Meaning of shastra in English:


(also sastra)

Pronunciation /ˈʃɑːstrə/


  • (in Hinduism and some forms of Buddhism) a work of sacred scripture.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘During his study of the sastras he became convinced about the inherent weakness in the Advaita philosophy and developed a keen desire to revive the theistic science of Vedas with his own thorough reinterpretation of the texts.’
    • ‘I told Swami that I had come to learn shastras under his tutelage.’


From Sanskrit śāstra.