Alpayus, Alpāyus, Alpa-ayus: 9 definitions

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Alpayus 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्) refers to “(that which leads to) a short life”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 22).—Accordingly, “Now, as the Buddha said to the Upāsaka Nandika, the killing of living beings has ten punishments. What are these ten? [...] 6) He always has bad dreams. 7) At the end of his life (jīvitaparyavasāna), he dreads a bad death. 8) He plants the causes and conditions (hetupratyaya) leading to a short life (alpāyus). 9) After the destruction of the body (kāyabheda) at the end of life (jīvita-paryavasāna), he falls into hell (niraya). 10) If he reappears among men, he always has a short life. [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्).—a. shortlived; Manusmṛti 4.157.

-yuḥ m.

Alpāyus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms alpa and āyus (आयुस्).

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

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्).—mfn.

(-yuḥ-yuḥ-yuḥ) 1. Short lived. 2. Young of few years. m.

(-yuḥ) A goat. E. alpa, and āyus life.

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

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्).—adj. short-lived, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 157.

Alpāyus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms alpa and āyus (आयुस्).

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

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्).—[adjective] short-lived.

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

1) Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्):—[from alpa] mfn. shortlived, [Manu-smṛti iv, 157]

2) [v.s. ...] ‘of few years’, a goat, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Alpāyus (अल्पायुस्):—[alpā+yus] (yuḥ) 1. m. A goat. a. Shortlived, young, of few days.

[Sanskrit to German]

Alpayus 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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