Susthita, Su-sthita, Sushthita: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Susthita (सुस्थित) is the name of a teacher, as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “One fine day, Master Susthita, having left Mount Arbuda for a pilgrimage to the Aṣṭāpada, arrived precisely in this hamlet called Siṃhaguhā with his community. The rainy season came and the earth filled with living beings. [...] With time, while he (i.e., Vaṅkacūla = Puṣpacūla) ruled this kingdom, two pupils of this same Master (Susthita), Dharmaṛṣi and Dharmadatta, came to spend the rainy season in this same hamlet. One of the monks fasted for three months, the other a four-month fast”.

Cf. Pariś. VIII. v. 377-414: Jacobi analysis1932 p. LXXVIII-LXXIX.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Susthita (सुस्थित) refers to “(that which is) well established”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Then, the bodhisatva, the great being, Gaganagañja addressed himself to the Lord: [...] (25) [How do the Bodhisattvas] unite with all realm of the dharmas after having entered into the way of the dharmadhātu? (26) [How are the Bodhisattvas] undisturbed (aniñjya) having made a resolve as firm as a diamond, being well established (susthita) in this unshakable great vehicle (mahāyāna)? [...]’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Susthita (सुस्थित) is the name of an ancient Muni, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-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, “[...] one day, for amusement she [viz., Śrīmatī] ascended the high palace named Sarvatobhadra, like a streak of twilight-clouds on a mountain. Then in a beautiful garden she saw the gods coming to Muni Susthita who had reached omniscience”.

2) Susthita (सुस्थित) refers to the lord of the Lavaṇoda ocean surrounding Jambūdvīpa which is situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3.—Accordingly, “Next, surrounding Jambūdvīpa, and twice as wide, is the ocean named Lavaṇoda. [...] At 12,000 yojanas (from Jambūdvīpa) in the intermediate directions in the east are the two islands of the Moon, with an equal width and length (i.e. 12,000). At the same distance in the west are the two islands of the Sun; and also at the same distance is Gautamadvīpa, the abode of Susthita. On these are palaces, the abodes of the inner and outer suns and moons of Lavaṇoda”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Susthita (सुस्थित).—a. in the same sense as सुस्थ (sustha).

-tam a house with a gallery on all sides.

Susthita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and sthita (स्थित).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Susthita (सुस्थित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Living well or happily. 2. Being well, in health or condition. E. su, and sthita who or what stays in.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Susthita (सुस्थित).—[adjective] well-established; also = sustha.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Suṣṭhita (सुष्ठित):—[=su-ṣṭhita] [from su > su-ṣaṃsad] incorrect for su-sthita (q.v.)

2) Susthita (सुस्थित):—[=su-sthita] [from su > su-saṃyata] mf(ā)n. well established, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] firm, unshaken (as a heart), [Rāmāyaṇa] ([Bombay edition])

4) [v.s. ...] being on the right path, innocent, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] being in good condition or well off, easy, comfortable, healthy, prosperous, fortunate, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] artless, simple (e [vocative case] f. in addressing a woman), [Rāmāyaṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] m. Name of various Jaina teachers, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

8) [v.s. ...] n. a house with a gallery on all sides, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Susthita (सुस्थित):—[(taḥ-tā-taṃ) a.] Being well; living well.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Susthita (सुस्थित) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Suṭṭhia.

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Susthita (सुस्थित):—(a) well-situated, well-located; well-poised; hence ~[] (nf).

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