Abhasa, Ābhāsa, Abhasha, Ābhāṣa: 22 definitions


Abhasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Ābhāṣa can be transliterated into English as Abhasa or Abhasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Ābhāsa (आभास) refers to:—Semblance; reflection. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Ābhāsa (आभास) refers to “—1. not. of a type of prāsāda (Rau) §§ 4.5, 8. - 2. n. of a type of sanctuary (Aj) § 5.5.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaiva philosophy

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Ābhāsa (आभास) refers to “phenomena”, according to Utpaladeva’s Vivṛti on Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā 1.5.6.—Accordingly, “[...] [If you reply:] “But this [property of being an object] can only belong to [things] that are distinct from manifestation,” what [of these objects] could there be [if they are distinct from manifestation]? [And] what is this [so-called] annihilation of ordinary human practice [that must inexorably occur according to you] if [objects] are one with phenomena (ābhāsa-ekatva)? This is what [the Vṛtti] says in “let [us admit that] they consist in phenomena (ābhāsa-ātmakā). [...]”.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Ābhāsa (आभास) or Ābhāsaka refers to “(outward) projection” (of the conditions), according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.11]—“[Śiva is] he who exists in a fixed condition, who brings about all conditions [in all] time[s] and direction[s] but is not touched by [those conditions]. He controls them. He is their leader, [he leads] quickly, he wishes it, and he quickly brings [that which is wished for into being. He] projects [all conditions] outward (bahis-ābhāsaka) and he also causes them to be made one with himself [internally, inside his consciousness]. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Advaita Vedanta)

Ābhāsa (आभास) refers to a “reflection (of duality)”, according to the Māṇḍūkyopaniṣatkārikā 3.29.—Accordingly, while discussing the dream and waking states: “Just as in the case of dreaming, the mind, which is a reflection of duality (dvaya-ābhāsa), is active because of Māyā, so the waking mind, which is [also] a reflection of duality (dvaya-ābhāsa), is active because of Māyā”.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ābhāsa : (m.) light; lustre; radiance.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ābhāsa, (Sk. ābhāsa, fr. ā + bhās) splendour, light, appearance M.III, 215. (Page 103)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ābhāsa (आभास).—m (S) Semblance, likeness, similitude, appearance. 2 A fancy, a thought, an impression, a slight belief; perception or view of as actual or probable. 3 In logic. Semblance of a reason; an argument plausible yet erroneous; a fallacy, sophism, paralogism. See uttarābhāsa, bhāvābhāsa, rasā- bhāsa, hētvābhāsa, pakṣābhāsa in order. Other compounds are formed at will: as karūṇābhāsa, krōdhā- bhāsa, utsāhābhāsa, snēhābhāsa, prītyābhāsa.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ābhāsa (आभास).—m Semblance. A fancy. A fallacy.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ābhāṣa (आभाष).—[bhāṣ-ghañ]

1) Addressing.

2) An introduction, preface.

3) Speech, talk.

4) A saying, proverb.

Derivable forms: ābhāṣaḥ (आभाषः).

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Ābhāsa (आभास).—[bhās-ac]

1) Splendour, light, lustre.

2) A reflection; तत्राज्ञानं धिया नश्येदाभासात्तु घटः स्फुरेत् (tatrājñānaṃ dhiyā naśyedābhāsāttu ghaṭaḥ sphuret) Vedānta.

3) (a) Resemblance, likeness; oft. at the end of comp; नभश्च रुधिराभासम् (nabhaśca rudhirābhāsam) Rām. &c.; चिदाभास (cidābhāsa), (b) Semblance, phantom; m; युक्तिवाक्यतदाभाससमाश्रयाः (yuktivākyatadābhāsasamāśrayāḥ)तत्साहसाभासम् (tatsāhasābhāsam) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 2 looks like wantonness.

4) Any unreal or fallacious appearance (as in hetvābhāsa); पुनरुक्तवदाभासः (punaruktavadābhāsaḥ) S. D.

5) A fallacy, fallacious reasoning, semblance of a reason, an erroneous but plausible argument; see हेत्वाभास (hetvābhāsa); S. D.27.

6) An intention, purpose.

7) One of the nine materials of which idols are made, a marble.

8) A class of building.

9) An irreligious kind of worship; विधर्मः परधर्मश्च आभास उपमा छलः । अधर्मशाखाः पञ्चेमा धर्मज्ञोऽधर्मवत्त्यजेत् (vidharmaḥ paradharmaśca ābhāsa upamā chalaḥ | adharmaśākhāḥ pañcemā dharmajño'dharmavattyajet) || Bhāgavata 7.15.12.

