Ashmagarbha, aka: Aśmagarbha, Ashman-garbha; 4 Definition(s)


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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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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”.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ).—(mss. sometimes asma°), m. or nt. (only Lex. in Sanskrit except once in a Jain work, pw 7 Add.; recorded nowhere else; popular etym. based on [aśma-] marakata?), emerald: n. sg. °bham Mvy 5957; °bho, °bhaḥ Divy 51.24; 229.7; 502.7; Av i.205.3; other forms SP 50.5; 151.2; 153.3—4; 239.7; 256.12; LV 383.2; Mv ii.302.9; 309.16; 310.8; Mvy 6245; Divy 115.3; 297.25; Mmk 63.19; 436.11; Gv 52.15.

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

Aśmagarbha (अश्मगर्भ).—m.

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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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