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Brahma, aka: Brāhma, Brahmā; 17 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Brahmā (ब्रह्मा, “Creator”):—One of the male offspring from Mahālakṣmī (rajas-form of Mahādevī). Also known as Vidhi. Mahālakṣmī is one of the three primary forms of Devī, the other two being Mahākālī and Mahāsarasvatī. Not to be confused with Lakṣmī, she is a more powerful cosmic aspect (vyaṣṭi) of Devi and represents the guṇa (universal energy) named rajas. Also see the Devī Māhātmya, a Sanskrit work from the 5th century, incorporated into the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

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Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śāka literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

Kathā (narrative stories)

Brahmā (ब्रह्मा).—Brahmā is one of the principal deities and formst along with Viṣṇu and Śiva, the well-known Hindu triad called trimūrti referred to as Hari-Hara-Brahmanāḥ. He is alluded to as Prajāpati, the creator of all the mobile and immobile universe. In this manner, Brahmā has been given the epithets of Vedas. Viśvasṛj and Pitāmaha.

He is also said to be Caturmukha and Viriñci, Ambhojabhava and Paṅkajabhū. He shows favour to those who are cursed. Sarasvatī is said to be born from the mouth of Brahmā, the lotus-born god.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Brahmā (ब्रह्मा) is a Sanskrit word referring to a deity. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.88-94, when Brahmā, Indra and all other gods went to inspect the playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa) designed by Viśvakarmā, he assigned different deities for the protection of the playhouse itself, as well as for the objects relating to dramatic performance (prayoga).

As such, Brahmā assigned Brahmā (installed as a deity) to the top section (joint/knot, parva) of the Jarjara (Indra’s banner staf). He also assigned himself to the centre of the stage (raṅgapīṭha). The protection of the playhouse was enacted because of the the jealous Vighnas (malevolent spirits), who began to create terror for the actors.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the Deva-vibhāvana (hands that indicate the forms which accord with the character and actions of Brahmā and other Devas).—Brahmā: left hand–Catura, right hand–Haṃsāsya.

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

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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).


Brahma stone has a small mouth and is of thick blue colour.

Source: archive.org: The Garuda puranam

1a) Brahmā (ब्रह्मा).—Pitāmaha, (Lokapitāmaha)—appeared on the lotus from the navel of Hari at the end of the Kalpa; the Lord with four faces: origin of five faces connected with his daughter and wife Śatarūpā;1 Born of Hari's grace: expression of rajas By Yoga saw the one Puruṣa lying on Śeṣa: Praised Him, who instructed him in the art of creation: nine-fold creation from Prakṛti; created the vedas and human society: created also a mind-born son to Śambhu who attained Brahmalokam: a second son of his, was Bhuva, who was sent to the mother—earth: the third son Bhūrbhuva and his son became Gopati. From his body was created Gāyatrī, who became his wife: then came Prajāpatis, oceans. etc.2

