Svalakshana, Svālakṣaṇa, Svalakṣaṇa, Sva-lakshana: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Svālakṣaṇa and Svalakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Svalaksana or Svalakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Svalakṣaṇa (स्वलक्षण) or Svalakṣaṇāśuci refers to the “impurity of intrinsic characteristics” and represents one of the five “impurities of the body” (kāyāśuci), contemplating on which, the Yogin can obtain the four “foundations of mindfulness” (smṛtyupasthāna), forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.

Accordingly, the impurity of Svalakṣaṇa is described as follows: “this body with its nine gates is always secreting impurity: the eyes spill out rheum and tears; the ears produce wax; the nose contains snot; the mouth has saliva and vomit; the anus and the urethra constantly empty out excrement and urine; and the hair-pores sweaty impurity... That is what is called the impurity of intrinsic characteristics (svalakṣaṇāśuci)”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (S) next»] — Svalakshana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Svālakṣaṇa (स्वालक्षण).—a. Easily perceived.

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Svalakṣaṇa (स्वलक्षण).—a peculiar characteristic or property.

Derivable forms: svalakṣaṇam (स्वलक्षणम्).

Svalakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).

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

1) Svalakṣaṇa (स्वलक्षण):—[=sva-lakṣaṇa] [from sva] a n. peculiar characteristic or property, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. having its own specific characteristics, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

3) [=sva-lakṣaṇa] b sva-likhita etc. See p. 1276, col. 3.

4) Svālakṣaṇa (स्वालक्षण):—[=sv-ālakṣaṇa] mfn. easily perceived or discerned, [Mahābhārata]

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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. 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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