Asura Vagga; 2 Definition(s)
Asura Vagga means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
Asura Vagga - The tenth chapter of the Catukka Nipata of the Anguttara Nikaya. It consists of ten suttas containing the classification of four kinds of individuals to be found in the world, with more or less detailed descriptions of them (A.ii.91-101).Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Languages of India and abroad
Asura, (Vedic asura in more comprehensive meaning; connected with Av. ahurō Lord, ahurō mazdā°; perhaps to Av. anhuš & Lat. erus master) a fallen angel, a Titan; pl. asurā the Titans, a class of mythological beings. Dhpāla at PvA. 272 & the C. on J. V, 186 define them as kāḷakañjaka-bhedā asurā. The are classed with other similar inferior deities, e.g. with garuḷā, nāgā, yakkhā at Miln. 117; with supaṇṇā, gandhabbā, yakkhā at DA. I, 51. ‹-› The fight between Gods & Titans is also reflected in the oldest books of the Pāli Canon and occurs in identical description at the foll. passages under the title of devâsura-saṅgāma: D. II, 285; S. I, 222 (cp. 216 sq.), IV. 201 sq. , V. 447; M. I, 253; A. IV, 432.—Rebirth as an Asura is considered as one of the four unhappy rebirths or evil fates after death (apāyā; viz. niraya, tiracchāna-yoni, petā or pettivisaya, asurā), e.g. at It. 93; J. V, 186; Pv IV. 111, see also apāya.—Other passages in general: S. I, 216 sq. (fight of Devas & Asuras); IV, 203; A. II, 91; IV, 198 sq. , 206; Sn. 681; Nd1 89, 92, 448; DhA. I, 264 (°kaññā); Sdhp. 366, 436.
—inda Chief or king of the Titans. Several Asuras are accredited with the rôle of leaders, most commonly Vepacitti (S. I, 222; IV, 201 sq.) and Rāhu (A. II, 17, 53; III, 243). Besides these we find Pahārāda (gloss Mahābhadda) at A. IV, 197. —kāya the body or assembly of the asuras A. I, 143; J. V, 186; ThA. 285. —parivāra a retinue of Asuras A. II, 91. —rakkhasā Asuras and Rakkhasas (Rakṣasas) Sn. 310 (defined by Bdhgh at SnA 323 as pabbata-pāda-nivāsino dānava-yakkha-saññitā). (Page 89)
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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