Shukladhyana, aka: Śukladhyāna, Shukla-dhyana; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śukladhyāna can be transliterated into English as Sukladhyana or Shukladhyana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Śukladhyāna (शुक्लध्यान).—One of the four types of ‘meditation’ (dhyāna);—Śukla means ‘pure’ or ‘clean’. So, to concentrate the thoughts without any passions on an object is called ‘pure-meditation’ (śukla-dhyāna).

The four types of pure meditation (śukla-dhyāna)

  1. separatory contemplation (pṛthaktvavitarkavīcāra),
  2. unitary contemplation (ekatvavitarkavīcāra),
  3. subtle infallible physical activity (sūkṣmakriyā-pratipāti),
  4. irreversible stillness of the soul (vyuparatakriyā-nivarti).

The first two types can be realized by the saints (pūrvavid) well versed in the scriptures (pūrvas) given by the omniscient (Mahāvīra).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 9: Influx of karmas
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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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