Sphatikashaila, Sphaṭikaśaila, Sphatika-shaila: 1 definition


Sphatikashaila means something in Jainism, Prakrit. 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 Sphaṭikaśaila can be transliterated into English as Sphatikasaila or Sphatikashaila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sphaṭikaśaila (स्फटिकशैल) is another name for Mount Kailāsa, according to chapter 3.1 [sambhava-jina-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly: “As she was sleeping, Senādevī saw fourteen great dreams entering her lotus-mouth during the remainder of the night. A trumpeting elephant, fair as an autumn-cloud; a bull, spotless, like a large rock that had fallen from Sphaṭikaśaila (Kailāsa); a lion with a very yellow mane, with a mass of hair; [...]”.

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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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