Yacana, aka: Yācanā, Yācana; 7 Definition(s)


Yacana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Yachana.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Yācanā (याचना, “prayer”) refers to one of the two types of invitation, by which the Bodhisattvas address to the Buddhas, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13. The Bodhisattvas (accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata) excelled in inviting innumerable Buddhas.

(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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Yācanā (याचना, “begging”) refers to one of the hardships (parīṣaha), or “series of trials hard to endure” according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 10.1 (Incarnation as Nandana). While practicing penance for a lac of years, Muni Nandana also endured a series of trials hard to endure (eg., yācanā). Nandana is the name of a king as well as one of Mahāvīra’s previous births.

(Source): archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra Vol-i

Yācanā (याचना, “begging”) refers to one of the hardships (parīṣaha) mentioned in the Tattvartha Sutra 9.9.—Yācanā denotes begging. One belonging to the monastic order has to go for alms for all his requirements inclusive of food and water. Begging may be easy for beggars, but it is hard for others. That may even be humiliating. To adopt begging as a part of monastic code, in spite of its humiliating aspect, is called Yācanā-parīṣaha.

(Source): HereNow4U: Tattvartha Sutra
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

yācana : (nt.) begging; entreaty.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Yācanā, (f.)=yācana; J. III, 354=Miln. 230; J. V, 233, 404. (Page 552)

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Yācana, (dt.) (fr. yāc) begging, asking, entreaty J. III, 353; SnA 161 (iṅghā ti yācan’atthe nipāto) 551 (id.); PvA. 113 (=sādhuka).

—jīvāna living by begging J. III, 353. (Page 552)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

Marathi-English dictionary

yācana (याचन).—n (S) yācanā f (S) Begging, petitioning, beseeching.

(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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yācana (याचन) or Yācanā (याचना).—[yāc-lyuṭ]

1) Asking, begging, entreating, soliciting.

2) A request, an entreaty, a petition; याचना माननाशाय (yācanā mānanāśāya); बध्यतामभययाचनाञ्जलिः (badhyatāmabhayayācanāñjaliḥ) R.11.78.

Derivable forms: yācanam (याचनम्).

(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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