Antah-kalpa, Antahkalpa: 3 definitions


Antah-kalpa 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Antah-kalpa in Buddhism glossary
Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Antah-Kalpa - the time it takes for one Ayu-Kalpa to grow from 10 years up to one Asankya and back to 10 years. The ending of one Antah-Kalpa (or mass-extinction) can happen in one of three ways, all involving the majority of the human population going extinct:

  1. Sashthrantha-Kalpa - Mass extinction by wars.
  2. Durbhikshantha-Kalpa - Mass extinction by hunger.
  3. Rogantha-Kalpa - Mass extinction by plague.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Antah-kalpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Antaḥkalpa (अन्तःकल्प):—[=antaḥ-kalpa] [from antaḥ] m. a certain number of years, [Buddhist literature]

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

Antaḥkalpa (अन्तःकल्प):—[tatpurusha compound] m.

(-lpaḥ) A cycle of the Buddhistic era. ‘From the time that man’s age increases from ten years to an Asankhya and again decreases from an Asankhya to ten years, is an Antaḥkalpa. Were the surface of the earth to increase in elevation at the rate of one inch in a 1000 years and the process to continue in the same proportion, the elevation would extend to 28 miles before the Antaḥkalpa would be concluded. Twenty Antaḥkalpas make an Asankhyakalpa. Four Asankhyakalpas make a Mahākalpa.’ (Hardy, Manual of Buddhism.) E. antar and kalpa.

context information

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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