Known for impartiality, Parīkṣit compared to him;3 obliged to Viṣṇu;4 knew the dharma of Hari; a Parameṣṭhin;5 resident at Gayā and guards Benares;6 his golden city being in Meru;7 his curses and blessings moderate.8 A day of, is a thousand cycles of the 4 yugas; Pralaya, the night of Brahmā; period of his life is dvīparārdha. All the fourteen Manus flourish during his day.9 Author of the Atharva mantras; learnt the Veda from Hari and taught it to Manu;10 his sons were Marīci and Atri whose son was Soma. The last was made the lord of Brahmanas, stars, etc. Influenced Soma to restore Tārā to Bṛhaspati. Found out that Budha was Soma's son. Punished Soma as a sinful planet for enjoying Tārā.11 Made Dakṣa the overlord of the Prajāpatis;12 called on Kailāsa.13 Presented Pṛthu with armour and prevented him from slaying Indra.14 Visited Manu and Priyavrata and addressed her on home life.15 gifts to Māya.16 Did not help Durvāsa pursued by the cakra of Viṣṇu;17 was unable to answer the question of his son, Sanaka and others on the subtlity of yoga; remembered Hari who explained it in the form of a Haṃsa.18 Praised Viṣṇu for killing Kālanemi.19 Met Hari-Ajita to restore the fortune of Indra; cursed by Durvāsa and his prayer.20 Performed yajña in Janaloka;21 was displeased at Bhṛgu's behaviour;22 went with Bhṛgu and Dakṣa to Hiraṇyakaśipu engaged in austerities; granted boons to him and disappeared.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 2; III. 8. 13-16; IX. 1. 8-10; XI. 4. 5; XII. 5. 1; Matsya-purāṇa 1. 14; 2. 36; 3. 1, 37, 40.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 18. 14. III. 8. 22-32; 9. 1-24, 29-44; 10. 3-6, 8, 13-26; 12. 37-56.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 171. 8-14, 17, 21; 183. 84.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 23.
  • 5) Ib. IV. 21. 29; 29. 42.
  • 6) Ib. VI. 3. 20.
  • 7) Ib. IV. 8. 20.
  • 8) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 4; 184. 28.
  • 9) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 16. 28.
  • 10) Ib. X. 88. 12.
  • 11) Ib. XII. 4. 2-5; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 3. 15-24; IV. 1. 5; VI. 3. 11-12.
  • 12) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 14. 3-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 12.
  • 13) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 1. 8-10; 14. 2-3, 8, 12 [1] and 13. XII. 8. 12; Matsya-purāṇa 23. 10, 44-6.
  • 14) Matsya-purāṇa 201. 17; 225. 12; 249. 13, 58.
  • 15) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 3. 2.
  • 16) Ib. IV. 6. 2.
  • 17) Ib. XI. 13. 16-41.
  • 18) Matsya-purāṇa 178. 56, 64, 79.
  • 19) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 5. 18-50; 6. 1-15.
  • 20) Ib. X. 87. 9.
  • 21) Ib. X. 89. 3-4.
  • 22) Ib. VII. 3. 14-38; 4. 2-3; 8. 40; 10. 26-29, 33; Matsya-purāṇa 161. 17.

1b) A division of the night.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 44.

1c) Son of Brahmadana.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 132.

1d) One of the 16 Ṛtviks for a yajña; issued from the mouth of Nārāyaṇa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 167. 7.

1e) One of the authors on architecture.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 252. 3.

1f) Image of; four faces and sitting on a lotus; on the swan; on either side Sāvitrī and Sarasvatī.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 260. 40; 266. 42; 285. 6.

2a) Brāhma (ब्राह्म).—A muhūrta, early in the morning of the day.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 40; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 39; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 11. 5.

2b) The Kṛtayuga.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 78. 36.

2c) One of the six Darśanas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 16.

2d) A form of marriage.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 10. 24.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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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.

Āstika (orthodox philosophy)

The supreme deva, who convinced Buddha to teach.

Source: Wisdom Library: Indian Philosophy

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The term āstika refers to six mainstream schools of Hindu philosophy, accepting the Vedas as authorative. They are: Nyāyá (logic), Vaiśeṣika (atomism), Sāṃkhya (enumeration), Yoga (Patañjali’s school), Mimāṃsā (Vedic exegesis) and Vedanta (Upaniṣadic tradition). Together they also go by the name ṣaḍdarśana (‘six systems’).

General definition (in Hinduism)

Brahmā (ब्रह्मा) was generated from a lotus, called Hiraṇmaya, which sprang from the lake of the navel of Viṣṇu (or para-puruṣa) (sahasra-śirasa or sahasra-śīrṣā). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.14.2)

From the navel of para-puruṣa was generated a golden lotus, on which the four-faced Lord Brahmā took his birth. (Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.1.8-9)

From the mind of Lord Brahmā, Marīci took birth.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Brahmā as the Creator God is always shown with four heads which represent the four volumes of the Sacred Scriptures — the Vedas by the power of which Brahmā effects the work of creation. In Hindu mythology Creation occurs by Brahmā projecting created beings from his own mind into the four directions.

In terms of consciousness and states of mind, Brahmā represents the waking state of externalised awareness (jāgrat) — awareness and interaction with the world around us. Science deals almost exclusively with Brahmā.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Trinity

Brahma is the the creator part of the supreme trinity of hinduism - Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma. He is normally not worshipped alone, but as part of the Dhattatreya, which is all the three aspects in one form.

