Vittagama, Vittāgama, Vitta-agama: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Vittāgama (वित्तागम) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to “income” (means of making money). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. The compound Vittāgama is derived from vitta (‘seized by’) and āgama (‘income’).

There are seven lawful sources of income:

  1. Dāya, “inheritance” (ancestral property),
  2. Lābha, “acquisition” (finding of a treasure-trove, etc.),
  3. Kraya, “purchase”,
  4. Jaya, “conquest” (in battle; for the Kṣatriya only),
  5. Prayoga, “investment” (money-lending and trade),
  6. Karmayoga, “industry” (trade and agriculture; for the Vaiśya only),
  7. Satpratigraha, “receiving of proper gifts” (acceptance of gifts from righteous persons; for the Brāhmaṇa only).

(Also see the Manubhāṣya 10.115)

Dharmashastra book cover
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vittāgama (वित्तागम).—acquisition of wealth.

Derivable forms: vittāgamaḥ (वित्तागमः).

Vittāgama is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vitta and āgama (आगम). See also (synonyms): vittopārjana.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vittāgama (वित्तागम):—[from vitta > vid] m. acquisition of w°, means of making money, [Manu-smṛti; Pañcatantra]

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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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