Arabhati, aka: Ārabhati, Ārabhaṭī; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Ārabhaṭī (आरभटी, “energetic style”) is the Sanskrit name for one of the four styles (vṛtti) of dramatic performance (prayoga). According to Nāṭyaśāstra 1.41-43, the four styles were originally prepared by Bharata and presented to Brahmā (who created the Nāṭyaveda from the four Vedas). The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 22, there are four varieties of the energetic style:

  1. saṃkṣiptaka (compression),
  2. avapāta (commotion),
  3. vastūtthāpana (elevation of the plot),
  4. saṃpheṭa (conflict).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the Four Styles (vṛtti) of dramatic production (nāṭya).—Ārabhaṭī (the Energetic)—The Style which includes the presentation of a bold person speaking many words, practising deception, falsehood and bragging and of falling down, jumping, crossing over, doing deeds of magic and conjuration etc, is called the Energetic one. This is applicable to the Terrible, the Odious and the Furious Sentiments (Nāṭyaśāstra XXII. 55ff).

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Pali-English dictionary

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ārabhati : (ā + rabh + a) 1. begins; starts; 2. kills; tortures.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Ārabhati, 2 & Ārabbhati (ā + rabhati, Sk. ārabhati & ārambhati, ā + rabh) to begin, start, undertake, attempt S. I, 156 (ārabbhatha “bestir yourselves”) = Miln. 245 = Th. 1, 256 (bh.); Pug. 64 (bh.); viriyaṃ ārabhati to make an effort, to exert oneself (cp. ārambha) A. IV, 334. ‹-› aor. ārabhi DhA. II, 38 & ārabbhi PvA. 35.—ger. ārabbha, see sep.—pp. āraddha (q. v.). (Page 107)

2) Ārabhati, 1 (not with Morris J. P. T. S. 1889, 202 fr. rabh and identical with ārabhati2, but with Kern, Toev. s. v. identical with Sk. ālabhate, ā + labh meaning to seize the sacrificial animal in order to kill it; cp. nirārambha) to kill, destroy M. I, 371 (pāṇaṃ). (Page 107)

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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