He is said to have been born out of a lotus that grew out of the navel of Vishnu. He was given the four Vedas by Vishnu and bidden to commence the aspect of creation. To assist in this task, he created the Prajapatis, who are his ManasaPutras (wish-born-sons). They are namely: Daksha, Vasishta, Kashyapa, Bhrigu, Angirasa.

Originally he had five heads. Once when he got into an argument with Shiva as to who is more powerful, Shiva cut one of his heads off, leaving only Shiva with five heads.

According to the Satapatha Brahmana, the names of the mind-born sons of Brahma are

  1. Vasishta,
  2. Kashyapa,
  3. Vishwamitra,
  4. Jamadagni,
  5. Gautama,
  6. Bharadwaja
  7. and Atri.

The Vayupurana adds Bhrigu as the eighth mind-born son.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

In Buddhism


Brahma, & Brahmā (fr. bṛh, see brahant. Perhaps less with regard to the greatness of the divine principle, than with ref. to the greatness or power of prayer or the ecstatic mind (i.e. holy enthusiasm). On etym. see Osthoff, “Bezzenberger’s Beiträge" XXIV. 142 sq. (=Mir. bricht charm, spell: Oicel. bragr poetry)) — I. Brahman (nt.) (cp. Vedic bráhman nt. prayer; Nom. sg. bráhma) 1. the supreme good; as a buddhistic term used in a sense different from the brahmanic (save in controversy with Brahmans); a state like that of Brahmā (or Brahman) A. II, 184 (brahmappatta). In cpds. brahma°.—2. Vedic text, mystic formula, prayer DA. I, 244 (brahmaṃ aṇatī ti brāhmaṇo). II. Brahmā (cp. Vedic brahmán, m. , one who prays or chants hymns, Nom. sg. Brahmā) 1. the god Brahmā chief of the gods, often represented as the creator of the Universe (vasavattī issaro kattā nimmātā) D. I, 18; III, 30, also called Mahābrahmā (D. I, 235 sq. , 244 sq. ; III, 30; It. 15; Vism. 578; DhA. II, 60); and Sahampati (Vin. I, 5; D. II, 157; S. I, 136 sq. ; Vism. 201; KhA 171; SnA 56) and Sanaṃkumāra (D. II, 226; III, 97). The duration of his life is given as being 1 kalpa (see Kvu 207, 208).—Nom. Brahmā Vin. I, 5; D. II, 46; J. VI, 486; Miln. 224; Vism. 2 (brahmānaṃ atibrahmā, Ep. of Buddha Bhagavā); SnA 229 (B. mahānubhāvo); Gen. Abl. Brahmano D. II, 209; Vism. 205; SnA 177; Instr. Brahmanā D. I, 252; II, 239; Dh. 105, 230; Vism. 48, 405; DhA. II, 60; Acc. Brahmānaṃ D. II, 37; Voc. Brahme S. I, 138.—2. a brahma god, a happy & blameless celestial being, an inhabitant of the higher heavens (brahma-loka; in which to be reborn is a reward of great merit); Nom. sg. brahmā S. I, 142 (Baka br.); M. I, 327 (id.); A. IV, 83; PvA. 138 (°devatā for brahma°?); Gen. Abl. brahmuno S. I, 142, 155; Instr. brahmunā D. III, 147, 150 & brahmanā PvA. 98; Voc. sg. brahme M. I, 328. pl. Nom. brahmāno Miln. 13, 18 (where J. VI, 486 has Mahā-brahmā in id. p.); DhsA. 195; Gen. brahmānaṃ Vism. 2; Mhbv 151.—paccekabrahmā a br. by himself S. I, 149 (of the name of Tudu; cp. paccekabuddha).—sabrahmaka (adj.) including the brahma gods D. I, 62; A. II, 70; Vin. I, 11; DA. I, 174.

