Bahushruta, Bahuśruta, Bahu-shruta: 15 definitions


Bahushruta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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 Bahuśruta can be transliterated into English as Bahusruta or Bahushruta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Bahushruta in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत) refers to the “person with knowledge”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 2).—Accordingly, [...] In this stanza, the Buddha does not say that it is the generous person who will obtain joy, or the person with knowledge (bahuśruta), morality, patience, energy, dhyāna, or wisdom. The Buddha is speaking only of the faithful. His intention is the following: My supreme profound doctrine is subtle, immense, incalculable, inconceivable, immoveable, without support, without attachment and without perceived object. But it is not true that the omniscient one (sarvajñā) is unable to explain it. That is why, in the Buddha’s doctrine, the power of faith is primordial. It is by faith that one enters into it and not by generosity, discipline, patience, energy, dhyāna or wisdom.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Bāhuśruta (बाहुश्रुत) refers to “(one who is) learned”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How, then, son of good family, does the Bodhisattva grasp the treasury of the dharma jewel of the Awakened Lords? [...] Further, as for the treasury of the dharma jewels of the Awakened Lords, even though living beings of a system of threefold thousand great thousand worlds were as learned (bāhuśruta) as Ānanda, all of them would not be able to understand even a syllable (akṣara) in hundreds of thousands of millions of aeons, and further they would not be able to teach even a single meaning (ekārtha)—such a true teaching is the treasury of dharma jewels belonging to the Awakened Lords. [...]”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Bahushruta in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत) is the name of a minister of king Jvalanajaṭin, according to chapter 4.1 [śreyāṃsanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bahuśruta.—(CII 1), well informed in various doctrines. Note: bahuśruta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bahushruta in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—a (S) That has heard much; that has a smattering or a superficial knowledge of many things; one of general information.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—a That has heard much. One of general information.

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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

[«previous next»] — Bahushruta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—a.

1) well-informed, very learned तस्मिन् पुरवरे हृष्टा धर्मात्मानो बहुश्रुताः (tasmin puravare hṛṣṭā dharmātmāno bahuśrutāḥ) Rām. H.1.1; Pañcatantra (Bombay) 2. 1; R.15.36.

2) well-versed in the Vedas; गुरुं वा बाल- वृद्धौ वा ब्राह्मणं वा बहुश्रुतम् । आततायिनमायान्तं हन्यादेवाविचारयन् (guruṃ vā bāla- vṛddhau vā brāhmaṇaṃ vā bahuśrutam | ātatāyinamāyāntaṃ hanyādevāvicārayan) || Manusmṛti 8.35.

-tiḥ the occurrence of the plural in a text.

Bahuśruta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bahu and śruta (श्रुत). See also (synonyms): bahīśruta.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—name of a Buddhist elder (not in Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names)): Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.207.4 ff.

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

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Well-taught, learned. 2. Acquainted with the Vedas. E. bahu, and śruta heard, or śruti Vedas.

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

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत).—[adjective] very learned, well taught.

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

1) Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत):—[=bahu-śruta] [from bahu > bah] mfn. one who has studied much, very learned, well versed in the Vedas, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a minister, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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

Bahuśruta (बहुश्रुत):—[bahu-śruta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Well taught, knowing the Vedas; learned.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bahushruta in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bahuśruta (ಬಹುಶ್ರುತ):—

1) [noun] one who has studied much; a scholar.

2) [noun] a man well versed in the vedas; a scholar.

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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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