Yakshasamudra, aka: Yakṣasamudra, Yaksha-samudra; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Yakṣasamudra can be transliterated into English as Yaksasamudra or Yakshasamudra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Yakṣasamudra (यक्षसमुद्र) is the name of an ocean (samudra) surrouding the continent of Yakṣadvīpa (or simply Yakṣa), according to Jain cosmology. The Yakṣasamudra and Yakṣadvīpa are situated in the middle-world (madhyaloka), which contains innumerable concentric continents (dvīpa), each surrounded by their own ocean. The middle-world, as opposed to the upper-world (adhaloka) and the lower-world (ūrdhvaloka), is the only world where humans can be born. Yakṣasamudra is also known as plainly Yakṣa.

Yakṣasamudra is recorded in ancient Jaina canonical texts dealing with cosmology and geography of the universe. Examples of such texts are the Saṃgrahaṇīratna in the Śvetāmbara tradition or the Tiloyapannatti and the Trilokasāra in the Digambara tradition.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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