Ayahshalmalivana, Ayaḥśalmalīvana, Ayahshalmali-vana: 1 definition
Ayahshalmalivana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Ayaḥśalmalīvana can be transliterated into English as Ayahsalmalivana or Ayahshalmalivana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
1) Ayaḥśalmalīvana (अयःशल्मलीवन) refers to the “forest of iron spines” and represents one of the four utsadas of the Avīci hell according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “then there is the forest of iron spines (ayaḥśalmalīvana) where the damned are pushed and forced to climb the trees. When the damned climb up, the spines turn downward; when they come down, the spines turn upward. Huge poisonous snakes (āsiviṣa), scorpions (vṛścika) and poisonous insects come to chew on the damned; big long-beaked birds breaks their heads and feast on their brains”.
2) Ayaḥśalmalīvana (अयःशल्मलीवन) refers to the “forest of iron spines” and is one of the “eight hells of fire and flame” forming part of the sixteen utsadas (secondary hells) sitauted outside of the eight great hells, according to the “world of transmigration” section in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVII).—Accordingly, “some men have given themselves up to lust and have taken over other men’s wives; they have lusted after and engaged in sex (sukhaparśana). For all these reasons, they fall into the forest of iron spines (ayaḥśalmalīvana)”.
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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Partial matches: Vana.
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