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- Skt. śāstra.
- Skt. शास्त्रम्, śāstra, Pron.: shastra. From Sanskrit: an order, command, precept, rule | teaching, instruction, direction, advice, good counsel | any instrument of teaching, any manual or compendium of rules, any bock or treatise, (•esp.) any religious or scientific treatise, any sacred book or composition of divine authority (applicable even to the Veda, and said to be of fourteen or even eighteen kinds [see under | the word | is often found | after the word denoting the subject of the book, or is applied collectively to whole departments of knowledge | a work on the Vedānta philosophy or the whole body of teaching on that subject | a law-book or whole body of written laws | a poetical work or poetry in general | works on the mechanical arts | erotic compositions | rhetoric | a body of teaching (in general), scripture, science