Avagraha, Avagrāha: 14 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

1) Avagraha (अवग्रह).—Separation of a compound word into its component elements as shown in the Pada-Pāṭha of the Vedic Saṃhitās. In the Padapāṭha, individual words are shown separately if they are combined by Saṃdhi rules or by the formation of a compound in the Saṃhitāpāṭha; e.g. पुरोहितम् (purohitam) in the Saṃhitāpāṭha is read as पुरः (puraḥ)sहितम् (hitam). In writing, there is observed the practice of placing the sign (ऽ) between the two parts, about which nothing can be said as to when and how it originated. The Atharva-Prātiśākhya defines अवग्रह (avagraha) as the separation of two padas joined in Saṃhitā. (A. Pr. II.3.25; II.4.5). In the recital of the pada-pāṭha, when the word-elements are uttered separately, there is a momentary pause measuring one matra or the time required for the utterance of a short vowel. (See for details Vāj. Prāt. Adhāya 5).

2) Avagraha.—The word अवग्रह (avagraha) is also used in the sense of the first out of the two words or members that are compounded together. See Kāśikā on P.VIII.4.26; cf. also तस्य (tasya) (इङ्ग्यस्य (iṅgyasya)) पूर्वपदमवग्रहः यथा देवायत इति देव-यत (pūrvapadamavagrahaḥ yathā devāyata iti deva-yata). Tai. Pr. I. 49. The term अवग्रह (avagraha) is explained in the Mahābhāṣya as 'separation, or splitting up of a compound word into its constitutent parts; cf. छन्दस्यानङोवग्रहो दृश्येत पितामह इति । (chandasyānaṅovagraho dṛśyeta pitāmaha iti |) (M. Bh. on IV.2.36); also cf. यद्येवमवग्रहः प्राप्नोति । न लक्षणेन पदकारा अनुवर्त्याः। पदकारैर्नाम लक्षणमनुवर्त्यम् । यथालक्षणं पदं कर्तव्यम् (yadyevamavagrahaḥ prāpnoti | na lakṣaṇena padakārā anuvartyāḥ| padakārairnāma lakṣaṇamanuvartyam | yathālakṣaṇaṃ padaṃ kartavyam) (M. Bh. on III.1.109) where the Bhāṣyakāra has definitely stated that the writers of the Padapāṭha have to split up a word according to the rules of Grammar.

3) Avagraha.—In recent times, however, the word अवग्रह (avagraha) is used in the sense of the sign (ऽ) showing the coalescence of अ (a) (short or long) with the preceding अ (a) (short or long) or with the preceding ए (e) or ओ (o) e.g. शिवोऽ र्च्यः, अत्राऽऽगच्छ (śivo' rcyaḥ, atrā''gaccha).

4) Avagraha.—The word is also used in the sense of a pause, or an interval of time when the constituent elements of a compound word are shown separately; cf. समासेवग्रहो ह्रस्वसमकालः (samāsevagraho hrasvasamakālaḥ) (V. Pr. V.1).

5) Avagraha.—The word is also used in the sense of the absence of Sandhi when the Sandhi is admissible.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Avagraha (अवग्रह):—Restricted movement

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Avagraha (अवग्रह) refers to “perception of something by the senses” and represents one of the four classes of m “sense-knowledge” (mati-jñāna) which itself is one of the five types of “right-knowledge” (samyagjñāna), as mentioned in chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as mentioned in Ṛṣabha’s sermon: “[...] mokṣa is attained by those who practice unceasingly the brilliant triad of knowledge, faith, and conduct. Among these, exact knowledge which comes from a summary or detailed study of the principles, jīva, etc., is called ‘right-knowledge’ (samyagjñāna). [...] Mati-jñāna is said to be divided into [viz., avagraha], etc., and these again into bahu, etc., and originates by means of the senses, and by means of the mind”.

