Avabodha: 16 definitions


Avabodha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Avabhdh.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Avabodha (अवबोध) refers to “awakened consciousness”, representing a quality of the Goddess, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—According to the Ādisūtra (chapter thirteen of the Kularatnoddyota) we find a reference to the inner Moon. We are told that it is above the Cavity of Brahmā [i.e., brahmarandhra] but not exactly where. In the same vague terms the Kularatnoddyota says that the lunar nectar is within ‘the moonlight’ (candrikā) and this, according to the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, is the form of the goddess Amā. Emerging from the body of the god, the Goddess, free of impurity (amala) is divine, radiant (sphurat) awakened consciousness (avabodha).

2) Avabodha (अवबोध, “awakening”) refers to one of the four characteristic features of the Śāmbhava (state), according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya verse 4.57-58.—Accordingly, “Next I will explain something else namely, the characteristic feature of the Śāmbhava (state). Equal (sama), Gone Away (gata), Merger (laya) and Awakening (avabodha) as the fourth—(thus) Śāmbhava is said to be of four kinds”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Avabodha (अवबोध) refers to the “intellect”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 2).—Accordingly, “Neither the ear-organ (śrotrendriya), nor the auditory consciousness (śrotravijñāna), nor the mental consciousness (manovijñāna) are able to hear sounds. The coming together of many causes and conditions (hetuprayaya-saṃnipāta) is necessary to be able to hear sounds. It cannot be said that one single dharma hears sounds. Why? The ear-organ, lacking intellect (avabodha), cannot hear sounds; the consciousnesses, both auditory consciousness as well as mental [consciousness], being non-material (arūpin), offering no resistance (apratigha) and outside of space (adeśastha), are not able to hear sounds. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

avabodha : (m.) knowledge; understanding.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Avabodha, (ava + bodha) perception, understanding, full knowledge SnA. 509 (sacca°).—Neg. an° not awakened to the truth Vv 826 (= ananubodha VvA. 319). (Page 83)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avabōdha (अवबोध).—m S & avabōdhaka a S See bōdha & bōdhaka.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avabodha (अवबोध).—

1) Waking, becoming awake (opp. svapna); यौ तु स्वप्नावबोधौ तौ भूतानां प्रलयोदयौ (yau tu svapnāvabodhau tau bhūtānāṃ pralayodayau) Kumārasambhava 2.8; युक्तस्वप्नावबो- धस्य (yuktasvapnāvabo- dhasya) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 6.17.

2) Knowledge, perception; स्वभर्तृनाम- ग्रहणाद्बभूव सान्द्रे रजस्यात्मपरावबोधः (svabhartṛnāma- grahaṇādbabhūva sāndre rajasyātmaparāvabodhaḥ) R.7.41; भावावबोधकलुषा दयितेव रात्रौ (bhāvāvabodhakaluṣā dayiteva rātrau) 5.64; प्रतिकूलेषु तैक्ष्णस्यावबोधः क्रोध इष्यते (pratikūleṣu taikṣṇasyāvabodhaḥ krodha iṣyate) S. D.; M.3.1; स्वात्मावबोधं महः (svātmāvabodhaṃ mahaḥ) Prab.1.1.

3) Discrimination judgement; अवबोधवारि रजसः शमनम् (avabodhavāri rajasaḥ śamanam) Kirātārjunīya 6.41.

4) Teaching, informing.

Derivable forms: avabodhaḥ (अवबोधः).

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

Avabodha (अवबोध).—m.

(-dhaḥ) 1. Judgment, discrimination, knowledge. 2. Waking, being awake. 3. Teaching. E. ava, and bodha knowledge.

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

Avabodha (अवबोध).—i. e. ava-budh + a, m. 1. Being awake, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 6, 17. 2. Full knowledge, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 219, 8.

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

Avabodha (अवबोध).—[masculine] waking; perception, understanding, knowledge.

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

1) Avabodha (अवबोध):—[=ava-bodha] [from ava-budh] m. waking, being awake, [Bhagavad-gītā vi, 17; Kumāra-sambhava ii, 8]

2) [v.s. ...] perception, knowledge, [Raghuvaṃśa vii, 38, etc.], faculty of being resolute in judgement or action [Comm.] [Bhāgavata-purāṇa], teaching, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Avabodha (अवबोध):—[ava-bodha] (dhaḥ) 1. m. Judgment; being awake; teaching.

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

Avabodha (अवबोध) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ababoha.

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Avabodha (अवबोध) [Also spelled avabhdh]:—(nm) understanding; hence ~[ka] (a); ~[na] (nm).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avabōdha (ಅವಬೋಧ):—

1) [noun] a waking or being awake.

2) [noun] perception a) the act of perceiving or the ability to perceive; mental grasp of objects, qualities, etc. by means of the senses; awareness; comprehension; b) insight or intuition or the faculty for these; c) the understanding, knowledge, etc. gotten by perceiving or a specific idea, concept, impression, etc. so formed.

3) [noun] the quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience, understanding, etc.; wisdom.

4) [noun] the drawing of inferences or conclusions from known or assumed facts; use of reason; reasoning.

5) [noun] the process or experience of being trained; training.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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