Abhava, aka: Abhāva; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Abhava means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

[Abhava in Vyakarana glossaries]

Abhāva (अभाव).—Absence.

(Source): Shodhganga: Vaiyākaraṇabhūṣaṇasāra: a critical study

Abhāva (अभाव).—Absence; absence of any following letter which is technically called avasāna. cf. विरामोऽवसानम् । वर्णानामभावोऽवसानसंज्ञः स्यात् (virāmo'vasānam | varṇānāmabhāvo'vasānasaṃjñaḥ syāt) S. K. on P. I.4.110.

(Source): Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana

[Abhava in Purana glossaries]

Abhāva (अभाव).—The son of Unnetā, who was the son of Nikhāta, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Nikhāta was the son of Pratihartā, whose ancestral lineage can be traced to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being. Abhāva had a son named Udgātā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Abhava in Hinduism glossaries]

Abhāva (अभाव) means “non-existence”. Some scholars consider anupalabdi to be same as abhāva, while others consider anupalabdi and abhāva as different. Abhāva-pramāṇa has been discussed in ancient Hindu texts in the context of padārtha (पदार्थ, referent of a term). Abhava is then explained as “referents of negative expression” in contrast to “referents of positive expression” in padārtha. An absence, state the ancient scholars, is also “existent, knowable and nameable”, giving the example of negative numbers, silence as a form of testimony, asatkaryavada theory of causation, and analysis of deficit as real and valuable.

Abhava was further refined in four types, by the schools of Hinduism that accepted it as a useful method of epistemology:

  1. dhvamsa (termination of what existed),
  2. atyanta-abhava (impossibility, absolute non-existence, contradiction),
  3. anyonya-abhava (mutual negation, reciprocal absence)
  4. and pragavasa (prior, antecedent non-existence).
(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Abhava in Buddhism glossaries]

Abhāva (अभाव) or abhāvaśūnyatā refers to “emptiness of non-existence” one of the “twenty emptinesses” (śūnyatā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 41). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., abhāva). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Abhava in Pali glossaries]

abhāva : (m.) disappearance; absence; non-becoming.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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

[Abhava in Marathi glossaries]

abhāva (अभाव).—m (S) Negation, privation, nullity, nihility, nonentity. Four kinds are enumerated: viz. pradhvaṃsābhāva Destruction; reduction into nihility; prāgabhāva Antecedent negation or non-existence; anyōnyābhāva Reciprocal negation; the not being any other thing of this thing, and the not being this thing of any other thing; atyantābhāva Simple negation; nullity or non-existence. 2 (Corr. from ābhāva S) Surmise, supposition, suspicion, belief. Ex. hā dravyavān āhē asā lōkāmmadhyēṃ a0 āhē; mājhā tyānēṃ a0 dharalā āhē.

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ābhāva (आभाव).—m S (See the popular form abhāva) Surmise or supposition.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

abhāva (अभाव).—m Negation, not-existence. Want, lack, absence. Surmise, supposition, belief (corr. from ābhāva). As hā dravyavāna āhē asā lōkāmadhyēṃ abhāva āhē.

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ābhāva (आभाव).—m Negation, nihility. Surmise, supposition.

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

[Abhava in Sanskrit glossaries]

Abhava (अभव).—

1) Non-existence; मत्त एव भवाभवौ (matta eva bhavābhavau) Mb.

2) Absolution, final beatitude; प्राप्तुमभवमभिवाञ्छति वा (prāptumabhavamabhivāñchati vā) Ki.12. 3,18.27.

3) End or destruction; अद्यैव सर्वभूतानां रक्षसा- मभवाय च (adyaiva sarvabhūtānāṃ rakṣasā- mabhavāya ca) Rām.3.64.56. सुखं च दुःखं च भवाभवात्मकम् (sukhaṃ ca duḥkhaṃ ca bhavābhavātmakam) Mb.3. 295.1.

Derivable forms: abhavaḥ (अभवः).

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Abhāva (अभाव).—a. [na. ba.] Without love or affection. कच्चिन्नाभिहतोऽभावैः शब्दादिभिरमङ्गलैः (kaccinnābhihato'bhāvaiḥ śabdādibhiramaṅgalaiḥ) Bhāg.1.14.4.

2) Nonexistent.

-vaḥ 1 Not being or existing, non-existence; गतो भावोऽभावम् (gato bhāvo'bhāvam) Mk.1 has disappeared.

2) Absence, want, failure; सर्वेषामप्यभावे तु ब्राह्मणा रिक्थभागिनः (sarveṣāmapyabhāve tu brāhmaṇā rikthabhāginaḥ) Ms.9.188; mostly in comp.; सर्वाभावे हरेन्नृपः (sarvābhāve harennṛpaḥ) 189 in the absence of all, failing all; तोय°, अन्न°, आहार° (toya°, anna°, āhāra°) &c.

3) Annihilation, death, destruction; (vaco...pathyamuktam) राक्षसानामभावाय त्वं वा न प्रतिपद्यसे (rākṣasānāmabhāvāya tvaṃ vā na pratipadyase) Rām.5.21.1. non-entity; नाभाव उपलब्धेः (nābhāva upalabdheḥ) Ś B.; क्षणमात्रभवामभावकाले (kṣaṇamātrabhavāmabhāvakāle) Śi.2.64; Ki.18.1.

4) (In phil.) Privation, non-existence, nullity or negation, supposed to be the seventh category or पदार्थ (padārtha) in the system of Kaṇāda. (Strictly speaking abhāva is not a separate predicament, like dravya, guṇa, but is only a negative arrangement of those predicaments; all nameable things being divided into positive (bhāva) and negative (abhāva), the first division including द्रव्य, गुण, कर्म, सामान्य, विशेष (dravya, guṇa, karma, sāmānya, viśeṣa) and समवाय (samavāya); and the second only one अभाव (abhāva); cf. अत्र सप्तमस्याभावकथनादेव षण्णां भावत्वं प्राप्तं तेन भावत्वेन पृथगुपन्यासो न कृतः (atra saptamasyābhāvakathanādeva ṣaṇṇāṃ bhāvatvaṃ prāptaṃ tena bhāvatvena pṛthagupanyāso na kṛtaḥ) Muktā.) अभाव (abhāva) is defined as भावभिन्नोऽभावः (bhāvabhinno'bhāvaḥ) (pratiyogijñānādhīnaviṣayatvam) that whose knowledge is dependent on the knowledge of its प्रतियोगी (pratiyogī). It is of two principal kinds संसर्गाभाव (saṃsargābhāva) and अन्योन्याभाव (anyonyābhāva); the first comprising three varieties प्रागभाव, प्रध्वंसाभाव (prāgabhāva, pradhvaṃsābhāva), and अत्यन्ताभाव (atyantābhāva).

(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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Vastvabhava
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