Upadeshaka, Upadēśaka, Upadeśaka: 13 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Upadēśaka and Upadeśaka can be transliterated into English as Upadesaka or Upadeshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Updeshak.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक) refers to “advise”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to the Gods: “[...] Tāraka will be destroyed by his own sin. How that shall be done you know from me. I shall advise [i.e., upadeśaka] you. Thanks to the power of the boon granted by me. Tāraka cannot be killed by me or by Viṣṇu or by Śiva or by any one of the gods. It is true. O gods, if there is a son born of Śiva, he alone can kill the demon Tāraka. [...]”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक) refers to “giving instruction”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Speech that is untrue [and] harsh, that is the abode of censure [and] gives instruction about the wrong path (asanmārga-upadeśaka), is to be considered to produce bad influx of karma. One who is restrained continually accumulates good karma by the activity of the body through his body which is well-controlled or by abandoning the body”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

upadēśaka (उपदेशक).—a (S) upadēṣṭā a S That instructs or teaches. 2 That advises or counsels. 3 That imparts a mantra.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

upadēśaka (उपदेशक).—a That instructs. That advises. A preacher.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक).—a. Giving instruction, teaching.

-kaḥ An instructor, a guide, preceptor.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Giving instruction, instructing, instructive. m.

(-kaḥ) An instructor, a guide, specially a spiritual guide. E. upa before diś to shew, ṇvul aff.

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

1) Upadeśaka (उपदेशक):—[=upa-deśaka] [from upa-diś] mfn. giving instruction, instructing, instructive, didactic, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

2) [v.s. ...] teacher, instructor, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक):—[upa-deśaka] (kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a. Teaching.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Uvaesaga, Uvadesaga.

[Sanskrit to German]

Upadeshaka in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Upadeśaka (उपदेशक) [Also spelled updeshak]:—(nm) a preceptor, sermoniser.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadeshaka in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Upadēśaka (ಉಪದೇಶಕ):—

1) [noun] a teacher who teaches a subject; an instructor; an educator.

2) [noun] a spiritual or mystic person who initiates or communicates a mystic hymn or formula to his disciple.

3) [noun] one who gives counsel or advice to another; an adviser.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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