Akalamegha, Akala-megha, Akālamegha: 2 definitions
Akalamegha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture
Akālamegha (अकालमेघ) refers to “untimely clouds”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches various Nāga-enchantments], “[...] When there are untimely clouds (akālamegha), winds, thunderbolts and cold spells, then, having enchanted caṇḍa seeds mixed with mustard seeds 101 times, the Nāga image should be struck wrathfully. From that moment all winds and thunderbolts disappear. All will be bound. [...]”.
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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Pali-English dictionarySource: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Akālamegha refers to a “cloud arising unexpectedly” (at the wrong time); Cf. Miln. 144.—Cf. Kāla, (time, etc.) [4.c.2].
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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Ends with: Tridoshadavanalakalamegha.
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