Abhuta, Abhūta: 13 definitions


Abhuta means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ābhūta (आभूत) refers to “living beings”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.20 (“The story of the submarine fire”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to the Ocean: “[...] At the will of Śiva I was requested by the gods who were harassed by it, and so I went there and suppressed the fire. I gave it the form of a mare. I have brought it here. O ocean, I ask you to be merciful. This fury of lord Śiva, now in the form of a mare, you will bear till the final dissolution of all living beings [i.e., yavad-ābhūta-saṃplava]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

1) Abhūta (अभूत) refers to “non-existence”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How then, son of good family, does the Bodhisattva perform his practice of a Bodhisattva (bodhisattvacaryā) after having obtained the sameness of extinction? [...] He purifies cultivation by means of the clear presence of manifestation. He depends on concentration which is the miraculous play with illusion. The vices by which he might produce existence and bonds of existence, these he does away with, and the knowledge by means of which he teaches extinction, in that he excels, thus he is born from non-existence (abhūtabhūtaabhūtabhūtata) and originated form non-origination. [...]”.

2) Abhūta (अभूत) refers to “(the view of) unreal mental constructions”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā.—Accordingly, “[Bringing all beings to maturity (sarvasatva-paripācana)] [...] Again he thinks: ‘what is called ‘living being’ is a misunderstanding. Because of being occupied with the view of cause (hetu), ignorance (avidyā), existence (bhāva), thirst (tṛṣṇā), and unreal mental constructions (abhūta-parikalpa), it is called ‘living being’. However, the Bodhisattva still teaches the dharma to living beings in order to get rid of vices which originate from misunderstanding, and he does not forget substances. Since he is devoid of a living being, and detached from a living being, he brings living beings to maturity. Thus the Bodhisattva brings living beings to maturity by the original purity”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

abhūta : (adj.) not real; false. (nt.), falsehood.

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

Abhūta, (adj.) (a + bhūta) not real, false, not true, usually as nt. °ṃ falsehood, lie, deceit Sn.387; It.37; Instr. abhūtena falsely D.I, 161.

—vādin one who speaks falsely or tells lies Sn.661 = Dh.306 = It.42; expld. as “ariy’ûpavāda-vasena alika —vādin” SnA 478; as “tucchena paraṃ abhācikkhanto” DhA.III, 477. (Page 72)

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhūta (अभूत).—a. Non-existent, what is not or has not been; not true or real, false; स्तुवन्ति श्रान्तास्याः क्षितिपतिमभूतैरपि गुणैः (stuvanti śrāntāsyāḥ kṣitipatimabhūtairapi guṇaiḥ) Mu.3.16, Kirātārjunīya 14.19; Rām. 5.14.34.

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

Abhūta (अभूत).—(a-bhūta), adj. (neg. of bhūta, q.v.; rare in Sanskrit in this sense), not true, false: Udānavarga viii.1 abhūta-vādī(r) speaking falsehood; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 58.1; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 44.12; Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 16a.2; Jātakamālā 116.3; Mahāvastu i.36.13 (abrahmacaryavāda); 44.13 (abhyākhyāna, q.v.).

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

Abhūta (अभूत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Non-existent, absent, what is not or has not been. E. a neg. bhūta been.

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

Abhūta (अभूत).—[adjective] not having been; pūrva — before.

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

1) Abhūta (अभूत):—[=a-bhūta] [from a-bhuva] mfn. whatever has not been or happened.

2) Ābhūta (आभूत):—[=ā-bhūta] [from ā-bhū] mfn. produced, existing.

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

Abhūta (अभूत):—[tatpurusha compound] m. f. n.

(-taḥ-tā-tam) Non-existent, what is not or has not been; e. g. Kaṇāda Sūtras: virodhyabhūtamabhūtasya .. (Śaṅk. Upask.: abhūtaṃ varṣaṃ bhūtasya vāyvabhrasaṃyogasya liṅgam . evaṃ sphoṭādervirodhī mantrapāṭhaḥ . tathā cābhūtamanutpannaṃ sphoṭādibhūtasya mantrapāṭhasya liṅgam . virodhiliṅgasyodāharaṇāntaramāha) .. bhūtamabhūtasya .. (Śaṅk. Upask.: bhūtaṃ sphoṭādikamabhūtasya mantrapāṭhasya liṅgam . evaṃ bhūto vāyvabhrasaṃyogobhūtasya varṣasya liṅgam . evaṃ bhūto dāhobhūtasya manyādisamavadhānasya liṅgam &c.); or Yāska: kastadveda yadabhūtamidamapītaradadbhutam. Comp. the following articles. E. a neg. and bhūta.

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

Abhūta (अभूत):—[a-bhūta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Non-existent.

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

Abhūta (अभूत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ahūva, Ābhūa, Āhūa.

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Abhuta in German

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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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