Vishishtajnana, Viśiṣṭajñāna, Vishishta-jnana: 2 definitions
Vishishtajnana means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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 Viśiṣṭajñāna can be transliterated into English as Visistajnana or Vishishtajnana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
General definition (in Jainism)Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections
Viśiṣṭajñāna (विशिष्टज्ञान) refers to “preeminent knowing”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Fools mourn for relations experiencing the results of their own actions [but] because of the confusion of [their] intelligence [com.—viśiṣṭajñāna-nāśa—‘because of the destruction of preeminent knowing’] [they do] not [mourn for] themselves situated in Yama’s fangs. In this forest that is the cycle of rebirth dwelt in by Yama the serpent-king, the men of olden times, who were eternal previously, have come to an end”.
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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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Viśiṣṭajñāna (विशिष्टज्ञान).—n S Knowledge of an object distinguished or characterized by something (whether a property or an accident) standing out in some speciality (inherent or attached): opp. to viṣayajñāna Knowledge of an object mere, bare, simple, or unparticularized.
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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Siddhanta Sangraha of Sri Sailacharya (by E. Sowmya Narayanan)
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