Ashmagarbha, Aśmagarbha, Ashman-garbha: 5 definitions

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Ashmagarbha 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.

The Sanskrit term Aśmagarbha can be transliterated into English as Asmagarbha or Ashmagarbha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ, “emerald”) refers to a type of jewel (ratna), into which the universe was transformed by the Buddha’s miraculous power (ṛddhibala) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “The other jewels, [viz.,] emerald (aśmagarbha), etc., all come from caves”.

Also, “These jewels (eg, aśmagarbha) are of three types, Human jewels (manuṣya-ratna), Divine jewels (divya-ratna) and Bodhisattva jewels (bodhisattva-ratna). These various jewels remove the poverty (dāridrya) and the suffering (duḥkha) of beings”.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (A) next»] — Ashmagarbha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ).—an emerald.

Derivable forms: aśmagarbhaḥ (अश्मगर्भः), aśmagarbham (अश्मगर्भम्).

Aśmagarbha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśman and garbha (गर्भ). See also (synonyms): aśmagarbhaja, aśmayoni.

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

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ).—(mss. sometimes asma°), m. or nt. (only Lex. in Sanskrit except once in a Jain work, [Boehtlingk] 7 Add.; recorded nowhere else; popular [etymology] based on [aśma-] marakata?), emerald: n. sg. °bham Mahāvyutpatti 5957; °bho, °bhaḥ Divyāvadāna 51.24; 229.7; 502.7; Avadāna-śataka i.205.3; other forms Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 50.5; 151.2; 153.3—4; 239.7; 256.12; Lalitavistara 383.2; Mahāvastu ii.302.9; 309.16; 310.8; Mahāvyutpatti 6245; Divyāvadāna 115.3; 297.25; (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 63.19; 436.11; Gaṇḍavyūha 52.15.

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

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ).—m.

(-rbhaḥ) An emerald. E. aśman a stone, and garbha the womb; the primary stone.

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

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ):—[=aśma-garbha] [from aśma > aśna] n. an emerald, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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