2) Avagraha (अवग्रह) refers to the distance (i.e., the length of the body) within which one should not sit before a God or Guru, according to chapter 2.1.—Accordingly, “[...] The King contracted his body like a tortoise from reverence and, avoiding the avagraha-space, sat down with hands joined in suppliant manner. The King listened with close attention to a sermon from the Ācārya, like Purandara to one from a Tīrthaṅkara. The King’s disgust with existence was increased by that sermon, like the whiteness of the moon by autumn. [...]”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1

Avagraha (अवग्रह, “apprehension”) refers to one of the four divisions of sensory knowledge (mati). What is apprehension /sensation (avagraha)? The cognition immediately following intuition (darśana) is called apprehension /sensation e.g. it is white.

according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.13, “The function of mati is the cognition with the aid of mind and sense organs through the stages of apprehension /sensation (avagraha), speculation /discrimination, perceptual judgment and retention”.

How many types of out-linear-grasp (avagraha) are there? Two, namely arthāvagraha (object-perception / awareness) and vyañjanāvagraha (contact awareness).

Source: JAINpedia: Jainism

Avagraha (अवग्रह) refers to “broad grasp of an idea” and represents one of the four thought processes relating to perception , as explained in the Nandīsūtra.—Comparable divisions are found in the Tattvārtha-sūtra I.15.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avagraha (अवग्रह) [or अवग्राह, avagrāha].—m S Stoppage or suspension of rain.

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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

Avagraha (अवग्रह).—1 Separation of the component parts of a compound, or of other grammatical forms.

2) The mark or interval of such a separation; समासेऽवग्रहो ह्रस्वसमकालः (samāse'vagraho hrasvasamakālaḥ).

3) The syllable or letter after which such separation occurs, छन्दस्यृदवग्रहात् (chandasyṛdavagrahāt) P.VIII.4.26.

4) A hiatus, absence of sandhi (as in dhik tāṃ ca taṃ ca madanaṃ ca imāṃ ca māṃ ca instead of cemāṃ ca) Bh.2.2.

5) The mark (') used to mark the elision of अ (a) after ए (e) and ओ (o).

6) Withholding of rain, drought, failure of rain; वृष्टि- र्भवति शस्यानामवग्रहविशोषिणाम् (vṛṣṭi- rbhavati śasyānāmavagrahaviśoṣiṇām) R.1.62; रावणावग्रहक्लान्तमिति वागमृतेन सः (rāvaṇāvagrahaklāntamiti vāgamṛtena saḥ) 1.48; नभोनभस्ययोर्वृष्टिमवग्रह इवान्तरे (nabhonabhasyayorvṛṣṭimavagraha ivāntare) 12.29; वृषेव सीतां तदवग्रहक्षताम् (vṛṣeva sītāṃ tadavagrahakṣatām) Ku.5.61.

7) An obstacle, impediment, hindrance, restraint; संसार° (saṃsāra°) Māl.1 the bonds of fetters of worldly existence; प्रसह्य रक्षोभिरवग्रहं च (prasahya rakṣobhiravagrahaṃ ca) Rām.; see अनवग्रह (anavagraha) and निरवग्रह (niravagraha).

8) A herd of elephants

9) The forehead of an elephant; A part of the elephant's face, the flat level place in the middle of the elephant's forehead which joins the lower parts of the two Kumbhas; Mātaṅga L.5.6.

1) Nature, original temperament.

11) A sort of knowledge, a false idea.

12) Punishment (opp. anugraha); अनुग्रहावग्र- हयोर्विधाता (anugrahāvagra- hayorvidhātā) Śi.1.71.

13) An imprecation, a term of abuse.

14) An iron hook with which elephants are driven.

15) Obstinate insistance; obstinacy; कर्मण्यवग्र- हधियो भगवन्विदामः (karmaṇyavagra- hadhiyo bhagavanvidāmaḥ) Bhāg.4.7.27.

Derivable forms: avagrahaḥ (अवग्रहः).

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Avagrāha (अवग्राह).—

1) Breaking, separation.

2) Impediment; अवग्राहस्ते भूयात् (avagrāhaste bhūyāt) Sk.

3) A curse; see अवग्रह (avagraha).

Derivable forms: avagrāhaḥ (अवग्राहः).

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

Avagraha (अवग्रह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. Taking, acceptance. 2. Taking off or away, seizure. 3. Disrespect. 4. Drought. 5. Obstacle, impediment. 6. An elephant’s forehead. 7. A herd of elephants. 8. Nature, original temperament. 9. A sort of knowledge, a false idea. 10. An imprecation or term of abuse. E. ava before, graha to take or seize, ap affix: also avagrāha.

