Svabhavavada, Svabhava-vada, Svabhāvavāda: 3 definitions



Svabhavavada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Svabhavavada in Hinduism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories (h)

Svabhāvavāda (स्वभाववाद) refers to one of the philosophical systems regarding the cause and effect relation prevalent in Ancient India.—Svabhāvavāda or Yadṛcchāvāda is upheld by the Cārvāka system Thisview is very old and is found mentioned in the Upaniṣads. It is also found in the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad that svabhāva or nature is the cause of the world. Svabhāvavāda is also discussed in the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha, where it is said that the phenomenon of the world is produced spontaneously from the inherent nature of things. It is said there that the heat of fire, coolness of water, refreshing coolness of wind etc. are all come into existence because of their own nature. There is no creator of these phenomena.

Aśvaghoṣa states about the Svabhāvavāda in his Buddhacarita. He discusses that good and bad things are originated according to their own nature. Life and death of human beings are also the same. The Svabhāvavādins describe that the thorn is sharp, different birds and animals are different in colour, form, behaviour etc. because of their nature. Explaining the view of theSvabhāvavādins Guṇaratna says that these philosophers maintain that all things of this world are produced by nature. It is the nature of earth that from it pot is produced. Similarly cloth is produced from threads naturally. Again it is the nature of the weaver that he makes cloth and not pot. Hence everything is produced by its own nature.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svabhavavada in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

svabhāvavāda (स्वभाववाद).—m (S) The doctrine, or the maintenance of it, that the Universal system was arranged and is maintained by the necessary action of substances according to the impulses of their respective natures: also the doctrine, or the maintenance of it, that the universe sprang from itself. One of the modifications, in the first case, of Materialism; in the second, or virtually in both cases, of Atheism.

context information

Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svabhavavada in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Svabhāvavāda (स्वभाववाद):—[=sva-bhāva-vāda] [from sva-bhāva > sva] m. the doctrine that the universe was produced and is sustained by the natural and necessary action of substances according to their inherent properties, [Monier-Williams’ 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 (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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