variants or sastra
plural -s
often capitalized
: the sacred scriptures of Hinduism consisting of four categories of text, the sruti, smriti, purana, and tantra
adjective often capitalized

Word History


Sanskrit śāstra, literally, instruction, from śāsti he punishes, instructs; akin to Avestan sāsti he teaches

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“Shastra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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