Tirthaseva, Tīrthasevā, Tirtha-seva: 5 definitions

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Tirthaseva 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.

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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga

Tīrthasevā (तीर्थसेवा) refers to “frequentation of the tīrthas” and represents an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the bhūṣaṇa heading, according to Hemacandra in his 12th century Yogaśāstra verse 2.16. The term tīrtha is to be explained either in a material sense as the places of birth, consecration, enlightenment, and nirvāṇa of the Jinas or in a transferred sense as the fourfold Jaina community.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Tīrthasevā (तीर्थसेवा) refers to “service to the tīrthas” and represents one of the Guṇas (“qualities”), according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, “[...] Vajranābha acquired strong Tirthakṛt-body-making and family-karma by the twenty sthānakas as follows:—[...] The ninth [sthānaka] is right-belief, free from the faults of doubt, etc., adorned with the qualities of firmness, etc. [viz., tīrthasevā-guṇa], characterized by tranquillity, etc. [...]”.

Note: The guṇas are: firmness in Jain doctrine (sthairya); promulgation of Jain doctrine (prabhāvanā); devotion to Jain doctrine (bhakti); expertness in it (kauśala); service to the tīrthas (tirthasevā [tīrthasevā?]). The tīrtha is either dravyatīrtha, places where the Tīrthakṛts were born, received initiation, kevalajñāna, and attained mokṣa; or bhāva-tīrtha, the fourfold congregation, or the chief Gaṇadhara.—(cf. Yogaśāstra 2.17.)

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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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[«previous next»] — Tirthaseva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Tīrthasevā (तीर्थसेवा):—[=tīrtha-sevā] [from tīrtha > tīra] f. = -caryā, [Cāṇakya; Subhāṣitāvali]

2) [v.s. ...] worship of the 24 saints, [Hemacandra’s Yoga-śāstra ii, 16.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Tīrthasevā (तीर्थसेवा):—f. Besuch der heiligen Badeplätze [Spr. (II) 2754. 3286.] bei den Jaina wohl Verehrung der geheiligten Personen [Hemacandra] [Yogaśāstra 2, 16.]

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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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