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Bhava, 8 Definition(s)

AKA: bhāva

'Bhava' belongs in these categories: Buddhism, Hinduism


Becoming. States of being that develop first in the mind and can then be experienced as internal worlds and/or as worlds on an external level. There are three levels of becoming: on the sensual level, the level of form, and the level of formlessness.
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Bhava is the Sanskrit and Pali word for "becoming" in the sense of ongoing worldly existence, from the root bhu "to become".

Added: 29.Mar.2009 | Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism
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N (Life). Existence. Becoming.

Added: 26.Apr.2009 | Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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Added: 16.Aug.2009 | Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama
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Upadana leads to bhava (becoming). There are two kinds of bhava, viz., kammabhava and upapattibhava.

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Bhava means nature;

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'becoming', 'process of existence', consists of 3 planes:

  • sensuous existence (kāma-bhava),

  • fine-material existence (rūpa-bhava),

  • immaterial existence (arūpa-bhava). Cf. loka.

The whole process of existence may be divided into two aspects:

(1) Karma-process (kamma-bhava), i.e. the karmically active side of existence, being the cause of rebirth and consisting in wholesome and unwholesome volitional actions. See Karma, paticca-samuppāda (IX).

(2) Karma-produced rebirth, or regenerating process (uppattibhava), i.e. the karmically passive side of existence consisting in the arising and developing of the karma-produced and therefore morally neutral mental and bodily phenomena of existence. Cf. Tab. - (App.).

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(feminine and masculine) 'nature',

refers to the sexual characteristics of the body, and belongs to the group of corporeality (s. khandha).

It is a commentarial term for the faculties of femininity and masculinity (s. indriya 7, 8). (App.).

Added: 06.Jun.2010 | Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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The term "bhāva" ('status of being, a subjective becoming, states of mind', from भू bhū, 'to become') is often translated as 'feeling, emotion, mood, devotional state of mind'. In Buddhist thought, bhāva denotes the continuity of life and death, including reincarnation, and the maturation arising therefrom. In the bhakti traditions, bhāva denotes the mood of ecstasy, self-surrender, and channelling of emotional energies that is induced by the maturation of devotion to one's ishtadeva (object of devotion).

In Buddhism, bhāva is the continuity of life and death, conditioned upon "grasping" (upādāna), the desire for further life and sensation. This bhāva is the condition for the arising of living beings in particular forms, through the process of birth (jāti). Bhāva is listed as the tenth of the Twelve Nidānas, the links in the cycle of pratītyasamutpāda or dependent origination. In the Jātakas, in which the Buddha didactically reminds various followers of experiences they shared with him in a past life, the hearers are said not to remember them due to bhāva, i.e. to having been reborn.

In bhakti traditions; Swami Sivananda stated that bhava means mental attitude or mental disposition. He explains bhava as an "internal feeling". For the bhakta (भक्त, devotee), bhāva is the fruit of devotion to one's ishtadeva, which culminates in bhāvasamādhi. In bhaktiyoga (work of devotion), "bhāva is neither controlled nor suppressed, but is transformed into devotion and channelled to the Lord." This channeling may be pursued by means of devotional practices found to evoke and develop bhāva. Such devotional practices are not themselves essential: how and whether to practice them is thought to depend on the temperament of the bhakta.

Added: 18.Jun.2014 | Source: WikiPedia: Indian Culture
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