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Prāyaścitta literally means ‘expiation’.
 
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Sin and its expiation is one of the important subjects discussed by the Hindu scriptures, especially the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas.
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The general name for an expiation is ‘prāyaścitta’. It is defined in various ways:
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1) A firm resolve (citta) to undergo tapas or austerity (prāya).
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2) Purification (citta) from the effects of sins (= prāya).
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3) Destruction (= prāya) of sins and regaining the original pure state (citta).
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For details, see PĀTAKA.
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Sin and its expiation is one of the important subjects discussed by the Hindu scriptures, especially the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas. The general name for an expiation is ‘prāyaścitta’. It is defined in various ways:
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# A firm resolve<ref>Resolve means citta.</ref> to undergo tapas or austerity.<ref>Austerity means prāya.</ref>
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# Purification of citta from the effects of sins.<ref>Sins means prāya.</ref>
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# Destruction<ref>Destruction means prāya.</ref> of sins and regaining the original pure state of citta.
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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prāyaścitta (‘expiation’)
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
Sin and its expiation is one of the important subjects discussed by the Hindu scriptures, especially the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas.
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The general name for an expiation is ‘prāyaścitta’. It is defined in various ways:
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1) A firm resolve (citta) to undergo tapas or austerity (prāya).
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2) Purification (citta) from the effects of sins (= prāya).
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3) Destruction (= prāya) of sins and regaining the original pure state (citta).
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For details, see PĀTAKA.
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Revision as of 06:07, 15 June 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prayascitta, PrAyaZcitta, Praayashcitta


Prāyaścitta literally means ‘expiation’.

Sin and its expiation is one of the important subjects discussed by the Hindu scriptures, especially the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas. The general name for an expiation is ‘prāyaścitta’. It is defined in various ways:

  1. A firm resolve[1] to undergo tapas or austerity.[2]
  2. Purification of citta from the effects of sins.[3]
  3. Destruction[4] of sins and regaining the original pure state of citta.

References

  1. Resolve means citta.
  2. Austerity means prāya.
  3. Sins means prāya.
  4. Destruction means prāya.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore