Bahyavastu, Bāhyavastu, Bahya-vastu: 3 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Yoga Vasishtha Maharamayana
Bāhyavastu (बाह्यवस्तु) refers to “external objects”, as mentioned in the Yogavasistha 1.28 (“Mutability of the world”).—Accordingly, as Rāma narrated: “Boyhood lasts but a few days, and then it is succeeded by youth which is as quickly followed by old age: thus there being no identity of the same person, how can one rely on the uniformity of external objects [i.e., bāhyavastu—bāhyeṣu vastuṣu]? The mind that gets delighted in a moment and becomes dejected in the next, and assumes likewise its equanimity at another, is indeed as changeful as an actor. [...]”.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Bāhyavastu (बाह्यवस्तु) refers to “(attachment to) outer things”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 48). Accordingly, “The self (ātman) is the root (mūla) of all the passions (kleśa). First, one is attached to the five aggrergates (skandha) as if they were the self; then, one is attached to outer things (bāhyavastu) as if they were ‘mine’ (ātmīya). Tied (baddha) by the ‘mine’, one produces love (rāga) and hatred (dveṣa) and as a result of this love and hatred, one carries out actions (karman). [...]”.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Bāhyavastu (बाह्यवस्तु):—[=bāhya-vastu] [from bāhya] n. external wealth or riches, [Kumāra-sambhava]
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 1 - Superiority of the monastic vows over the lay vows < [Section II.2 - Morality of the monastic or pravrajita]
Part 4 - Bodily and mental exertion < [Chapter XXVII - The Virtue of Exertion]
Emptiness 14: Emptiness of all dharmas < [Chapter XLVIII - The Eighteen Emptinesses]