III, brahma (adj. -n.) (cp. brahmā II. 2; Vedic brahma° & Sk. brāhma) 1. holy, pious, brahmanic; (m.) a holy person, a brahmin — (adj.) J. II, 14 (br. vaṇṇa=seṭṭha vaṇṇa C.); KhA 151 (brahma-cariyaṃ= brahmaṃ cariyaṃ).—(m.) Acc. brahmaṃ Sn. 285; Voc. brahme (frequent) Sn. 1065 (=brahmā ti seṭṭhavacanaṃ SnA 592); J. II, 346; IV, 288; VI, 524, 532; Pv. I, 129 (=brāhmaṇa PvA. 66).—2. divine, as incorporating the highest & best qualities, sublime, ideal, best, very great (see esp. in cpds.), A. I, 132 (brahmā ti mātāpitaro etc.), 182; IV, 76.—3. holy, sacred, divinely inspired (of the rites, charms, hymns etc.) D. I, 96 (brahme mante adhiyitvā); Pv. II, 613 (mantaṃ brahmacintitaṃ) =brāhmaṇānaṃ atthāya brahmaṇā cintitaṃ) PvA. 97, 98).—Note. The compn form of all specified bases (I. II. III, ) is brahma°, and with regard to meaning it is often not to be decided to which of the 3 categories the cpd. in question belongs.

