Alabha, Alābha, Alabhā: 13 definitions



Alabha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Alābha (अलाभ, “non-greed”) refers to one of the “eight worldly conditions” (lokadharma) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 61). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., alābha). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Alabhā (अलभा, “begging”) refers to “failure in begging” and represents one of the hardships (parīṣaha), or “series of trials hard to endure” according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 10.1 (Incarnation as Nandana). While practicing penance for a lac of years, Muni Nandana also endured a series of trials hard to endure (e.g., alabhā). Nandana is the name of a king as well as one of Mahāvīra’s previous births.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

alābha : (m.) loss; missing of gain.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alābha (अलाभ).—m (S) Non-obtainment or non-possession; want. Ex. tumacyā bhēṭīcā a0 hōtā tī prāpta jhālī; rājyālā kaśācā a0 nāhīṃ.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alābha (अलाभ).—a. [na. ba]

1) Without gain or profit.

-bhaḥ Nonacquirement; मुञ्जालाभे तु कर्तव्याः कुशाश्मन्तकबल्वजैः (muñjālābhe tu kartavyāḥ kuśāśmantakabalvajaiḥ) Ms.2. 43;2.184;6.57;

2) Loss; Ms.9.331,11.8; सुखदुःखे समे कृत्वा लाभालाभौ जयाजयौ (sukhaduḥkhe same kṛtvā lābhālābhau jayājayau) Bg.2.38.

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

Alābha (अलाभ).—m.

(-bhaḥ) 1. Non-acquirement, not getting. 2. Loss. E. a neg. lābha gain.

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

Alābha (अलाभ).—m. 1. no possibility of getting, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 42. 2. loss, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 80.

Alābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and lābha (लाभ).

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

Alābha (अलाभ).—[masculine] non-acquirement, not getting, loss.

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

1) Alābha (अलाभ):—[=a-lābha] m. non-acquirement, [Manu-smṛti vi, 57]

2) [v.s. ...] want, deficiency, [Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] loss (in selling goods), [Manu-smṛti ix, 331]

4) [v.s. ...] loss (of life, prāṇa), [Manu-smṛti xi, 80]

5) Ālabha (आलभ):—[=ā-labha] [from ā-labh] m. touching, grasping.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Alābha (अलाभ):—(3. a + lā) m.

1) das Nichterlangen: alābhe na viṣādī syāllābhe caiva na harṣayet [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 6, 57.] alābhe (in Ermangelung) tvanyagehānām [2, 184. 9, 184.] sarpirvā madhvalābhe [ĀŚV. GṚHY. 1, 24.] [Kauśika’s Sūtra zum Atuarvaveda 91.] [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 2, 43.] —

2) Verlust: lābhālābhaṃ ca paṇyānām (auf eine Waare) [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 9, 331.] prāṇālābhe bei Verlust des Lebens [11, 80.]

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Ālabha (आलभ):—(wie eben) s. durālabha .

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Alābha (अलाभ) [Also spelled alabh]:—(nm) disadvantage; harm; ~[kara] disadvantageous; harmful.

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