Balaki, Balāki, Bālāki, Balākī: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Balāki (बलाकि).—(VALĀKI). One of the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Mention is made in the Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Stanza 2, that Valāki had been present on the occasion of the svayaṃvara (wedding) of Draupadī.

2) Bālāki (बालाकि).—A hermit. He is called Gārgya also as he is a son of Garga. He acquired much knowledge and so he became arrogant. Because of this some called him Dṛptabālāki.

2) Once the hermit went to the King of Kāśī and told him that he would impart to him the knowledge of Brahma. The king replied that he would give thousand cows in return. Bālāki declared that the sun-god was Brahmā. The king said that he had known it. Everything that Bālāki said had been known to the king earlier. So, in the end Bālāki had to become the disciple of the King. Then the King took him to a man who was sleeping. The King called the sleeping man. But he did not wake up. The King woke him up and then asked the hermit, where he had gone when he was sleeping. Bālāki could not say where men go when they are sleeping and where they return from when they wake up. The king said "In our sleep we attain 'Sārūpya' (assimilation to god). But we are not aware of it. Though we get eternal bliss we do not know it. If we can get eternal bliss when we keep awake that is 'Ātmajñāna' (knowledge of Supreme Soul). As the flames emanate from fire, and as the spider weaves its net and sits in its centre, the soul creates everything, controls everything and pervades everything." (Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Balāki (बलाकि).—Ārṣeya Pravara: (Aṅgiras).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 23.

2) Bālāki (बालाकि).—Bhārgava gotrakāra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 20.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Balākī (बलाकी) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.108.7) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Balākī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

balakī (बलकी).—sometimes balaka ad ( A) Not only so but more; yea even; even, nay.

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balakī (बलकी).—f A channel in a pillar, a flute.

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

balakī (बलकी).—f A flute.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bālāki (बालाकि).—Name of an ancient sage; दृप्तबालाकिर्हानूचानो गार्ग्य आस (dṛptabālākirhānūcāno gārgya āsa) Bṛ. Up.

Derivable forms: bālākiḥ (बालाकिः).

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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. 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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