Aranyavasa, Araṇyavāsa, Aranya-vasa: 10 definitions


Aranyavasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Aranyavasa in Purana glossary
Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास) refers to “one living in a forest”, according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.28. Accordingly:—“[...] soothening with kind words to Sītā, when eyes were blemished with tears, the virtuous Rāma spoke again as follows, for the purpose of waking her turn back: ‘[...] An inhabitant living in a forest (araṇyavāsa) has to face various bodily troubles and panics. Hence, forest- life is really a misery’”.

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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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Aranyavasa in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास) refers to “one staying in the forest”, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 20 (2nd series).—Accordingly, “Staying in the forest” (araṇyavāsa) is staying away from crowds and dwelling alone. For the Bodhisattva, bypassing the Śrāvaka and Pratyekabuddha stage is staying away from crowds.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Darśana (दर्शन) refers to “(that which is to be) pleased in hermits”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said to Brahmā Prabhāvyūha: “[...] (8) Further, ‘the root of good’ is seeing the Buddha, ‘merit’ is worshiping the Buddha, and ‘knowledge’ is relying on the Buddha. Further, ‘the root of merit’ is to become a renunciant, ‘merit’ is to be pleased with the [fourfold] sources of holiness, and ‘knowledge’ is to be pleased in hermits (araṇyavāsa). [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Aranyavasa in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास).—m (S) Dwelling in a forest or in a desert.

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

araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास).—m Dwelling in a forest.

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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

[«previous next»] — Aranyavasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास).—

1) retiring into woods, residence in a forest; °योन्मुखं पितरम् (yonmukhaṃ pitaram) R.12.8.

2) a hermitage, forest habitation.

Derivable forms: araṇyavāsaḥ (अरण्यवासः).

Araṇyavāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms araṇya and vāsa (वास). See also (synonyms): araṇyasamāśraya.

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

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास).—m.

(-saḥ) A hermitage. E. araṇya a wood, and vāsa abode.

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

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास).—[masculine] residence in a forest, hermitage.

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

Araṇyavāsa (अरण्यवास):—[=araṇya-vāsa] [from araṇya] m. living in a forest, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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Aranyavasa 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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