Asamkhyeya, Asamkhyia, Asaṃkhyeya: 6 definitions

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Buddhist Door: GlossaryA Sanskrit words interpreted as innumerable, and countless. See also kalpas.

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asaṃkhyeya (असंख्येय).—a. Innumerable.

-yaḥ 1 An epithet of Śiva.

2) An epithet of Viṣṇu; V. Sahas.

-yam An exceedingly large number. असंख्येयं स्वमस्मिन् निविष्टम् (asaṃkhyeyaṃ svamasmin niviṣṭam) Av.1.8.24.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Asaṃkhyeya (असंख्येय).—(1) adj. (= Sanskrit id., Pali asaṃkheyya), innumerable. In Pali (see Childers s.v. kappo) as an adj. applied to kappa (see [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] kalpa), denotes a world-age of a certain extent; in some definitions at least, of a length intermediate between a mahā- and an antara-k°. Acc. to La Vallée Poussin, AbhidhK iii.188, asaṃkhyeya kalpa means here le temps que durent un nombre asaṃkhyeya (10 à la 59me puissance) de mahākalpas. I have not noted the Pali usage in the texts excerpted by me (but see Przyluski, Açoka, 408). Typical of their use of this adjective with kalpa is Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 17.8 asaṃkhyeyaiḥ kalpair asaṃkhyeyatarair vipulair aprameyair acintyair etc., in which asaṃkhyeya has its normal Sanskrit meaning of innumerable; (2) nt., a very high number: Mahāvyutpatti 7802; 7932 (cited from Gaṇḍavyūha); Gaṇḍavyūha 106.20; 134.5; Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 316.7; Sukhāvatīvyūha 31.2; Divyāvadāna 245.11 tribhir asaṃkhyeyair; 246.2; 254.3.

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

Asaṃkhyeya (असंख्येय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) Innumerable. E. a neg. saṃkhyeya to be counted.

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

Asaṃkhyeya (असंख्येय).—[adjective] innumerable.

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

1) Asaṃkhyeya (असंख्येय):—[=a-saṃkhyeya] [from a-saṃkhya] mfn. innumerable, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. a Name of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] n. an innumerable multitude, [Atharva-veda x, 8, 24]

4) [v.s. ...] m. an exceedingly large number, [Buddhist literature]

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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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