Svacara, Sva-cara: 6 definitions


Svacara means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Svachara.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Svācāra (स्वाचार) refers to the “way to heaven”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “The wishing tree of the true doctrine which is firm, whose large and very thick root has come forth from compassion for various living souls, whose twelve reflections are massive branches, which is guidance for a householder, whose excellent trunk is the way to heaven (svācāra-suskandhaka), whose splendid blossom is heavenly bliss [and] whose fruit is virtuous inactivity, is caused to ascend by worshippers of the Jina from water in the teachings of the splendid Jinas which are richly wooded”.

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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

Svacara (स्वचर).—a. self-moving.

Svacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and cara (चर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Svācāra (स्वाचार).—(su plus ā°), name of a śreṣṭhin's son: Gaṇḍavyūha 51.22.

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

Svācāra (स्वाचार).—1. [masculine] good conduct.

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Svācāra (स्वाचार).—2. [adjective] well-conducted (also vant).

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

1) Svacara (स्वचर):—[=sva-cara] [from sva] a mfn. self-moving, having o°’s own motion, [Horāśāstra]

2) [=sva-cara] b sva-cetas etc. See p. 1275, col. 2.

3) Svācāra (स्वाचार):—[=sv-ācāra] [from sv-ācaraṇa] m. ([Subhāṣitāvali]) and mf(ā)n. ([Yājñavalkya]) = [preceding]

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Svacara in German

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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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