Suvidhi, Su-vidhi: 11 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Suvidhi (सुविधि) refers to “good planning”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 40).—Accordingly, “[Question].—The ten powers are knowledges and the four fearlessnesses (vaiśāradya) are also knowledges. What are the similarities and the differences? [Answer].—When the qualities of the Buddha are explained at length, this is bala; when they explained in brief, this is vaiśāradya. [...] The knowledge of good planning (suvidhi-jñatā) is bala; the application of this knowledge is vaiśāradya. Omniscience and the awareness [of things] in all their aspects is bala; the manifestation of this omniscience and this awareness of all the aspects is vaiśāradya. [...]”.

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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: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Suvidhi (सुविधि):—Another name for Puṣpadanta, the ninth Tīrthaṅkara of Janism. This is name is also known as Suvidhinātha.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Suvidhi (सुविधि) or Puṣpadanta refers to the ninth of the twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras praised in the first book (ādīśvara-caritra) [chapter 1] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “[...] we worship the Arhats, who at all times and all places purify the people of the three worlds by their name, representation, substance, and actual existence. [...] May Suvidhi, who considers the universe as plain as a myrobalan lying in the hand by means of his wealth of omniscience, the depository of inconceivable power, be for your enlightenment”.

Suvidhi is the son of Sugrīva and Rāmā, according to chapter 3.7, “[...] Because his mother became expert in all religious rites, while he was in the womb, and because a tooth appeared from a pregnancy-whim for flowers, his parents gave the Lord two names, Suvidhi and Puṣpadanta, at a great festival on any auspicious day. Showing great difference (in characteristics) from birth, the Master grew gradually like the day increasing after the passage of the sun into Aries. [...]”.

2) Suvidhi (सुविधि) is the father of Jīvānanda: a previous incarnation of Ṛṣabha, according to the same chapter.—Accordingly: “after he had enjoyed pleasures unceasingly, the soul of Vajrajaṅgha fell from the exhaustion of his life-span, just as a snow-ball melts in the sun. In Jambūdvīpa, in the Videhas, in the city Kṣitipratiṣṭhita, he was born as the son, named Jīvānanda, of the physician Suvidhi. [...] In the same city the soul of Śrīmatī too was born as the son Keśava of the merchant Īśvaradatta”.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Vṛṣabhanātha

Suvidhi (सुविधि) is the father of Jīvānanda:Vṛṣabhanātha’s ninth incarnation (bhava).—Getting out of the bhava of Dhannā, the caravan merchant and crossing over various stages of human existence, Vṛṣabhanātha was born as son of physician Suvidhi. This was Vṛṣabhanātha’s 9th bhava. He was named Jīvānanda. Jīvānanda had four close friends - first was the prince Mahīdhara, second was the son of a trader, third was the son of a minister and fourth the son of a merchant.

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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

Suvidhi (सुविधि).—a good rule, ordinance.

Derivable forms: suvidhiḥ (सुविधिः).

Suvidhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and vidhi (विधि).

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

Suvidhi (सुविधि).—m.

(-dhiḥ) The ninth Jaina deified teacher of the present age. E. su good, and vidhi a precept.

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

Suvidhi (सुविधि).—[masculine] a good manner or way.

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

1) Suvidhi (सुविधि):—[=su-vidhi] [from su > su-yaj] m. a good rule or ordinance ([instrumental case] ‘in the right manner, properly’), [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] (with Jainas) Name of the 9th Arhat of the present Avasarpiṇī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Suvidhi (सुविधि):—[su-vidhi] (dhiḥ) 2. m. The 9th Jaina teacher of this age.

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

Suvidhi (सुविधि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Suvihi.

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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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