Vyanjanavagraha, Vyañjanāvagraha, Vyanjana-avagraha: 1 definition


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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Vyañjanāvagraha (व्यञ्जनावग्रह, “contact awareness”) refers to one of the two types of apprehension (avagraha).—What is the meaning of vyañjana? It means indistinct. What is the meaning of contact awareness (vyañjanāvagraha)? It implies the collection of indistinct sounds for cognition e.g. hearing the bustling sounds in the market. Which sense organs are not able to have contact awareness (vyañjanāvagraha)? Eyes and mind are the two sense organs which are not capable of contact awareness.

Avagraha refers to one of the four divisions of sensory knowledge (mati). Mati refers to one of the five types of knowledge (jñāna) according to Tattvārthasūtra 1.9.

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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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