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Bhū, aka: Bhu; 4 Definition(s)


Bhū means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Bhū can be transliterated into English as Bhu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1a) Bhū (भू).—Earth: (Bhūmi) one of the seven worlds; released from Rasātala by Hari in Varāha form, this, Devī worships Hari in that form in Uttara-Kuru;1 when Pṛthu wanted to punish her for scarce supply of food, she trembled and appealed to him to make the ground level plain and milk her with a calf and a pail; was milked by the King, sages, Gods, asuras and others; hilly tracts got levelled, and cities and villages were founded.2 Bhū is said to have given yogic pādukas to Pṛthu.3 presiding deity is Agni; burnt by pralaya fire;4 the measurement of the earth (Pramāṇam) attempted by Haryaśvas (s.v.).5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 17. 34; Matsya-purāṇa 60. 2.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 17. 13-36; 18. 2-32.
  • 3) Ib. IV. 15. 18.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 155; 21. 21; IV. 1. 156; 2. 9-19, 41, 223.
  • 5) Matsya-purāṇa 5. 6.

1b) (Samiti) a Kṛtaloka, the first world; first was said Bhū and then came this world;1 is Pārthiva loka;2 these lokas are burnt by the flames of the seven suns;3 Marīci, Kaśyapa, Dakṣa and other Prajāpatis live here;4 people here live on rice and juice.5

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 107; 24. 18. 101. 11, 35-36.
  • 2) Ib. 101. 18.
  • 3) Ib. 101. 20.
  • 4) Ib. 101. 34.
  • 5) Ib. 101. 40, 42.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the Hands of The Seven Upper Worlds.—Bhu: the Patāka hand twisted upwards is applicable.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

about this context:

Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism


1) Bhū, 2 (f.) (fr. bhū, otherwise bhūmi) the earth; Loc. bhuvi according to Kaccāyana; otherwise bhuvi is aor. 3rd sg. ; of bhū: see Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 516; Geiger, Pali Gr. § 865. (Page 507)

2) Bhū, 1 (fr. bhū) (adj.) being, (n.) creature, living being in pāṇa-bhū a living being (a breathing being) J. V, 79 (=pāṇa-bhūta C.). (Page 507)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

bhū : (f.) the earth.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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