Definition of shastra in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːstrə
(also sastra)


  • (In Hinduism and some forms of Buddhism) a work of sacred scripture.
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    • The dharma shastras discuss at some length the issue of unworthy or even dangerous guests, yet advising that no matter what the circumstances, the visitor should at least receive food.
    • Neither shastras nor smritis suggest that there exists an immutable, universal moral doctrine.
    • The Vedas and shastras are many, but life is very short.


from Sanskrit śāstra.

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