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Sañjiva

1. Sañjiva.– One of the two chief disciples of Kakusandha Buddha (D.ii.4; J.i.42; Bu.xxiii.20). He was expert in concentration (samādhi), and lived in cells, caves, etc., sustaining himself on samādhi. One day, when in a state of trance in a forest, woodmen, thinking him dead, burnt his body, but he, emerging at the proper time from his trance, shook out his robes and entered the village for alms; hence his name, Sañjīva (Quick) (M.i.333; cf. DA.ii.417; MA.i.522; PSA.496). This feat is referred to as an example of samādhi-vipphāra-iddhi. e.g., Vism.380, 706; PS.ii.212; BuA.24, etc.

2. Sañjīva.– A hell (niraya). Beings born there are subjected to numerous tortures, but contrive to survive them; hence the name. J.v.266, 270.

3. Sañjīva.– A brahmin who could bring the dead to life; see the Sañjīva Jātaka. He is identified with Ajātasattu. J.i.511.

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