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Divya-dhvani refers to the special communication of a tīrthaṅkara after obtaining omniscience.
Aspect of Omniscience
Divya-dhvani derives from √divya (meaning divine, heavenly, supernatural, wondrous, magical) and √dhvani (meaning sound, noise, echo, voice, tone, tune, thunder, allusion, hint). This divine sound is a distinct attribute of a tīrthaṅkara, or liberated Jain teacher, who has achieved kevala-jñāna, or omniscience, meaning the simultaneous perception of everything in the universe.
At the moment of omniscience, a tīrthaṅkara, also called a Jina or kevalin, who has overcome bodily and mental limitations and whose conduct in previous lives enables the gift of divine sound, obtains the miraculous power of divya-dhvani (, p. 260). The sound manifests artha, the full meaning of the Jina’s teaching, and is thought to be the origin of Jain canonical texts, or sūtras (, p. 42).
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