Abhralekha, Abhralekhā, Abhra-lekha: 2 definitions


Abhralekha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Abhralekha in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Abhralekhā (अभ्रलेखा) refers to a “line of clouds” (viz., in the sky), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.17. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] in the presence of Śiva whose body shone with the brilliance of crystal, Satī who had the glossy brilliance of split collyrium, shone like a line of cloud (abhralekhā) near the moon (candra)”.

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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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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Secret beyond the three cities (Tripurārahasyam)

Abhralekhā (अभ्रलेखा) refers to a “streak of clouds”, according to the Tripurārahasya Jñānakhaṇḍa verse 15.101. Accordingly, “[...] Having said thus, honoured by the king and saluted by the members of the assembly, she [viz., the woman ascetic, or Tāpasī] disappeared in a moment like a streak of cloud [viz., abhralekhā] driven away by the wind. Rāma! This which has bee mentioned to you, is the way of knowing the Self”.

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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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