Ashubha, aka: Aśubha, Asubha; 10 Definition(s)

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Ashubha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Aśubha can be transliterated into English as Asubha or Ashubha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Unattractiveness, loathsomeness, foulness. The Buddha recommends contemplation of this aspect of the body as an antidote to lust and complacency.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

N (Displeasing). Displeasing thing. Repulsive and disgusting character of something.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

'impurity', loathsomeness, foulness. -

In Vis.M. VI, it is the cemetery contemplations (sīvathika, q.v.) that are called 'meditation-subjects of impurity' (asubha-kammatthāna; s. bhāvanā).

In the Girimananda Sutta (A. X., 50), however, the perception of impurity (asubha-saññā) refers to the contemplation of the 32 parts of the body (s. kāya-gatā-sati).

The contemplation of the body's impurity is an antidote against the hindrance of sense-desire (s. nīvarana) and the mental perversion (vipallāsa, q.v.) which sees what is truly impure as pure and beautiful.

See S. XLVI, 51; A. V. 36, Dhp. 7, 8; Sn. 193ff. - The Five Mental Hindrances (WHEEL 26), pp. 5ff.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Aśubha (अशुभ, “inauspicious”).—What is meant by inauspicious (aśubha)? Inauspicious is some event/activity/entity which results in demerit (pāpa).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1

Aśubha (अशुभ, “inauspicious”) refers to one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. What is meant by inauspicious (aśubha) body-making karma? The rise of which causes a living being to have ugly and repugnant form not liked by others is called inauspicious body-making karmas. 

The opposite-pair of aśubha (inauspicious) is śubha (auspicious).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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asubha : (adj.) unpleasant; ugly. (nt.) a corpse.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Asubha, (adj.) (a + subha) impure, unpleasant, bad, ugly, nasty; nt. °ṃ nastiness, impurity. Cp. on term and the Asubha-meditation, as well as on the 10 asubhas or offensive objects Dhs. trsl. 70 and Cpd. 121 n. 6.—S. IV, 111 (asubhato manasikaroti); V, 320; Sn. 341; Sdhp. 368. —subhâsubha pleasant unpleasant, good & bad Sn. 633; J. III, 243; Miln. 136.

—ânupassin realising or intuiting the corruptness (of the body) It. 80, 81; DhA. I, 76. —kathā talk about impurity Vin. III, 68. —kammaṭṭhāna reflection on impurity DhA. III, 425. —nimitta sign of the unclean i.e. idea of impurity Vism. 77. —bhāvanā contemplation of the impurity (of the body) Vin. III, 68. —saññā idea of impurity D. III, 253, 283, 289, 291. —saññin having an idea of or realising the impurity (of the body) It. 93. (Page 89)

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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Marathi-English dictionary

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aśubha (अशुभ).—a (S) Inauspicious or unpropitious; of unfavorable aspect or indication or import--conjunctions, prodigies, actions, words, marks, signs.

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aśubha (अशुभ).—n (S) Inauspiciousness or unluckiness. 2 Elliptically for aśubhakārya q. v. infra.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aśubha (अशुभ).—a Inauspicious. n Inauspiciousness.

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

Aśubha (अशुभ).—a.

1) Inauspicious.

2) Impure, dirty, foul (opp. śubha); शुभेनाशुभेन वोपायेन (śubhenāśubhena vopāyena) K.158 by any means, fair or foul.

3) Unlucky, unfortunate.

-bham 1 Inauspiciousness.

2) sin, a shameful deed.

3) Misfortune, calamity; नाथे कुतस्त्वय्यशुभं प्रजानाम् (nāthe kutastvayyaśubhaṃ prajānām) R.5.13; प्रायः शुभं विदधा- त्यशुभं च जन्तोः (prāyaḥ śubhaṃ vidadhā- tyaśubhaṃ ca jantoḥ) Māl.1.23.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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