Svadhyaya, Svādhyāya, Sva-adhyaya: 23 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Swadhyay.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—Vedic studies, neglect of, before Pṛthu's advent;1 recitation of Veda on the occasion of the śrāddha.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 10. 11; 16. 9.
  • 2) Ib. 17. 37.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Education: Systems & Practices

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) refers to “self-study, introspection” and forms part of the ancient Indian education system, which aimed at both the inner and the outer dimension of a person. Students living with the teacher (Guru or Ācārya) led a life of self-control, abstinence, obedience and devotion and regulated their lives by adhering to yama (self-restraint) and niyama (five observances), that is, śauca — purity of body, mind, thought; santoṣa — positive contentment; tapas — austerity; svādhyāya — self-study, introspection; and īśvarapraṇidhāna — faith in and surrender to the gods.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) refers to “self-reading”, as mentioned in the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“the prohibition of reciting Mantras in the Svādhyāya does not apply to the sacrifice, because there is then a different object”. Commentary: Svādhyāya, i.e. self-reading, is the name given to the study of the Veda, both in first learning and in afterwards repeating it. This study is under several restrictions, but these restrictions cease when the Veda is used for sacrificial purposes.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) refers to “chanting the holy name” and represents one of the five limbs of Arcana (“deity worship”), according to the Arcana-dīpikā (manual on deity worship).—Svādhyāya refers to chanting the holy name and the mantras received at the time of dīkṣā, while meditating on their meaning; performing kīrtana; reciting verses and prayers; performing congregational chanting; and studying and following Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta and other scriptures concerning bhakti and endowed with authentic philosophical conclusions.

Generally, there are five limbs of Arcana [viz., svādhyāya]. This is also known as pañcāṅga-viṣṇu-yajña (fivefold sacrifice performed for the pleasure of Śrī Viṣṇu). [...] These five limbs of Arcana (pañcāṅga-arcana) are not temporary and mundane but eternal, supremely pure limbs of bhakti that help one attain the lotus feet of Śrī Bhagavān.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) or Svādhyāyadharma refers to “those acting up to the Vedic principles”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If there should be both lunar and solar eclipses in one month, princes will suffer both from dissensions among their own army and from wars. [...] If the eclipses should fall within lunar month of Māgha, persons noted for filial duty, the descendants of Vasiṣṭha, men acting up to the Vedic principles [i.e., svādhyāya-dharma-nirata], elephant and horses will suffer distress; the people of Vaṅga of Aṅga, and of Benares will be afflicted with miseries; and there will be rain suited to the wants of the ryots”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) refers to one of the ten Niyamas (restraint) prescribed for forest dwelling, as mentioned in the the Vaikhānasasmārtasūtra.—The Mānasollāsa verse 9.21-24ab lists thirty Yamas and Niyamas. The Vaikhānasasmārtasūtra (8.4), whose date has been estimated between the fourth and eighth centuries, is the earliest source for a list of twenty Yamas and Niyamas [e.g., svādhyāya]. These were prescribed to a sage at the forest dwelling (vanāśrama) stage of life.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) is a Sanskrit word referring to personal study of Vedic literature.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Svādhyāya is a Sanskrit term in Hinduism having several meanings, including study of the Vedas and other sacred books, self-recitation, repetition of the Vedas aloud, and as a term for the Vedas themselves. In various schools of Hinduism, particularly Yoga, Svadhyaya is also a Niyama, a virtuous behavior. As a virtue, it means "study of self", "self reflection", "introspection, observation of self".

1) Svādhyāya is a compound Sanskrit word composed of svā (स्व) + adhyāya (अध्याय). Adhyāya means "a lesson, lecture, chapter; reading". Svā means "own, one's own, self, the human soul". Therefore, Svādhyāya literally means "one's own reading, lesson".

2) Svādhyāya is also a compound Sanskrit word composed of svā (स्व) + dhyāya (ध्याय). Dhyāya means "meditating on". The root of Adhyāya and Dhyāya is “Dhyai” (ध्यै) which means “meditate, contemplate, think of”. The term Svādhyāya therefore, also connotes “contemplation, meditation, reflection of one self”, or simply “to study one’s own self”.

