowed (57-64a).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastrajna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ).—a.

1) well-versed in the Śāstras.

2) a mere theorist.

Śāstrajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śāstra and jña (ज्ञ). See also (synonyms): śāstradarśin, śāstravid.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ).—mfn.

(-jñaḥ-jñā-jñaṃ) Acquainted with the Shastras, skilled in the knowledge of law and religion especially. E. śāstra a sacred work and jña who knows.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ).—[śāstra-jña], adj. 1. Knowing the institutes of religion, etc., [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 385. 2. Knowing by books, a theorist, [Hitopadeśa] iii. [distich] 54 (karmasv adṛ- ṣṭakarmā yaḥ śāstrajño pi sa muhyati, He who has not tested his skill by works, although knowing it by books, makes mistakes).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ).—[adjective] versed in science.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ):—[=śāstra-jña] [from śāstra > śās] mfn. (or m.) acquainted with the Ś°s, learned, a specialist (kevala-ś, ‘a mere theorist’), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Suśruta; Pañcatantra] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a mere theorist, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śāstrajña (शास्त्रज्ञ):—[śāstra-jña] (jñaḥ-jñā-jñaṃ) a. Acquainted with the shāstras.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastrajna in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śastrajña (ಶಸ್ತ್ರಜ್ಞ):—[noun] a man skilled in using weapons.

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Śāstrajña (ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಜ್ಞ):—[noun] a man who has an expert knowledge in any branch of learning.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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