Vamshakarira, Vaṃśakārīra, Vamsha-karira: 1 definition

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Vamshakarira means something in Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Vaṃśakārīra can be transliterated into English as Vamsakarira or Vamshakarira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Vaṃśakārīra (वंशकारीर) in Sanskrit and Vaṃsakarilla in Prakrit refers to shoots of vaṃsa (bamboo). This plant is classifed as ananta-kāya, or “plants that are inhabited by an infinite number of living organisms”, and therefore are abhakṣya (forbidden to consume) according to Nemicandra (in his Pravacana-sāroddhāra v245-246). Those plants which are classifiedas ananta-kāyas (eg., vaṃśa-kārīra ) seem to be chosen because of certain morphological peculiarities such as the possession of bulbs or rhizomes orthe habit of periodically shedding their leaves; and in general theyare characterized by possibilities of vegetative reproduction.

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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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