Uddishtatyagapratima, Uddiṣṭatyāgapratimā, Uddishtatyaga-pratima: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Uddiṣṭatyāgapratimā can be transliterated into English as Uddistatyagapratima or Uddishtatyagapratima, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Uddiṣṭatyāgapratimā (उद्दिष्टत्यागप्रतिमा) or simply Uddiṣṭatyāga represents the eleventh of eleven pratimā (stages) laid down for Jain laymen. Uddiṣṭatyāgapratimā refers to “increasing the rigour of living in the direction of asceticism and refraining even from giving advice on matters relating to family honour, business and the like” according to J. L. Jaini in his “outlines of Jainism” (pp. 67-70).

These pratimās (e.g., uddiṣṭatyāga-pratimā) form a series of duties and performances, the standard and duration of which rises periodically and which finally culminates in an attitude resembling monkhood. Thus the pratimās rise by degrees and every stage includes all the virtues practised in those preceeding it. The conception of eleven pratimās appears to be the best way of exhibiting the rules of conduct prescribved for the Jaina laymen.

Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga

Uddiṣṭatyāgapratimā (उद्दिष्टत्यागप्रतिमा) refers to “the stage of renunciation of the world” and represents the tenth (and eleventh) of eleven pratimās (stages of spiritual progress) according to Śvetāmbara. In Digambara, the tenth pratimā is known as anumati-tyāga and in Āvaśyakacūrṇi as preṣya-tyāga.—In the uddiṣṭa-tyāga-pratimā the layman, according to the Pañcāśaka, avoids all food specially prepared for him and goes about with shaven pate or wearing a top-knot, indifferent to mundane business.

The word pratimā means a statue and is used in another specifcally Jaina sense to designate the kāyotsara. The medieval ācāryas, however, quite plainly conceive of the pratimās (e.g., uddiṣṭa-tyāga-pratimā) as performing a regular progressing series in Amitagati’s words, a sopāna-mārga, a ladder on each rung of which the aspirant layman is to rest for a number of months proportionate to its place on the list before he is fit to supplement and reinforce his acheivement by the practice of the succeeding stage.

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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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