Anumodana, aka: Anumodanā; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Anumodana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Anumodanā (अनुमोदना) refers to “sympathetic joy”, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIV.—Accordingly, “here is an example of sympathetic joy (anumodanā). Someone is practicing the qualities [in question, viz., generosity, morality, etc.]; a spectator rejoices in it and congratulates him, saying: ‘that is good; in this impermanent world enveloped in the shadows of ignorance, you are strengthening the great mind [of bodhi] and you are planting this merit (puṇya).’’”

Imagine also a donor (dāyaka) and a beneficiary (pratigrāhaka); a third person, standing beside them, is joyful in the good action. He rejoices with them, but the other two lose nothing. Such is the characteristic of sympathetic joy (anumodanā). Thus, just by a mind of sympathetic joy, the Bodhisattva surpasses the practitioners of the two Vehicles. What more could be said if he himself practices [the qualities in which he is rejoicing]?

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Anumodanā (अनुमोदना, “rejoicing”) represents one of the “sevent supreme offerings” (saptavidhā-anuttarapūjā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 14). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., saptavidhā-anuttarapūjā and Anumodanā). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Anumodana (अनुमोदन) refers to “approval to other” and it is one of the factors making up the 108 kinds of adhikaraṇa (‘substratum’) of the living beings (jīva). This substratum (instruments of inflow) represents the foundation or the basis of an entity.

Anumodana is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Anumodana (अनुमोदन).—What is meant by approval (anumodana)? To approve or appreciate the activity performed by others is called approval.
 

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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anumodanā : (f.) 1. thanksgiving; appreciation; 2. transference of merit.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Anumodana, (nt.) (fr. anumodati) “according to taste”, i.e. satisfaction, thanks, esp. after a meal or after receiving gifts = to say grace or benediction, blessing, thanksgiving. In latter sense with dadāti (give thanks for = Loc.), karoti (= Lat. gratias agere) or vacati (say or tell thanks): °ṃ datvā PvA.89; °ṃ katvā J.I, 91; DhA.III, 170, 172; VvA.118; PvA.17, 47; °ṃ vatvā VvA.40 (pānīyadāne for the gift of water), 295, 306 etc. °ṃ karoti also “to do a favour” PvA.275. Cp. further DhA.I, 198 (°gāthā verses expressing thanks, benediction); II, 97 (Satthāraṃ °ṃ yāciṃsu asked his blessing); PvA.23 (°atthaṃ in order to thank), 26 (id.), 121, 141 (katabhatta°), 142; Sdhp.213, 218, 516. (Page 41)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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anumōdana (अनुमोदन).—n (S) Expressing approbation, admiration, or concurrence; approving, applauding, consenting to, permitting. v kara, dē.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anumōdana (अनुमोदन).—n Expressing approval, com- pliance. Seconding (a proposition).

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

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Anumodana (अनुमोदन).—

1) Approval, assent, seconding, acceptance, compliance.

2) Causing pleasure.

Derivable forms: anumodanam (अनुमोदनम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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