—attabhāva existence as a brahma god DhA. III, 210. —ujjugatta having the most divinely straight limbs (one of the 32 marks of a Great Man) D. II, 18; III, 144, 155. —uttama sublime DhsA. 192. —uppatti birth in the brahma heaven S. I, 143. —ûposatha the highest religious observance with meditation on the Buddha & practice of the uposatha abstinence A. I, 207. —kappa like Brahmā Th. 1, 909. —kāya divine body D. III, 84; J. I, 95. —kāyika belonging to the company of Brahmā, N of a high order of Devas in the retinue of Br. (cp. Kirfel, Kosmographie pp. 191, 193, 197) D. I, 220; II, 69; A. III, 287, 314; IV, 40, 76, 240, 401; Th. 1, 1082; Vism. 225, 559; KhA 86. —kutta a work of Brahmā D. III, 28, 30 (cp. similarly yaṃ mama, pitrā kṛtaṃ devakṛtaṃ na tu brahmakṛtaṃ tat Divy 22). See also under kutta. —giriya (pl.) name of a certain class of beings, possibly those seated on Brahmagiri (or is it a certain class of performers, actors or dancers?) Miln. 191. —ghaṭa (=ghaṭa2) company or assembly of Brahmans J. VI, 99. —cakka the excellent wheel, i.e. the doctrine of the Buddha M. I, 69; A. II, 9, 24; III, 417; V, 33; It. 123; Ps. II, 174; VbhA. 399 (in detail); —cariya see separate article. —cārin leading a holy or pure life, chaste, pious Vin. II, 236; III, 44; S. I, 5, 60; II, 210; III, 13; IV, 93, A. II, 44; M. III, 117; Sn. 695, 973; J. V, 107, 382; Vv 3411 (Acc. pl. brahmacāraye for °cārino); Dh. 142; Miln. 75; DA. I, 72 (brahmaṃ seṭṭhaṃ ācāraṃ caratī ti br. c.); DhA. III, 83; a° S. IV, 181; Pug. 27, 36. —cintita divinely inspired PVI I. 613=Vv 6316 (of manta); expln at PvA. 97, as given above III, 3, differs from that at VvA. 265, where it runs: brahmehi Aṭṭhak’ādīhi cintitaṃ paññācakkhunā diṭṭhaṃ, i.e. thought out by the divine (seer) Aṭṭhaka and the others (viz. composers of the Vedic hymns: v. s. brāhmaṇa1, seen with insight). —ja sprung from Brahmā (said of the Brāhmaṇas) D. III, 81, 83; M. II, 148. Cp. dhammaja. —jacca belonging to a brahman family Th. 1, 689. —jāla divine, excellent net, N. of a Suttanta (D No. 1) Vism. 30; VbhA. 432, 516; KhA 12, 36, 97; SnA 362, 434. —daṇḍa “the highest penalty, " a kind of severe punishment (temporary deathsentence? ) Vin. II, 290; D. II, 154; DhA. II, 112; cp. Kern, Manual p. 87. —dāyāda kinsman or heir of Brahmā D. III, 81, 83. —deyya a most excellent gift, a royal gift, a gift given with full powers (said of land granted by the King) D. I, 87 (=seṭṭha-deyyaṃ DA. I, 246; cp. Dial. I. 108 note: the first part of the cpd. (brahma) has always been interpreted by Brahmans as referring to themselves. But brahma as the first part of a cpd. never has that meaning in Pali; and the word in our passage means literally “a full gift. " — Cp. id. p. Divy 620, where it does not need to mean “gift to brahmans, " as Index suggests); D. I, 114; J. II, 166=DhA. III, 125 (here a gift to a br. , it is true, but not with that meaning); J. VI, 486 (sudinnaṃ+); Mhbv 123. We think that both Kern (who at Toev. s. v. unjustly remarks of Bdhgh’s expln as “unjust") and Fick (who at “Sociale Gliederung" p. 126 trsls it as “gift to a Brahman") are wrong, at least their (and others’) interpretation is doubtful. —devatā a deity of the Brahmaloka PvA. 138 (so read for brahmā°). —nimantanika “addressing an invitation to a brahma-god, " title of a Suttanta M. I, 326 sq. , quoted at Vism. 393. —nimmita created by Brahmā D. III, 81, 83. —patta arrived at the highest state, above the devas, a state like the Br. gods M. I, 386; A. II, 184. —patti attainment of the highest good S. I, 169, 181; IV, 118. —patha the way to the Br. world or the way to the highest good S. I, 141; A. III, 346; Th. 1, 689. Cp. Geiger, Dhamma 77. —parāyana devoted to Brahmā Miln. 234. —parisā an assembly of the Brahma gods D. III, 260; M. I, 330; S. I, 155; A. IV, 307. —pārisajja belonging to the retinue of Br. , N. of the gods of the lowest Rūpa-brahmaloka S. I, 145, 155; M. I, 330; Kvu 207; cp. Kirfel, Kosmographie 191, 194. —purohita minister or priest to Mahābrahmā; °deva gods inhabiting the next heaven above the Br. -pārisajjā devā (cp. Kirfel Loc. cit.) Kvu 207 (read °purohita for °parohita!). —pphoṭana (a-pphoṭana; ā+ph. ) a Brahmaapplause, divine or greatest applause DhA. III, 210 (cp. Miln. 13; J. VI, 486). —bandhu “brahma-kinsman, " a brāhmaṇa in descent, or by name; but in reality an unworthy brahman, Th. 2, 251; J. VI, 532; ThA. 206; cp. Fick, Sociale Gliederung p. 140. —bhakkha ideal or divine food S. I, 141. —bhatta a worshipper of Br. J. IV, 377 sq. —bhavana Br. -world or abode of Br. Nd1 448. —bhūta divine being, most excellent being, said of the Buddha D. III, 84; M. I, 111; III, 195, 224; S. IV, 94; A. V, 226; It. 57; said of Arahants A. II, 206; S. III, 83. —yāna way of the highest good, path of goodness (cp. brahma-patha) S. V, 5; J. VI, 57 (C. ariyabhūmi: so read for arāya°). —yāniya leading to Brahmā D. I, 220. —loka the Br. world, the highest world, the world of the Celestials (which is like all other creation subject to change & destruction: see e.g. Vism. 415=KhA 121), the abode of the Br. devas; Heaven.—It consists of 20 heavens, sixteen being worlds of form (rūpa-brahmaloka) and four, inhabited by devas who are incorporeal (arūpa°). The devas of the Br. l. are free from kāma or sensual desires. Rebirth in this heaven is the reward of great virtue accompanied with meditation (jhāna) A. I, 227 sq. ; V, 59 (as included in the sphere called sahassī cūḷanikā lokadhātu).—The brahmās like other gods are not necessarily sotāpannā or on the way to full knowledge (sambodhi-parāyaṇā); their attainments depend on the degree of their faith in the Buddha, Dhamma, & Saṅgha, and their observance of the precepts.—See e.g. D. III, 112; S. I, 141, 155, 282; A. III, 332; IV, 75, 103; Sn. 508, 1117; J. II, 61; Ps. I, 84; Pv. II, 1317; Dhs. 1282; Vbh. 421; Vism. 199, 314, 367, 372, 390, 401, 405, 408, 415 sq. , 421, 557; Mhbv 54, 83, 103 sq. , 160; VbA 68; PvA. 76; VbhA. 167, 433, 437, 510. See also Cpd. 57, 141 sq. ; Kirfel, Kosmographie 26, 191, 197, 207, and cp. in BSk. literature Lal. Vist. 171. The Br. -l. is said to be the one place where there are no women: DhA. I, 270.—yāva Brahmalokā pi even unto Br. ’s heaven, expression like “as far as the end of the world" M. I, 34; S. V, 265, 288.—°ûpaga attaining to the highest heaven D. II, 196; A. V, 342; Sn. 139; J. II, 61; Kvu 114.—°ûpapatti rebirth in Heaven Sn. 139.—°parāyana the Br. -loka as ultimate goal J. II, 61; III, 396.—°sahavyatā the company of the Br. gods A. IV, 135 sq. —yāna the best vehicle S. V, 5 (+dhammayāna). —vaccasin with a body like that of Mahābrahmā, combd with —vaṇṇin of most excellent complexion, in ster. passage at D. I, 114, 115; M. II, 167, cp. DA. I, 282: °vaccasī ti Mahābrahmuṇo sarīra-sadisena sarīrena samannāgato; °vaṇṇī ti seṭṭhavaṇṇī. —vāda most excellent speech Vin. I, 3. —vimāna a palace of Brahmā in the highest heaven D. III, 28, 29; It. 15; Vism. 108. —vihāra sublime or divine state of mind, blissful meditation (exercises on a, altruistic concepts; b, equanimity; see on these meditations Dial I. 298). There are 4 such “divine states, " viz. mettā, karuṇā, muditā, upekkhā (see Vism. 111; DhsA. 192; and cp. Expositor 258; Dhs. trsl. 65; BSk. same, e.g. Divy 224); D. II, 196; III, 220 (one of the 3 vihāra’s: dibba°, brahma°, ariya°); Th. 1, 649; J. I, 139 (°vihāre bhāvetvā ... brahmalok’ûpaga), II. 61; Dhs. 262; Vism. 295 sq. (°niddesa), 319. —veṭhana the head-dress of a brahmin SnA 138 (one of the rare passages where brahma°=brahma III, 1). —sama like Brahmā Sn. 508; SnA 318, 325; DhsA. 195. —ssara “heavenly sound, " a divine voice, a beautiful and deep voice (with 8 fine qualities: see enumd under bindu) D. II, 211=227; J. I, 96; V, 336. (Page 492)

