Avabhashana, Avabhāṣaṇa: 9 definitions


Avabhashana 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 Avabhāṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Avabhasana or Avabhashana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Avabhāsana (अवभासन) refers to “manifestation”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.161.—Accordingly, “‘And this … is not enough’ [means the following]. [Something] that [only] consists of the manifestation (avabhāsana-lakṣaṇa) in an external form, [i.e. in the form ‘this,’] of what remains [of the past experience in the shape of] an internal residual trace; [that is to say, something] that is merely separated [from the subject expressed as ‘I,’ but] that, although manifested, [appears] without any specific place and time—[this is] not [enough] for inference to trigger any activity ending in a bodily action. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Avabhāsana (अवभासन) refers to the “manifestation (of right knowledge)”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Oṃ Āḥ Hūṃ to the highest beautiful feet of the sacred true Guru, To the maker of right knowledge becoming manifest (samyagjñāna-avabhāsana), homage Hūṃ”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avabhashana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avabhāṣaṇa (अवभाषण).—Speaking, telling.

Derivable forms: avabhāṣaṇam (अवभाषणम्).

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

Avabhāsanā (अवभासना).—[ava-bhās + anā], f. Illiminating, shining, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 215, 11.

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

Avabhāsana (अवभासन).—[neuter] manifestation, appearance; enlightening, illumination.

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

1) Avabhāṣaṇa (अवभाषण):—[=ava-bhāṣaṇa] n. speaking against, speaking, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

2) Avabhāsana (अवभासन):—[=ava-bhāsana] [from ava-bhās] n. shining, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

3) [v.s. ...] becoming manifest, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] (in [Vedic or Veda] [philosophy]) illuminating.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Avabhāsana (अवभासन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ababhāsaṇa, Obhāsaṇa, Ohāsaṇa.

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Avabhashana in German

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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 (even English!). 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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