Upagrahikarma, Upagrāhikarma, Upagrahi-karma: 1 definition


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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Upagrāhikarma (उपग्राहिकर्म) refers to “karma which helps to prolong existence” (i.e., Āyukarma, Nāmakarma, Gotrakarma, and Vedanīyakarma), according to chapter 3.2 [abhinandana-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—(See Ardha-Māgadhī Koṣa, uvaggaha)

Accordingly: “[...] Engaged in śaileśī-meditation, destroying karma prolonging existence (upagrāhikarma), possessing the four infinities of Siddhas, the Blessed Abhinandana and the thousand Munis went to the place from which there is no return on the eighth day of the white half of Vaiśākha, the moon being in conjunction with Puṣpa”.

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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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