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

brahma : (m.) the Brahma; the Creator.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

N (Noble practice, noble conduct) Being dwelling in the world bearing the same name and which is the loftiest worlds plane among the four worlds planes. The world of brahmas is divided up between twenty spheres of existence.

A brahma being devoid of tactile sense, he cannot develop any akusala. Thats why their sphere of existence is called "the world of the ones having a noble conduct". There are three kinds of brahmas.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

See Brahmaloka

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the Arupyadhatu Devas:

A Brahma in Buddhism is the name for a type of exalted passionless deity (deva), of which there are multiple in Buddhist cosmology.

The Brahma devas (or simply Brahmas) participate in the more active joys of the first dhyana. They are also more interested in and involved with the world below than any of the higher devas, and sometimes intervene with advice and counsel.

There are at least four ways of interpreting the term Brahma. It may refer to:

  1. Any of the deities of the Arupyadhatu or of the Rupadhatu
  2. Any of the deities of the nine lowest worlds of the Rupadhatu, from Subhakrtsna to Brahmaparisadya.
  3. Any of the deities of the three lowest worlds of the Rupadhatu
  4. A Mahabrahma, one of the highest deities of preceding group.

See Abhasvara Worlds

Source: WikiPedia: BuddhismOne of the three major deities of Hinduism, along with Visnu (Vishnu) and Siva (Shiva). Adopted as one of the protective deities of Buddhism.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary"Great One" - an inhabitant of the non sensual heavens of form or formlessness.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

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