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Avagrāha (अवग्राह).—m.

(-haḥ) 1. An imprecation or term of abuse, as avagrāhaste syāt, may disappointment befall you. 2. Drought. 3. Disgrace, discomfiture: see avagraha. E. As before, ghañ aff.

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

Avagraha (अवग्रह).—[ava-grah + a], m. 1. Obstacle. 2. Drought, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 11, 29. 3. Contempt, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 44, 18. 4. Nature, original temperament, [Mālavikāgnimitra, (ed. Tullberg.)] 70, [distich] 89. (affection).

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

Avagraha (अवग्रह).—[masculine] hindrance, impediment; separation of padas and the pause between them ([grammar]).

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

1) Avagraha (अवग्रह):—[=ava-graha] [from ava-grah] m. separation of the component parts of a compound, or of the stem and certain suffixes and terminations (occurring in the Pada text of the Vedas), [Prātiśākhya] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] the mark or the interval of such a separation, [Prātiśākhya]

3) [v.s. ...] the syllable or letter after which the separation occurs, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya; Pāṇini 8-4, 26], the chief member of a word so separated, [Prātiśākhya]

4) [v.s. ...] obstacle, impediment, restraint, [Pbr.] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] mark of the elision of an initial a

6) [v.s. ...] (= varṣa pratibandha, [Pāṇini 3-3, 51]) drought, [Raghuvaṃśa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

7) [v.s. ...] nature, original temperament, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] ‘perception with the senses’, a form of knowledge, [Jaina literature]

9) [v.s. ...] an imprecation or term of abuse, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] an elephant’s forehead, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] a herd of elephants, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] an iron hook with which elephants are driven, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) Avagrāha (अवग्राह):—[=ava-grāha] [from ava-grah] m. obstacle, impediment (used in imprecations), [Pāṇini 3-3, 45]

14) [v.s. ...] ([Pāṇini 3-3, 51]; cf. also ava-graha) drought, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

15) [v.s. ...] ([varia lectio] for avagāha q.v.) a bucket, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

16) [=ava-grāha] [from ava-grah] the forehead of an elephant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Avagraha (अवग्रह):—[ava-graha] (haḥ) 1. m. Seizure; disrespect; drought; obstacle.

2) Avagrāha (अवग्राह):—[ava-grāha] (haḥ) 1. m. Idem; drought.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Avagraha (अवग्रह):—(von grah mit ava trennen) m. [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 51.]

1) die in den Leseweisen (Pāṭha) des Veda übliche Ablösung der Theile eines comp. (nach dem weitern Begriffe), z. B. einer praep., der Endung des superl. u. s. w. Das, wovon abgelöst wird, steht im instr. z. B. pūrveṇāvagrahaḥ [Prātiśākha zum Atharvaveda 4, 7. 42. 125.] [Prātiśākhya zum Ṛgveda 15, 10.] [Prātiśākhya zur Taittirīyasaṃhitā 1, 4. 5.] [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 8, 2, 16, Vārttika von Kātyāyana. 2. 4, 2, 36, Vārttika von Kātyāyana. 4.] [Kāśikīvṛtti] zu [8, 3, 109. 6, 3, 98, Scholiast] avagrahaḥ padasya [3, 3, 45, Scholiast] —

2) der Trennungspunkt, Zwischenraum einer solchen Auflösung (welcher [Prātiśākhya zum Ṛgveda 1, 6] genauer avagrahāntara n. heisst): samāse vagraho hrasvasamakālaḥ [Prātiśākhya zur Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 5, 1.] [Prātiśākhya zum Ṛgveda 4, 12.] [Prātiśākha zum Atharvaveda 3, 85.] [Prātiśākhya zur Taittirīyasaṃhitā 1, 5.] —

3) Trennungssilbe, Trennungslaut, d. h. die Silbe, oder der Laut, nach welchem der Zwischenraum erscheint [Prātiśākhya zur Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 1, 119. 121. 4, 137.] ṛdavagrahāt [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 8, 4, 26.] avagrahabhūto ya ṛkāraḥ [Scholiast] —

