shastra

noun, often capitalized shas·tra
variants: or sastra \ˈshästrə\

Definition of shastra

plural -s
:the sacred scriptures of Hinduism consisting of four categories of text, the sruti, smriti, purana, and tantra

shastraic

\(ˈ)shä¦strāik\ adjective, often capitalized

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Origin and Etymology of shastra

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


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