Avalambin, Avalambī, Avalambi: 14 definitions


Avalambin means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्) or Avalambinī refers to “that which hangs”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] His body is adorned on the left (by his consort) and he is adorned with a garland of wild flowers. He wears earrings made of snakes and his sacred thread is Vāsuki. The Lord is adorned with tinkling anklets and sits on a ghost in the lotus posture. He is adorned with the five insignia and a garland of severed heads that hangs from his neck up to his feet [i.e., pāda-avalambinī]. He dances with the bliss of wine and is accompanied by heroes and Bhairavas. Sixty-four Yoginīs and great mothers encompass him. He is endowed with sixty-four energies and adorned with ghosts and demons. O Śambhu, Bhairava is said to have as his seat (āsana) the Supreme Goddess”.

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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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्) refers to a “hanging (garland)”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] 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 eat eat to the hanging garland (mālā-avalambin) of greasy bloody entrails, to Surābhakṣī Hūṃ Phaṭ Svāhā! Oṃ seize seize the snake or serpent come forth from the seven underworlds Hūṃ Phaṭ Svāhā”.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

avalambi : (aor. of avalambati) hung down.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्).—a. Hanging down, depending upon, resting or reclining on, holding, supporting &c.; अस्ता- चलचूडावलम्बिनि कुमुदिनीनायके (astā- calacūḍāvalambini kumudinīnāyake) H.1; अथ धूमाभिताम्राक्षं वृक्षशाखा- वलम्बिनम् (atha dhūmābhitāmrākṣaṃ vṛkṣaśākhā- valambinam) R.15.49; गवाक्षविवरावलम्बिना (gavākṣavivarāvalambinā) 19.7; अपरधुर्यपदाव- लम्बी (aparadhuryapadāva- lambī) 5.66, Kumārasambhava 7.37; इयं हि निद्रा नयनावलम्बिनी (iyaṃ hi nidrā nayanāvalambinī) Mṛcchakaṭika 3.8; पुष्पभारावलम्बिभिः (puṣpabhārāvalambibhiḥ) (tarubhiḥ) Rām.

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

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्).—mfn. (-mbī-mbinī-mbi) Depending on. E. avalamba and ini aff.

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

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्).—[ava-lamb + in], adj., f. . 1. Hanging down. 2. Hanging, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 46, 7. 3. Supporting one’s self, Śak. 62, 15.

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

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्).—= [preceding] adj.

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

1) Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्):—[=ava-lambin] [from ava-lamb] mfn. hanging down so as to rest upon, hanging on or from, depending on

2) [v.s. ...] clinging to, reclining, resting upon.

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

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्):—[ava-lambin] (vī-binī-vi) a. Depending on, hanging from.

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

Avalambin (अवलम्बिन्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Avalaṃbi.

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Avalambin 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Avalaṃbi (अवलंबि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Avalambin.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avalaṃbi (ಅವಲಂಬಿ):—

1) [adjective] that is hanging down; pendent.

2) [adjective] relying (on another) for support or aid; dependent.

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Avalaṃbi (ಅವಲಂಬಿ):—

1) [noun] that which is hanging down; a hanging ornamental object (as one suspended from an ear-ring); a pendant.

2) [noun] a person who depends on someone else for existence, support, etc.; a dependent.

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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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