Anandamaya, Ānandamaya, Ananda-maya, Anamdamaya: 15 definitions


Anandamaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय) refers to “the fifth stage of consciousness, awarenes of service to Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa (13.5)”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Siva Gita A Critical Study

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय) or Ānandamayakośa refers to the “body of bliss” and represents one of the five philosophical kośas (“sheaths”) through which the soul functions simultaneously in the various planes or levels of existence.—Ānandamaya-kośa is the intuitive-superconscious sheath or actinic-causal body. The inmost soul form (svarūpa), the ultimate foundation of life, intelligence and higher faculties. Its essence is Parāśakti (pure consciousness) and Paraśiva (the Absolute). It is the soul itself, a body of light, also called kāraṇa śarīra, a causal body, and karmāśaya, the holder of karmas of this and all past lives.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय) refers to a “blissful nature” [?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Himācala (i.e., Himālaya): “O lord of mountains, here itself on your beautiful excellent ridge, I shall perform my penance showing to the world my real blissful form and nature [i.e., ānandamaya]. O lord of mountains, permission shall be given to me to perform penance. Without your permission it is not possible for me (or any one else) to perform any penance here”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय) refers to “consisting of bliss”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “This self is, by nature, different from the body, etc., consisting of consciousness and bliss (ānandamayacidānandamayaḥ), pure and united with mundane bondage. In reality, there is no unity of the forms of matter and consciousness with regard to mundane bondage and the connection of these two is without a beginning like gold and a flaw in gold”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ānandamaya (आनंदमय).—a (S) Filled with joy or gladness. Ex. ā0 sakaḷa brāhmaṇa || cintiti rāmavijaya kalyāṇa ||

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ānandamaya (आनंदमय).—a Filled with joy.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय).—a. Blissful, full of joy, made up or consisting of happiness; सुषुप्तिस्थान एकीभूतः प्रज्ञानघन एवानन्दमयो ह्यानन्दभुक् (suṣuptisthāna ekībhūtaḥ prajñānaghana evānandamayo hyānandabhuk) Māṇḍ. Up.5.

-yaḥ The Supreme Spirit; Br. Sū.1.1.12.

-yā A form of Durgā. °kośaḥ the innermost wrapper or vesture of the body, causal frame enshrining the soul; see कोश (kośa).

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

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yī-yaṃ) Blissful, made up or consisting of happiness. n.

(-yaṃ) The Supreme Spirit. E. ānanda and mayaṭ aff.

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

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय).—[ānanda + maya], adj., f. , Full of joy or happiness, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 23, 85; [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 204, 22.

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

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय).—[feminine] ī made up of joy, blissful. Abstr. tva [neuter]

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

1) Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय):—[=ā-nanda-maya] [from ā-nanda > ā-nand] mf(ī)n. blissful, made up or consisting of happiness, [Taittirīya-upaniṣad; Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad, 12 mantra; Vedāntasāra; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] n. ([scilicet] brahman) the supreme spirit (as consisting of pure happiness cf. ānanda above)

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

Ānandamaya (आनन्दमय):—[ānanda-maya] (yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) a. Happy. n. God, the supreme Spirit.

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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

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ānaṃdamaya (ಆನಂದಮಯ):—[adjective] filled with delight; delightful; blissful.

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Ānaṃdamaya (ಆನಂದಮಯ):—[noun] = ಆನಂದಮಯಕೋಶ [anamdamayakosha].

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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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