Balatapa, Bālatapa, Bala-atapa: 13 definitions


Balatapa means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Bālatapa (बालतप) refers to “austerities with perverted views” and is one of the causes leading to the influx (āsrana) of karmas leading to birth in the heavens (daiva).

Bālatapa is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Bālatapa (बालतप) refers to “foolish penance”, according to chapter 5.1 [śāntinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“After taking initiation at the side of his father as a (Śaiva) ascetic, he [i.e., Dharmila] began foolish penance (i.e., Bālatapas), for that was his father’s and mother’s kind. In winter on nights terrible from cold he endured a stream of water from a jar with a hole in the bottom, like a mountain rock enduring a stream from a cascade. The sun over his head and blazing fires at his sides—so he endures the five fires at mid-day in summer. In pools dug by himself and filled with rain-water he stood in water up to his neck and recited mantras, etc to Śiva [...]”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

1) Bālatapa (बालतप).—What is meant by false austerities (bālatapa)? To observe austerities without knowledge of spiritual purification (or by one with perverted views) is called false austerities?

2) Bālatapa (बालतप).—What is meant by austerities with perverted views (bālatapa)? Observance of austerities by a person with perverted faith (without proper knowledge of reality and true nature of self) is called austerities with perverted views.

What is literal meaning of bāla and tapa? Bāla (literarily means child). Here it implies perverted faith. Tapa means Practising conduct which prevents spiritual downfall.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bālātapa (बालातप).—m S The morning sun-beams.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bālātapa (बालातप).—morning sunshine.

Derivable forms: bālātapaḥ (बालातपः).

Bālātapa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bāla and ātapa (आतप).

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

Bālātapa (बालातप).—m.

(-paḥ) The rays of the rising sun. E. bāla and ātapa light.

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

Bālātapa (बालातप).—m. the rays of the rising sun, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 69.

Bālātapa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bāla and ātapa (आतप).

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

Bālātapa (बालातप).—[masculine] early heat, i.e. the heat of the morning sun.

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

Bālātapa (बालातप):—[from bāla] m. early heat of the sun, heat of the morning sun, [Manu-smṛti; Kālidāsa] (also [plural])

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

Bālātapa (बालातप):—[bālā+tapa] (paḥ) 1. m. Orient rays.

[Sanskrit to German]

Balatapa in German

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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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bālatapa (ಬಾಲತಪ):—[noun] (jain.) self denial, mortification etc. practised by a person without understanding the religious tenets or without engaging oneself in the pursuit of contemplative ideals.

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Bālātapa (ಬಾಲಾತಪ):—

1) [noun] = ಬಾಲಾರ್ಕ [balarka].

2) [noun] the heat received from the rising sun.

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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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