4) einer der beiden Bestandtheile des aufgelösten Wortes, und zwar der Haupttheil oder der vordere Theil: saṃhitāvadavagrahaḥ svaravidhau paraṃ ca sarvaṃ cedanudāttam [Prātiśākhya zur Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 1, 149. 154.] [Prātiśākhya zum Ṛgveda 1, 12.] [Prātiśākhya zur Taittirīyasaṃhitā 2, 4.] —

5) Hemmniss, Hinderniss [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 335.] [Medinīkoṣa Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 26.] sa rocayāmāsa paraiśca bandhaṃ prasahya rakṣobhiravagrahaṃ ca [Rāmāyaṇa 5, 44, 18.] niravagraha der sich durch nichts hemmen lässt, der nach freiem Entschluss handelt [89, 39.] [Hitopadeśa II, 94.] Vgl. avagrāha 2. —

6) (Hemmung des Regens) Dürre [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 51.] [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 2, 12.] [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 3, 455.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 166.] [Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 355.] [Medinīkoṣa Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 26.] [Raghuvaṃśa 1, 62. 10, 49. 12, 29.] [Kathāsaritsāgara 3, 11.] na vedmi saḥ kadā tapaḥkṛśāmabhyupapatsyate vṛṣeva (wie Indra) sītāṃ tadavagrahakṣatām (tad auf Indra zu beziehen) [Kumārasaṃbhava 5, 61.] avagraho devasya [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 51,] [Scholiast] Vgl. avagrāha 3. —

7) Natur (prakṛtibhāva) [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 3, 455.] —

8) eine bes. Kenntniss (jñānaviśeṣa, [Wilson’s Wörterbuch] : a false idea) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 334.] —

9) Fluch (śāpa) [BHARATA] und Andere zu [Amarakoṣa im Śabdakalpadruma] Vgl. avagrāha 2. —

10) Elephantenstirn [Amarakoṣa 2, 8, 2, 6.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 1226.] [Anekārthasaṃgraha 4, 334.] [Medinīkoṣa Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 26.] —

11) Elephantenheerde [Hārāvalī 266.]

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Avagrāha (अवग्राह):—(wie eben) m.

1) das Absetzen, Trennen; davon ham adv. absetzend, abbrechend in der Rede (Gegens. saṃtatam) [Aitareyabrāhmaṇa 2, 19.] —

2) Hemmniss, Hinderniss (bei einer Verwünschung, ākrośe) [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 45.] avagrāhaste bhūyāt . abhibhava ityarthaḥ . [Scholiast] = śāpa [Scholiast] zu [Amarakoṣa im Śabdakalpadruma] Vgl. avagraha 9. —

3) Dürre [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 3, 3, 51.] [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 2, 12.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 166.] Vgl. avagraha 6. —

4) Elephantenstirn [Scholiast] zu [Amarakoṣa im Śabdakalpadruma] Vgl. avagraha [10.]

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Avagraha (अवग्रह):—

5) [Pañcaviṃśabrāhmaṇa 15, 7, 3.] parasparāvagrahanirvikārau [Mālavikāgnimitra 89.] —

6) [Kathāsaritsāgara 60, 170. 62, 20.] — Vgl. duravagraha, niravagraha .

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Avagrāha (अवग्राह):—

1) avagrāham ist absolut. —

5) v.l. für avagāha (= jaladroṇī) [Śabdamālā] bei [AUFRECHT, Halāyudha S. 140.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Avagraha (अवग्रह):—m.

1) Hemmniss , Hinderniss.

2) Regenmangel , Dürre.

3) die im Padapāṭha übliche Abtheilung der Pada , Aufhebung des Saṃdhi Comm. zu [Gotama's Nyāyadarśana 2,2,55.] —

4) die Pause zwischen in solcher Weise abgetheilten Pada.

5) die Silbe oder der Laut , nach denen diese Abtheilung erfolgt.

6) ein auf diese Weise abgetheiltes Pada , insbes. das Vorangehende.

7) *natürlicher Zustand.

8) *Fluch (eher ein best. Fluch ). —

9) *Elephantenstirn.

10) *Elephantenheerde.

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Avagrāha (अवग्राह):—m.

1) *Hemmniss , Hinderniss (al Fluch). —

2) Dürre [Rājataraṃgiṇī 8,1237.] —

3) *Elephantenstirn.

4) *Eimer.

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