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1. Hinduism
a. A body of teaching composed in Sanskrit and addressing a particular aspect of religious or cultural practice.
b. A canonical text forming a part of such a body of teaching.
2. Buddhism A commentary on the sutras, generally composed in Sanskrit.

[Sanskrit śāstram, from śāsti, he commands, governs, instructs; akin to Albanian thom, I say.]
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(ˈʃɑːstrə) ,




(Hinduism) any of the sacred writings of Hinduism
[C17: from Sanskrit śāstra, from śās to teach]
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From Vasubandhu's description of his own Abhidharmakosa as a sastra, (11) Tarkajvala's reference to the author of Madhyamakahrdaya as the author of the sastra, (12) and Candrakirti's citation of the verses of his own Madhyamakavatara, (13) we learn that Buddhist writers recognize as sastras not just canonized works of their tradition but their further expositions as well, including systematic treatises that they themselves have composed.
On a tour through the cosmos as envisioned in key classical Hindu sources and in some of their modern heirs, Frazier tries to reconstruct views of different realms and levels of reality as depicted in such texts as the Vedas and Upanishads, Sutras and Sastras, the Mahabharata, and later contexts of text and practice.
"The debate should be between knowledgeable persons from the Muslim community, who know their sastras [sacred scripture], the Quran.
According to reports, this Temple strictly adheres to the principles of Agama Sastras as described in Vedas under the directives of experts from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams of India.
For example, Ramabai Ranade employed an "ingenious adaptation of the contemporary discourse on motherhood." (69) Using a variety of sources including women's periodicals, novels, and short stories by Mahar woman, and women's response to the custom of tonsuring widows, Anagol draws attention to women's solidarity as they evoked the concept of stri jati (sisterhood), condemned the sastras, and supported each other.
My studies in the ancient Sastras gave me a standpoint that I could defend and from which I could evaluate my acquired Western critical culture.
This being true, some articles have not been reprinted, mainly those written in languages other than English or more comprehensive writings such as "Hindu Law of Succession: From the Sastras to Modern Law" (1967), "Caste and Occupation in Classical India: The Normative Texts" (1975), and "Ownership by Birth: The Mitaksara Stand" (2001, co-authored with Rosane Rocher).
Throughout, Bowles moves freely between different genres, i.e., different sastras, especially dharmasastra, arthasastra, and itihasa, combining insights from each in the pursuit of potentially different perspectives on distress and calamity and their disturbance of normal and normative life.
Tradition likewise links the study of the self (atman) or mind (citta) in Patanjala Yoga with the two other principal "sciences" (tantras or sastras) of the classical period (ca.