Svakartha, Svakārtha: 1 definition



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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Svakārtha (स्वकार्थ) refers to “personal interest” according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI).

1) Personal interest (svakārtha) is the practice of the good dharmas. Personal disadvantage is the opposite, irreligion (adharma).

2) Furthermore, faith (śraddhā), discipline (śīla), equanimity (upekṣā), concentration (samādhi), wisdom (prajñā) and the other qualities (guṇa) surpass all wealth (dhana), win present, future and eternal happiness, and lead to the city of immortality (amṛta-nagara). For these three reasons, they are called personal interest (svakārtha).

3) Furthermore, the attainment of present happiness (iha-sukha), future happiness (paratra-sukha) and the eternal happiness of nirvāṇa is called personal interest (svakārtha). The rest is personal disadvantage.

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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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