Sthavira, aka: Sthāvira, Sthavirā; 7 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Sthavirā (स्थविरा, “old dames”) or Vṛddhā refers to one of the classes of “women” (strī) who have dealings with the king, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 34. Accordingly, “women who know the manners of departed kings, and have been honoured by them, and who know the character of all the members of the harem are said to be old dames (vṛddhā)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Sthavira (स्थविर) literally ‘elder’, is used as a sort of epithet of several men; Sthavira Śākalya occurs in the Aitareya Āraṇyaka1 and the Śāṅkhāyana-āraṇyaka, and Sthavira Jātūkarṇya in the Kauṣītaki-brāhmaṇa. Cf. the names Hrasva and Dīrgha.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Also known as Sthaviranikaya or Aryasthavirah. Sthavirah and Mahasanghikah are the two earliest sects in Buddhism. At first, they were not considered to be different. Sthavirah merely represented the intimate and older disciples of Shakyamuni, while Mahasanghika being the rest. It is said that a century later, a difference of opinion arose on certain doctrines. Three divisions were named as a result (all in Ceylon): 1. Mahaviharavasinah 2. Jetavaniyah 3. Abhayagiri vasinah In the course, the eighteen Hinayana sects were developed. From the time of Ashoka, four principal school are regarded as prevailing: 1. Mahasanghika 2. Sthavira 3. Mulasarvastivada 4. Sammatiyah As far as Sthavira is concerned, there are eleven sects reckoned. The Sthaviravadins were reputed as nearest to early Buddhism in its tenets, though it is said to have changed the basis of Buddhism from an agonostic system to a realist philosophy.

Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

Also known as Sthaviranikaya or Aryasthavirah. Sthavirah and Mahasanghikah are the two earliest sects in Buddhism. At first, they were not considered to be different. Sthavirah merely represented the intimate and older disciples of Shakyamuni, while Mahasanghika being the rest. It is said that a century later, a difference of opinion arose on certain doctrines. Three divisions were named as a result (all in Ceylon):

Source: SgForums: Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Sthavira.—(CII 3, etc.), a Buddhist priestly title; same as Pāli Thera; an Elder in the community of Buddhist monks; a senior monk. Cf. Thaira (EI 3), an Elder among Buddhist monks; aslo Saṅgha-sthavira (Lu7ders, Mathurā Ins., p. 190), ‘the senior of the order’. Note: sthavira is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Sthavira (स्थविर).—a. [sthā-kirac sthavādeśaḥ]

1) Fixed, firm, steady.

2) Old, aged, ancient; न तेन स्थविरो भवति येनास्य पलितं शिरः । बालोऽपि यः प्रजानाति तं देवाः स्थविरं विदुः (na tena sthaviro bhavati yenāsya palitaṃ śiraḥ | bālo'pi yaḥ prajānāti taṃ devāḥ sthaviraṃ viduḥ) || Mb.3.133. 11.

-raḥ 1 An old man; ऊर्ध्वं प्राणा ह्युत्क्रामन्ति यूनः स्थविर आयति । प्रत्युत्थानाभिवादाभ्यां पुनस्तान् प्रतिपद्यते (ūrdhvaṃ prāṇā hyutkrāmanti yūnaḥ sthavira āyati | pratyutthānābhivādābhyāṃ punastān pratipadyate) || Ms.2.12.

2) A beggar.

3) Name of Brahman.

-rā An old woman; स्थविरे का त्वं, अयमर्भकः कस्य नयनानन्दकरः (sthavire kā tvaṃ, ayamarbhakaḥ kasya nayanānandakaraḥ) Dk.

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Sthāvira (स्थाविर).—a. (- or - f.) Thick firm.

-ram Old age (commencing after seventy); (vṛddhaḥ sthātsaptaterūrdhvaṃ varṣīyān navateḥ param); गार्हस्थ्येऽप्यथवा बाल्ये यौवने स्थाविरेऽपि वा (gārhasthye'pyathavā bālye yauvane sthāvire'pi vā) Mb. 3.2.3.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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. 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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