Yogvakrata, Yogavakratā, Yoga-vakrata: 1 definition


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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Yogavakratā (योगवक्रता) refers to “crooked activities” according to the Tattvārthasūtra chapter 6. Accordingly, “crooked activities (yogavakratā) and deception (visaṃvāda) cause the influx of inauspicious physique-making karmas”. What is meant by crooked activities (yogavakratā)? To imply different meanings /intentions by activities of mind, speech and body is called crooked activity. What is the difference between yogavakratā and visaṃvāda? They are poles apart. Yogavakratā is applying crooked activities on self while visaṃvāda refers to misleading others.

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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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