1. Hindu term, in combination with other words, to express chronological priority, but also greater depth, profundity, etc. It contrasts with uttara to express later and higher realities.
2. Jain texts of great authority, now lost (but their ‘resonance’ continues through oral teaching: see DIGAMBARA).
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