Aviha, Avihā: 4 definitions



Aviha 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A class of devas. Their world ranks among the five foremost of the rupa worlds, the Suddhavasa (D.ii.52; iii.237; M.iii.103).

Anagamis are born in Aviha and there attain arahantship (ItA.40). Mention is made of seven persons who became arahants immediately after being born in the Aviha world: Upaka, Palaganda, Pukkusati, Bhaddiya, Kundadeva, Bahudanti and Pingiya (MA.ii.999).

The name Aviha means not falling from prosperity (attano sampattiya na hayantiti Aviha) (VibhA.521; DA.ii.480). The duration of life in Aviha is one thousand kappas (DA.iii.740). Uddhamsotas start their career from Aviha and end in Akanittha (PsA.319; DhA.iii.289-90).

The Buddha once visited Aviha. D.ii.50-1.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(derivation uncertain; Sanskrit avrha)

is one of the five Pure Abodes (suddhāvāsa, q.v.) in the fine-material sphere.

For details, s. under Anāgāmī.

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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).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Aviha, (of uncertain etym. ) the world of the Aviha’s, i.e. the 12th of the 16 Brahmā-words, cp. Kindred Sayings 48 n. 3; Cpd. 139.—S. I, 35, 60; A. I, 279; Pug. 17. (Page 85)

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avihā (अविहा).—ind. Alas! Ś.6.

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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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