sū́tra - a thread , yarn , string , line , cord , wire; that which like a thread runs through or holds together everything , rule , direction; a short sentence or aphoristic rule , and any work or manual consisting of strings of such rules hanging together like threads (these sūtra works form manuals of teaching…
sū́tra [p= 1241,3] [L=251185]
(accord. to g. ardhacā*di also m. ; fr. √ siv , " to sew " , and connected with sūci and sūnā) a thread , yarn , string , line , cord , wire AV. &c
cf. -pāta) Hariv. VarBr2S. &c
cf. yajño*pavīta) BhP.
MBh. VarBr2S. Gol.
sūtra works form manuals of teaching in ritual , philosophy , grammar &c : e.g. in ritual there are first the śrauta-sūtras , and among them the kalpa-sūtras , founded directly on śruti q.v. ; they form a kind of rubric to Vedic ceremonial , giving concise rules for the performance of every kind of sacrifice [ IW. 146 &c ] ; other kinds of śruti works are the gṛhya-sūtras and sāmayācārika or dharma-sūtras i.e. " rules for domestic ceremonies and conventional customs " , sometimes called collectively smārta-sūtras [as founded on smṛti or " tradition " » smārta] ; these led to the later dharmaśāstras or " law-books " [ IW. 145] ; in philosophy each system has its regular text-book of aphorisms written in sūtras by its supposed founder [ IW. 60 &c ] ; in vyākaraṇa or grammar there are the celebrated sūtras of pāṇini in eight books , which are the groundwork of a vast grammatical literature ; with Buddhists , pāśupatas &c the term sūtra is applied to original text books as opp. to explanatory works ; with jainas they form part of the dṛṣṭivāda) IW. 162 &c
|[L=251186]||a measuring line (|
|[L=251187]||the sacred thread or cord worn by the first three classes (|
|[L=251190]||a line , stroke|
|[L=251191]||a sketch , plan|
|[L=251192]||that which like a thread runs through or holds together everything , rule , direction|
|[L=251193]||a short sentence or aphoristic rule , and any work or manual consisting of strings of such rules hanging together like threads (these|
|[L=251194]||a kind of tree|