Abhasvara, aka: Ābhāsvara; 5 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Ābhāsvara (आभास्वर) is part of the group of Gods inhabiting the second dhyāna of the Rūpadhātu (or Brahmaloka): the second of the three worlds, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The gods of the form realm (rūpadhātu), having fallen from the pure abodes (śuddhāvāsa), will again conceive sensual desire and will abide in the impure spheres.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Ābhāsvara (आभास्वर) refers to “streaming radiance” and represents one of the eighteen “gods of the form-realms” (rūpāvacaradeva) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 128). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ābhāsvara). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

One of the Arupyadhatu Devas:

The Abhasvara devas enjoy the delights of the second dhyana..

See Abhasvara Worlds

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Ābhāsvara (आभास्वर).—a. Splendid, bright, shining.

-raḥ 1 A collective name of 64 demigods.

2) Name of an attendant Gaṇa.

3) Name of a particular set of 12 subjects; आत्मा ज्ञाता दमो दान्तः शान्तिर्ज्ञानं शमस्तपः । कामः क्रोधो मदो मोहो द्वादशाभास्वरा इमे (ātmā jñātā damo dāntaḥ śāntirjñānaṃ śamastapaḥ | kāmaḥ krodho mado moho dvādaśābhāsvarā ime) || (tārānātha tarkavācaspatikośa.)

See also (synonyms): ābhāsura.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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