Stenahrita, Stenāhṛta, Stena-ahrita: 1 definition



Stenahrita 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 Stenāhṛta can be transliterated into English as Stenahrta or Stenahrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Jaina Yoga

Stenāhṛta (स्तेनाहृत) or Stenāhṛtādāna refers to “receiving stolen goods” and represents one of the transgressions (aticāra) of the Asteya-vrata (vow of not stealing).—Siddhasena (in his commentary on the Tattvārtha-sūtra 7.22), following the Tattvārtha-bhāṣya, explains stena-ahṛta-adāna as “obtaining goods which are the proceeds of a robbery for nothing or at a low price”. For Haribhadra (in his commentary on the Āvaśyaka-sūtra p. 823a) stena-ahṛta-adāna is “acquiring cheaply through greed stolen commodities such as saffron from a foreign country”.

This explanation (of stena-ahṛta) is repeated by Devagupta, Abhayadeva, and Yaśodeva. Hemacandra prefers to follow Siddhasena Gaṇin. In the literal terms of the vrata this offence is not a bhaṅga; on the other hand since the thievish intentis present it is a bhaṅga, so that by definition it can be classed as an aticāra (see Hemacandra’s Yogaśāstra verse 3.92). Siddhasena Sūri takes an identical view. Amongst the Digambaras Pūjyapāda (in his Sarvārtha-siddhi verse 7.27) and Cāmuṇḍarāya consider this offence to mean “obtaining something stolen from a thief without having employed or prompted him”, but Āśādhara prefers to adopt Hemacandra’s definition.

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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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