Ambhodhi, Ambhas-dhi: 15 definitions


Ambhodhi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) refers to an “ocean”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “Mālinī of the Void (vyomamālinī) abides (both) as one and as many divisions (vibhāga). The End of the Twelve is the Void which (is the abode of Mālinī that, as) the Self, is the nectar (Mālinī showers down below). (Thus Mālinī) resides in the midst of the ocean of nectar [i.e., amṛta-ambhodhi-madhyasthā] and, residing in the movement (cāra) (of the vital breath), she is the one who impels (its) motion (cāravāhinī). 'Movement' is said to be the activity of the vital breath (prāṇagati). Thus she who, residing there, impels (it, is said to be) the one who impels (its) motion (cāravāhinī)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: Hindu Mathematics

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) represents the number 4 (four) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 4—ambhodhi] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

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Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) refers to the “ocean (of existence)”, according to the South-Indian recension of the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] This is [called] Tāraka [yoga] because it causes the Guru and student to cross over the ocean of existence (bhava-ambhodhi). It is also called Tāraka because its [practice] depends on the flashing [light] of a star. Having obtained such a guru and having settled in a beautiful place, he who is free from all worry should practice only 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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Ambhodhi] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) refers to the “ocean (of knowledge)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “The one who is doing good actions, whose conduct is pure, is engaged in external asceticism to such an extent and then there is the highest meditation which is abstaining from anything perceptible by the senses [and] resting in the self. He destroys the mass of karmas accumulated for a very long time which is sticking within then he is immersed in the ocean of knowledge (jñāna-ambhodhi) which is the abode of the highest bliss. [Thus ends the reflection on] wearing away karma”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि).—'receptacle of waters', the ocean; संभूयाम्भोधिमभ्येति महानद्या नगापगा (saṃbhūyāmbhodhimabhyeti mahānadyā nagāpagā) Śiśupālavadha 2.1; यादवाम्भोनिधीन्रुन्द्धे वेलेव भवतः क्षमा (yādavāmbhonidhīnrunddhe veleva bhavataḥ kṣamā) 58; so अम्भसां निधिः (ambhasāṃ nidhiḥ); शिखाभिराश्लिष्ट इवाम्भसां निधिः (śikhābhirāśliṣṭa ivāmbhasāṃ nidhiḥ) Śiśupālavadha 1.2; °वल्लभः (vallabhaḥ) or पल्लवः (pallavaḥ) a coral.

Derivable forms: ambhodhiḥ (अम्भोधिः).

Ambhodhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ambhas and dhi (धि). See also (synonyms): ambhonidhi, ambhorāśi.

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि).—m.

(-dhiḥ) The ocean. E. ambhas, and dhi what possesses, from dhā with the affix ki.

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि).—i. e. ambhas-dhā (cf. nidhi), m. The ocean, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 19, 105.

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि).—[masculine] = ambudhi.

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि):—[=ambho-dhi] [from ambho > ambhas] m. ‘receptacle of waters’, the ocean

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि):—[ambho+dhi] (dhiḥ) 2. m. The ocean.

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

Ambhodhi (अम्भोधि) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṃbhohi.

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Ambhodhi 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṃbhōdhi (ಅಂಭೋಧಿ):—[noun] the great expanse of salt water; a sea; an ocean.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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