Brahmadeva, Brahmadēva, Brahma-deva: 6 definitions
Brahmadeva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Brahmadeva (ब्रह्मदेव).—A warrior who fought on the side of the Pāṇḍavas against the Kauravas in the battle of Mahābhārata. His duty was to protect the army in the rear. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 196, Stanza 25).
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Brahmadeva (ब्रह्मदेव) refers to the “Brahmā heavens”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32.—Why did the Buddha say that the reward (vipāka) for loving-kindness is to be reborn in the Brahmā heavens? Because the Brahmadevas are venerated by beings, everyone has heard of them and everyone knows them. The Buddha lived in the Indian kingdoms where there were always many Brahmins in whose religion virtuous men were all reborn among the Brahmadevas. When they learn that the devotees of loving-kindness (maitrācārin) are reborn among the Brahmadevas, beings have great faith (śraddhā) and are ready to practice loving-kindness. This is why the Buddha said that devotees of loving-kindness are reborn among the Brahmadevas.
When the Buddha speaks here of the ‘Brahmā heavens’, he means not only the four dhyānas [of rūpadhātu, inhabited by the Brahmadevas] but also the four ārūpyasamāpattis [formless absorptions of ārūpyadhātu, inhabited by the formless deities]. Investigation (vitarka) and analysis (vicāra), [which are eliminated in the dhyānas of ārūpyadhātu], are so difficult to destroy that the Buddha does not speak here about the levels higher than these dhyānas [namely, the four ārūpyasamāpattis].
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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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
brahmadēva (ब्रह्मदेव).—m (S) Brahma, the first of the Hindu triad, or the form of the Deity as Fashioner of the universe. 2 A village-god set up by the sōnāra, sutāra, jinagara &c. of a village, and having a Brahman (not a gurava or ghāḍī or rāūḷa) for his priest.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Brahmadeva (ब्रह्मदेव).—name of a Bodhisattva: Gaṇḍavyūha 443.8.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Brahmadeva (ब्रह्मदेव):—[=brahma-deva] [from brahma > brahman] m. (also with paṇḍita) Name of various authors, [Catalogue(s)]
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
The Bako-brahmā-sutta < [Part 16 - Obtaining the immense longevity and immense radiance of the Buddhas]
III. Fruits of the immeasurables (apramāṇa) < [Class 3: The four immeasurables]
2. Multiple natures < [Part 4 - Understanding identical and multiple natures]
The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
Chapter XII - The Jātaka of Śiri < [Volume II]
Chapter XIV - The Jātaka of Nalinī (the king’s daughter) < [Volume III]
Chapter XXX - The second Avalokita-sūtra < [Volume II]
Vimalakīrti Sutra (by John R. McRae)
Early Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Buddha Chronicle 17: Tissa Buddhavaṃsa < [Chapter 9 - The chronicle of twenty-four Buddhas]
Buddha Chronicle 5: Revata Buddhavaṃsa < [Chapter 9 - The chronicle of twenty-four Buddhas]
Part 7 - A Brief History of the Royal Lineage of the Bodhisatta < [Chapter 1 - The Story of Sataketu Deva, The Future Buddha]
Buddhacarita (by Charles Willemen)