Taittiriya Upanishad’s hymn 1.9.1 emphasizes the central importance of Svadhyaya in one’s pursuit of Reality (ṛta), Truth (satya), Self-restraint (damaḥ), Perseverance (tapas), Tranquility and Inner Peace (samas), Relationships with others, family, guests (praja, prajana, manus, atithi) and all Rituals (agnaya, agnihotram).

Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

Svadhyaya means learning one’s Veda (the branch of Veda one is ordained to pursue) along with the Vedangas. It is through learning that one gains the knowledge of the rites he should perform as his duty, the rites he can perform for various other desired purposes, how to perform those, and what his conduct should be to gain the desired results (these could be material or heavenly or liberation).

Svadhyaya is the primary duty during brahmacarya, and forms the basis for performing all the rites of subsequent ashramas.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) refers to the “study of sacred texts” and represents a characteristic of six-fold inner penance: one of the two kinds of tapas, 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, in the sermon of Sūri Dharmaghoṣa:—“[...] that is called penance (tapas) that burns away karma. Outer penance is fasting, etc., and inner is confession and penance, etc. [...] Confession and penance (prayaścitta), service to others (vaiyāvṛtta), study of sacred texts (svādhyāya), reverence (vinaya), indifference to the body (vyutsarga), good meditation (śubhadhyāna) are the sixfold inner penance”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 9: Influx of karmas

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—How many types of self-study (svādhyāya) austerities are there? The five types of self-study austerities are:

  1. teaching (vācāna),
  2. questioning (pracchanā),
  3. contemplation (anuprekṣā),
  4. recitation (āmnāya),
  5. preaching (dharmopadeśa).
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—m (S sva & adhyāya) Perusal of the Vedas: also a day on which the resumption of the work of reading them is commanded or permitted after a suspension of it.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—m Perusal of the Vedas.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—

1) self-recitation, muttering to oneself.

2) study of the Vedas, sacred study, perusal of sacred books; स्वाध्यायेनार्चयेदृषीन् (svādhyāyenārcayedṛṣīn) Manusmṛti 3.81; Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 16.1; T. Up.1.9.1.

3) the Veda itself.

4) a day on which sacred study is enjoined to be resumed after suspension. °अर्थिन् (arthin) m. a student who tries to secure his own livelihood during his course of holy study; Manusmṛti 11.1.

Derivable forms: svādhyāyaḥ (स्वाध्यायः).

Svādhyāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and adhyāya (अध्याय).

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

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Inaudible reading or muttering of prayers. 2. The Vedas or scripture. 3. Perusal or study of the Vedas. E. sva one’s self, adhyāya reading.

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

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय).—[masculine] reading or repeating (to one’s self), [especially] study of the Veda.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—śr. Oudh. Xix, 24. Bhk. 22.

2) Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय):—śr. Oudh. Xxi, 22. Xxii, 36.

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

1) Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय):—[from sva] a m. reciting or repeating or rehearsing to o°’s self, repetition or recitation of the Veda in a low voice to o°’s self, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] repeating the V° aloud ([accusative] with caus. of √1. śru, ‘to cause the V° to be repeated aloud’), [Manu-smṛti iii, 232]

3) [v.s. ...] recitation or perusal of any sacred texts, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] the Veda, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a day on which sacred recitation is resumed after its suspension, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

7) [v.s. ...] mfn. studying the V° (-tama, perhaps [wrong reading] for svādhyāyi-t), [Divyāvadāna]

8) [from sva] b [Nominal verb] [Parasmaipada] yāyati, to study, recite, read to ([accusative]), [Divyāvadāna; Saddharma-puṇḍarīka]

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

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय):—[svā+dhyāya] (yaḥ) 1. m. Muttering of prayers; Vedas; study of them.

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

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Sajjhāya.

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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

Svādhyāya (स्वाध्याय) [Also spelled swadhyay]:—(nm) study; ~[] studious.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Svādhyāya (ಸ್ವಾಧ್ಯಾಯ):—

1) [noun] a studying, esp. the vedas, on one’s own (without taking help or guidance from others).

2) [noun] any of the vedas.

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