Bharasaha, Bhārasaha, Bhara-saha, Bhārasāha: 8 definitions



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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Bhārasaha (भारसह) is a title given to the Bhikṣus that accompanied the Buddha when he went to Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata at Rājagṛha according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “the Arhats are also Bhārasaha, able to bear the burden”.

1) In the Buddhadharma, two burdens of qualities must be borne: that of the interest of oneself (svakārtha) and that of the interests of others (parārtha). The interest of oneself is destruction of all the impurities, definitive deliverance (vimukti) and other similar qualities (guṇa). The interest of others is faith (śraddhā), discipline (śīla), equanimity (upekṣā), concentration (samādhi), wisdom (prajñā) and other similar qualities. The Arhats are called Bhārasaha because they are capable of bearing their own burden and that of others.

2) Furthermore, just as a vigorous ox (go-) can carry heavy loads, so these Arhats who have acquired the faculties (indriya), the powers (bala), an awakening (avabodha) and a path (mārga) that is free of defilements (anāsrava) can bear the heavy load of the Buddhadharma. This is why they are called Bhārasaha.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bhārasaha (भारसह) or Bhārasāha (भारसाह).—a. 'able to carry a great load', very strong or powerful; विकृष्य चापं समरे भारसाहमनुत्तमम् (vikṛṣya cāpaṃ samare bhārasāhamanuttamam) Mb.6.74.1.

Bhārasaha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhāra and saha (सह).

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

Bhārasaha (भारसह).—mfn.

(-haḥ-hā-haṃ) 1. Able to carry loads. 2. Fit for the yoke. E. bhāra and saha what bears.

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

Bhārasaha (भारसह).—[adjective] burden-bearing, very strong or powerful.

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

1) Bhārasaha (भारसह):—[=bhāra-saha] [from bhāra] mf(ā)n. able to carry a great load, very strong or powerful, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. an ass, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Bhārasaha (भारसह):—[bhāra-saha] (haḥ-hā-haṃ) a. Able to carry.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Bhārasaha (भारसह):—Adj. (f. ā) eine grosse Last zu tragen vermögend , Schwerem gewachsen , viel vermögend.

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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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