Tejasa; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Tejasa (तेजस).—The son of Sumati and father of Indradyumna.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 64; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 36.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Tejasa (तेजस) refers to the “luminous body” and represents one of the five types of human ‘bodies’ (śarīra) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.36. What is the meaning of luminous body? That body which is the cause of brilliance or which is caused by brilliance is called luminous body. All empirical souls are endowed with it. What is the special attribute of kārmika body and the luminous body? Both are without impediment i.e. cannot be obstructed by any other concrete substance of any shape or size. What types of living beings have luminous and kārmika bodies? All empirical souls have these two body types.

According to the Tattvārthasūtra 2.48, “the luminous body (tejasa) also (is caused by attainment)”. How many types of luminous body caused by attainment are there? There are two types namely nih ̣saraṇātmaka (inauspicious) and anih ̣saraṇātmka (auspicious).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living
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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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