Derivable forms: ābhāsaḥ (आभासः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ābhāsa (आभास).—m. (in Pali only in the Sanskrit meaning of light, radiance; so also in [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit], e.g. Mahāvastu i.83.5), appearance and hence range, scope, of sense organs: Mahāvastu iii.66.4 ff., where each of the external (bāhirāṇi) āyatanāni (i.e. the objects of sense) comes into the range of the corresponding internal (ādhyātmikāni) āyatanāni (i.e. the sense organs or powers), e.g. rūpo ca bāhiraṃ āyatanaṃ cakṣuṣaḥ ābhāsam āgataṃ bhavati.In a similar Pali passage, Majjhimanikāya (Pali) i.190.21 ff., āpātha takes the place of our ābhāsa. Similarly Mahāvastu i.6.3 manuṣ- yāṇāṃ śrotābhāsam āgacchati, comes within the range of men's hearing; Śikṣāsamuccaya 128.13 cakṣuṣa ābhāsam āgacchanti; [Page099-a+ 71] 129.3 santy anābhāsagatāḥ (see anābhāsa) sattvā ye mama cakṣuṣa ābhāsaṃ nāgacchanti; 151.10 śrotendriya- syābhāsam āgacchanti; Sukhāvatīvyūha 55.2 cakṣuṣa ābhāsam āgacchati.In same meaning avabhāsa, q.v. 2.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ābhāṣa (आभाष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) Introduction, preface. E. āṅ before bhāṣa to speak, aff. ac.

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Ābhāsa (आभास).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. Light. 2. Reflexion. 3. Intention, purpose. 4. (In logic) Fallacy, semblance of a reason, an argument that is erroneous though plausible: it is classed as of various kinds. E. āṅ before bhāsa shining.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ābhāṣa (आभाष).—[ā-bhāṣ + a], m., and ā- bhāṣaṇa ābhāṣaṇa, i. e. ā-bhāṣ + ana n. Addressing, speaking to, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 26, 12; [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 462.

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Ābhāsa (आभास).—[ā-bhās + a], m. 1. Splendour, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 77, 17. 2. Light, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 219, 11. 3. Appearance, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 12, 16. 4. Semblance, Bhā- ṣāp. 70.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ābhāsa (आभास).—[masculine] splendour, light; appearance, phantom.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ābhāṣa (आभाष):—[=ā-bhāṣa] [from ā-bhāṣ] m. speech, talking

2) [v.s. ...] addressing, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] a saying, proverb

4) [v.s. ...] introduction, preface, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Ābhāsa (आभास):—[=ā-bhāsa] [from ā-bhās] m. splendour, light, [Rāmāyaṇa; Vedāntasāra 195]

6) [v.s. ...] colour, appearance, [Rāmāyaṇa; Suśruta; Bhagavad-gītā]

7) [v.s. ...] semblance, phantom, phantasm of the imagination

8) [v.s. ...] mere appearance, fallacious appearance, [Vedāntasāra; Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

9) [v.s. ...] reflection

10) [v.s. ...] intention, purpose

11) [v.s. ...] (in [logic]) fallacy, semblance of a reason, sophism, an erroneous though plausible argument (regarded by logicians as of various kind)

12) [v.s. ...] mfn. ifc. looking like, having the mere appearance of a thing, [Gautama-dharma-śāstra; Sāhitya-darpaṇa etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ābhāṣa (आभाष):—[ā-bhāṣa] (ṣaḥ) 1. m. Preface.

2) Ābhāsa (आभास):—[ā-bhāsa] (saḥ) 1. m. Light; reflection; purpose; fallacy.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Abhāṣā (अभाषा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Abhāsā, Ābhāsa.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Ābhāsa (आभास) [Also spelled abhas]:—(nm) an inkling; a glimpse; semblance; fallacious appearance; phenomenon; effect.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Abhāsā (अभासा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Abhāṣā.

2) Ābhāsa (आभास) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Ābhāṣ.

3) Ābhāsa (आभास) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Ābhāsa.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ābhāsa (ಆಭಾಸ):—

1) [noun] lustre, brightness; brilliance; splendour.

2) [noun] an outward appearance, (chiefly the fallacious rather than being true); a thing as it appears in perception as distinguished from the thing as it is in itself; a phenomenon.

3) [noun] the state, fact or quality of resembling; similarity of appearance; resemblance; likeness.

4) [noun] an intention; a purpose.

5) [noun] the deception caused by outward appearance, i.e. non-realisation of the true fact; illusion.

6) [noun] (log.) a fallacy, a fallacious reasoning, semblance of a reason; an erroneous but plausible argument.

7) [noun] the object which is mistaken by its outward appearance; a misconceived thing or subject.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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