Vasudevahindi, Vasudevahiṇḍī, Vasudevahiṇḍi: 4 definitions


Vasudevahindi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Lehrstuhl für Indologie: Stories of Trading Merchants and Vasudevahiṇḍī

We are told in the Vasudevahiṇḍī, dated about 2nd century A, D. that “one who enjoys himself and at the same time can add to the wealth of his forefathers is the best, one who at least doesn’t let his forefather’s wealth diminish is average, and he who exhairsts all the wealth of the family is the worst kind of man”.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Google Books: Agama Aura Tripitaka

Vasudeva Hindi : Vasudeva Hindi is considered to be the oldest work in the canonical literature of Jaina religion, in which an account of life events of Arya Jambu also finds place. The author of Vasudeva Hindi is Sri Sanghdās Gani. His life time is believed to be sixth or seventh century of Vikrama era. Vasudeva Hindi is the oldest treatise, composed and written in Jain Maharashtrian Prākrita. Later on, whatever books were written, relating to the life-events of Ārya Jambu, they were all based on the said work. In the chapter, styled ‘Kathotpatti’ (Narrative) of the said book, the life events of Ārya Jambu have been narrated. Since he was the authority and well conversant with Jaina Agamic scriptures, he was the only source for propagation and spread of religious and philosophical doctrines of Jainism. Hence the students must be aware of the biography of Ārya Jambu. and, therefore, his biographical narrative is reproduced below in concise form on the basis of Vasudeva Hindi.

Source: Google Books: Ludwig Alsdorf and Indian Studies

Vasudevahiṇḍī (“Vasudeva’s wandering”, ca. 5th century CE) is a work of Jain narrative literature by Saṅghadāsa, written in an old style of Jaina-Māhārāṣṭrī. The Vasudevahiṇḍī links the contents of the nowadays lost Bṛhatkathā of Guṇāḍhya, the source of many Indian narrative and dramatic texts, in an unique way with the Jain Universal History described above. Contrary to the other works of the Bṛhatkathā-tradition, however, the intention to transmit didactical contents through entertaining stories, is much more evident in the Vasudevahiṇḍī.

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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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India history and geography

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Source: South Asian Arts

Related to the Bṛhat-kathā cycle, though the exact relationship is unclear, is the Jain Prākrit text of the Vāsudevahiṇḍī, “The Roamings of Vāsudeva” (before 6th century), describing the acquisition of numerous wives by Krishna Vāsudeva.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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