Antavat: 8 definitions


Antavat 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

Antavat (अन्तवत्) refers to “that which is finite”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 31).—Accordingly, “Without knowing if the ātman exists or does not exist, you are asking why one does not produce the idea of the ātman in regard to another. [The distinctions] between one’s own body (ātmakāya) and another’s body (parakāya) exist as a function of the Ātman. But the Ātman is non-existent. [The characteristics attributed to it]: having form (rūpin) or formless (arūpin), permanent (nitya) or impermanent (anitya), finite (antavat) or infinite (ananta), moveable (gantṛ) or motionless (agantṛ), cognizant (jñātṛ) or ignorant (ajñātṛ), active (kāraka) or inactive (akāraka), autonomous (svatantra) or non-autonomous (asvatantra): all these characteristics of the ātman do not exist, as we have said above in the chapter on the Ātman. [...]”.

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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

Antavat (अन्तवत्).—a. [anta astyarthe matup]

1) Having an end; limited; perishable; अन्तवन्त इमे देहा नित्यस्योक्ताः शरीरिणः (antavanta ime dehā nityasyoktāḥ śarīriṇaḥ) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.18. स हैतानन्तवत उपास्तेऽन्तवतः स लोकाञ्जयति (sa haitānantavata upāste'ntavataḥ sa lokāñjayati) Bṛ. Ār. Up.

2) The god of the space or atmosphere (digantānāmīśvaraḥ); वसु ददातु अन्तवान् (vasu dadātu antavān) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.197.5.

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

Antavat (अन्तवत्).—mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) Finite, having a term or end. E. anta and matup aff.

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

1) Antavat (अन्तवत्):—[=anta-vat] [from anta] mfn. having an end or term, limited, perishable, [Atharva-veda] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] containing a word which has the meaning of anta, [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] ind. like the end

4) [v.s. ...] like the final of a word, [Patañjali]

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

Antavat (अन्तवत्):—I. m. f. n. (-vān-vatī-vat) Finite, having a term or end, perishable. E. anta, taddh. aff. matup. Ii. ind. (In Grammar.) Like the end or final (of a word); e. g. ekaḥ pūrvaparayoriti yoyamekādeśo vidhīyate sa pūrvasyāntavadbhavati. E. anta, taddh. aff. vati.

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

Antavat (अन्तवत्):—[(vān-vatī-vat) a.] Final.

[Sanskrit to German]

Antavat 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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