Shilavrata, aka: Śīlavrata, Shila-vrata; 3 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Śīlavrata can be transliterated into English as Silavrata or Shilavrata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śīlavrata (शीलव्रत).—Gives śīla and ārogya and leads to Śivapada.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 101. 39.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Śīlavrata (शीलव्रत).—Lack of observance of the seven supplementary (called śīlavrata) vows which include deśavirati, etc and the five minor vows (aṇuvratas) are the causes of the influx of karmas leading to birth in all realms.

What is meant by śīla? Observance of the three guṇavratas (which intensify the impact of minor vows) and four śikṣāvrata (which teach or prepare the householder for monk-hood) along with giving up passions i.e. anger, pride etc is called śīla. In other words, the conduct which intensifies the practitioner of minor vows towards practice of major vows is śīla.

What is meant by vow (vrata)? Observing /practising Non-violence, truth speaking, non-stealing, celibacy and non-possession are the five vows.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Śīlavrata (शीलव्रत) refers to “supplementary vows” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.21. The seven supplementary vows called śīlavrata enhance the potency of the minor vows. Which are the seven supplementary vows? The seven supplementary vows are: abstaining from activity with regard to direction (dig-virati), abstaining from activity with regard to declared zone / country /city (deśa-virati), abstaining from purposeless sin (anarthadaṇḍa-vrata) are the three guṇavrata; periodical contemplation (sāmāyika), fasting at regular intervals (prosadhopavāsa-vrata), limiting consumable and non consumable things (upabhogaparibhogaparimāṇa-vrata), and partaking food after feeding the ascetics (atithisaṃvibhāga-vrata) are the four śiksāvrata.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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