Shastrartha, Śāstrārtha, Shastra-artha: 8 definitions


Shastrartha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Śāstrārtha can be transliterated into English as Sastrartha or Shastrartha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shastrarth.

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

[«previous next»] — Shastrartha in Vyakarana glossary
Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ).—The purpose of a rule of grammar; cf. अतोत्राप्यवयवेन शास्त्रार्थः संप्रतीयते (atotrāpyavayavena śāstrārthaḥ saṃpratīyate) M.Bh. on P.VI.1.84 Vart. 5: cf. also, तद्यथा । लोके वसन्ते ब्राह्मणो-ग्नीनादधीतेति सकृदाधाय कृतः शास्त्रार्थ इति पुनः प्रवृत्तिर्न भवति । (tadyathā | loke vasante brāhmaṇo-gnīnādadhīteti sakṛdādhāya kṛtaḥ śāstrārtha iti punaḥ pravṛttirna bhavati |) M. Bh. on VI.1. 84 Vart. 3; VI.4.104 Vart. 3.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ) refers to the “sense of scripture”, according to the seventeenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 91. Accordingly, as the Vetāla said to king Trivikramasena:—“... servants are bound to preserve their masters even by the sacrifice of their lives. But kings are inflated with arrogance, uncontrollable as elephants, and when bent on enjoyment they snap as under the chain of the moral law. [...] And the breeze of the waving chowries fans away the atoms of the sense of scripture [viz., śāstrārtha] taught them by old men, as it fans away flies and mosquitoes. [...]”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning śāstrārtha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ) refers to the “essential meaning of scripture”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the Goddess (i.e., Khageśī) said to the God (i.e., Bhairava), “[...] I will tell (you) how Yoginīs and Siddhas behave—(a teaching) that is never easy to acquire.[...] Worship is offered (by means of these things) to the oral scripture (that the god and goddess transmit) to one another. (The latter) is the arising of the transmission of the Command and the essential meaning of scripture [i.e., śāstrārtha], which is (the teaching concerning) the group of six (parts that constitute the liturgy). It is very tough and frightening (raudra) with its (secret) terminology, conventions and rituals. Tranquil, forbearing, free of anger, the eater of food, a beggar of food and conqueror of the senses—as long as one is not like this, how can one (achieve) accomplishment in the Kula?”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastrartha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ).—m (S Meaning or import of the Shastras or of a Shastra.) A precept or direction of the Shastra; a regulation or provision for a case. śā0 karaṇēṃ g. of o. To do a thing slightly and superficially, in a slubbering, slurring manner, just for the name of it. śāstrārthāsa asaṇēṃ See śāstrāsa asaṇēṃ under śāstra.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ).—m A precept of the śāstra, a regulation or provision for a case. śā?B karaṇēṃ To do a thing slightly and super- ficially, in a slubbering, slurring manner. śāstrārthāsa asaṇēṃ See śāstrāsa asaṇēṃ.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ).—

1) the meaning of the sacred precept.

2) a scriptural precept or statement.

Derivable forms: śāstrārthaḥ (शास्त्रार्थः).

Śāstrārtha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śāstra and artha (अर्थ).

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

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ):—[from śāstra > śās] m. the object or purport of a book, a precept of the Ś° or of any [particular] Ś°, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastrartha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Śāstrārtha (शास्त्रार्थ) [Also spelled shastrarth]:—(nm) discussion, contention or debate on the scriptures ([śāstra]); the purport or meaning of the scriptures ([śāstra]).

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