Vicikitsa, aka: Vicikitsā; 5 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Vichikitsa.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vicikitsā (विचिकित्सा, “doubt”) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “the obstacle of doubt (vicikitsā-nīvaraṇa).—When doubt covers the mind, one is unable to fix one’s mind on the good dharmas. Concentration (samāhita-citta) being absent, there is nothing to be gained from the Buddhadharma. Thus the man who goes to a mountain of jewels (ratnagiri) is unable to gather any if he has no hands”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Vicikitsā (विचिकित्सा, “doubt”) refers to one of the “six defilements” (kleśa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 67). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., vicikitsā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Vicikitsā (विचिकित्सा, “repulsion”) refers to an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the aticāra heading, according to various Jain authors. Two interpretations of vicikitsā are given by the Śvetāmbaras from Siddhasena Gaṇin onwards: either it means hesitation or doubt about the value of the results of various human activities (not about the tenets of Jainism as in the case of the first aticāra); or else it means repugnance for the bodies of Jaina ascetics because these are evil-smelling owing to the accumulation of filth and sweat on their unwashed limbs. What hinders them from bathing in water that has been rendered sterile, people ask, oblivious of the fact that a monk must insist on the impuritvof the body.

The aticāras of samyaktva (eg., Vicikitsā) may virtually, if the fourth and fifth of them which are closely related are merged together, be equated with the first four doṣas. Both aticāras and doṣas represent the negation of the aṅgas. Pūjyapāda holds that it is in any event unnecessary to have eight aticāras corresponding to the eight aṅgas as the fourth and fifth—para-pāṣaṇḍi-praśaṃsā and para-pāṣaṇḍi-saṃstava—are elastic and comprehensive.


Source: Jaina Yoga
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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

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vicikitsā (विचिकित्सा).—f S Doubting, doubt.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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-English dictionary

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Vicikitsā (विचिकित्सा).—

1) Doubt, hesitation, uncertainty; येयं प्रेते विचिकित्सा मनुष्ये अस्तीत्येके नायमस्तीति चैके (yeyaṃ prete vicikitsā manuṣye astītyeke nāyamastīti caike) Kaṭh. Up.1.1.2; Bṛ. Up.1.5.3; तुभ्यं मद्विचिकित्सायामात्मा मे दर्शितो बहिः (tubhyaṃ madvicikitsāyāmātmā me darśito bahiḥ) Bhāg.3.9.37.

2) Mistake, error.

3) Finding out the real state (tattvanirṇaya); द्रव्यस्य विचिकित्सार्थं गुणदोषौ शुभाशुभौ (dravyasya vicikitsārthaṃ guṇadoṣau śubhāśubhau) Bhāg.11.21.3.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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