Abhijanati, Abhijānāti: 3 definitions


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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Abhijanati in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

abhijānāti : (abhi + ñā + nā) knows fully or by experience; is aware.

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

Abhijānāti, (abhi + jñā, cp. jānāti & abhiññā) to know by experience, to know fully or thoroughly, to recognise, know of (c. Acc.), to be conscious or aware of D.I, 143; S.II, 58, 105, 219, 278; III, 59, 91; IV, 50, 324, 399; V, 52, 176, 282, 299; Sn.1117 (diṭṭhiṃ Gotamassa na a.); J.IV, 142; Pv.II, 710 = II.103 (n’ābhijānāmi bhuttaṃ vā pītaṃ); Sdhp.550; etc. — Pot. abhijāneyya Nd2 78a, & abhijaññā Sn.917, 1059 (= jāneyyāsi SnA 592); aor. abhaññāsi Sn.p. 16. — ppr. abhijānaṃ S.IV, 19, 89; Sn.788 (= °jānanto C.), 1114 (= °jānanto Nd2 78b) abhijānitva DhA.IV, 233; abhiññāya S.IV, 16; V, 392; Sn.534 (sabbadhammaṃ), 743 (jātikkhayaṃ), 1115, 1148; It.91 (dhammaṃ); Dh.166 (atta-d-atthaṃ); frequent in phrase sayaṃ abhiññāya from personal knowledge or self-experience It.97 (v.l. abhiññā); Dh.353; and abhiññā (short form, like ādā for ādāya, cp. upādā) in phrase sayaṃ abhiññā D.I, 31 (+ sacchikatvā); S.II, 217; It.97 (v.l. for °abhiññāya), in abhiññā-vosita perfected by highest knowledge S.I, 167 = 175 = Dh.423 (“master of supernormal lore” Mrs Rh. D. in kindred S. p. 208; cp. also DhA.IV, 233); It.47 = 61 = 81, and perhaps also in phrase sabbaṃ abhiññapariññeyya S.IV, 29. — grd. abhiññeyya S.IV, 29; Sn.558 (°ṃ abhiññātaṃ known is the knowable); Nd2 s.v.; DhA.IV, 233. — pp. abhiññāta (q. v.). (Page 63)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Abhijanati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Abhijānāti (अभिजानाति).—(= Pali id.), (1) knows by abhijñā, q.v. The technical Buddhist meaning of the noun is certainly at times associated with the verb, which in Sanskrit means knows in a very general way. The extent to which the spe- cial Buddhist sense is present in the verb is often doubtful; I list a few cases where it seems pretty clear: abhijānāmi Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 200.8 (Burnouf and Kern, remember, I think wrongly); Mahāvastu i.57.7, 12; Gaṇḍavyūha 446.14; Vajracchedikā 34.20. The translation remember, also given Critical Pali Dictionary, is due to the fact that events of the past are often referred to; but I think the Buddha (the usual subject in such cases) knows them by super- natural knowledge or so-called intuition (abhijñā, q.v.), not by memory; (2) recognizes (as a duty), takes upon oneself (a vow or undertaking); so also in Pali, e.g. Majjhimanikāya (Pali) i.80.5 (definitions in Pali dictionaries including Critical Pali Dictionary hardly do justice to this meaning): Lalitavistara 254.2 abhijānāmy ahaṃ…ekam evādvitīyaṃ kolam āhāram āhartum, I undertake to allow myself to eat only a single kola as food; similarly Lalitavistara 255.8, 15.

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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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