Adhibhuta, aka: Adhibhūta; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Adhibhūta (अधिभूत) refers to “that which pertains to the elements”. The Subālopaniṣad (fifth section) draws correspondences between that which pertains to the body (adhyātma), the elements (adhibhūta) and their presiding deities (adhidaivata).

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Kosha (encyclopedic lexicons)

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Adhibhūta (अधिभूत).—The three terms, viz. adhibhūta, adhidaiva and adhyātma—are known today as a triad but they have also been used singly or in pairs, viz. adhibhūta-adhyātma, adhibhūta-adhidaiva, adhidaiva-adhyātma, their order being insignificant. Basically, the three stand for the outer or tangible (adhibhūta), the intangible described as divine (adhidaiva) and the one pertaining to the ‘self’ identified with the body, mindm, ātman, etc. (adhyātma).

Adhibhūta has been explained as of perishable nature because it relates to contingent beings. The word adhbibhūta is derived from the root bhū-‘to become’ with the suffix kta. With the prefix adhi, bhūti becomes neuter indeclinable compound adhibhūtam.

Adhibhūta denotes all that belongs to the material or elemental existence. Elemental creation consists of fivefold divisions. The Taittirīya-āraṇyaka (7.7.1) mentions them as follows:

Lokapañcaka (fivefold worlds):

  1. pṛthivī (earth),
  2. antarikṣa (space),
  3. dyau (heaven),
  4. diśas (main quarters),
  5. avāntaradiśas (intermediate quarters).

Devatāpañcaka (fivefold divinities):

  1. agni (fire),
  2. vāyu (wind),
  3. āditya (sun),
  4. candramas (moon),
  5. nakṣatrāṇi (stars).

Dravyapañcaka (fivefold substances):

  1. āpas (waters),
  2. oṣadhayas (herbs, plants),
  3. vanaspatayas (trees),
  4. ākāśa (space, ether),
  5. ātman (self, body).
Source: Google Books: Kalātattvakośa, volume 3
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Kosha (कोश, kośa) refers to Sanskrit lexicons intended to provide additional information regarding technical terms used in religion, philosophy and the various sciences (shastra). The oldest extant thesaurus (kosha) dates to the 4th century AD.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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adhibhūta : (pp. of adhibhavati) overpowered.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Adhibhūta, (cp. adhibhū & adhibhūta) overpowered S.IV, 186. (Page 29)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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

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adhibhūta (अधिभूत).—n S An entity; a real existence or being; an object of human cognizance or apprehension. See adhidēvata.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

adhibhūta (अधिभूत).—n An entity, an object of human cognizance or apprehension.

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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