Brahmasvara, Brahma-svara: 3 definitions



Brahmasvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Brahmasvara (ब्रह्मस्वर) refers to the “Brahmic voice”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVII.—Accordingly, “the Bodhisattva who has acquired the six superknowledges (abhijñā) has developed the mark (lakṣaṇa) of the Brahmic voice (brahmasvara) which, going beyond the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu, reaches the universes of the ten directions as numerous as the sands of the Ganges”.

If that is so, how does his voice differ from that of the Buddha?—The voice of the Bodhisattva is measured by the number of sand grains of the Ganges, whereas the range of the voice of the Buddha is unlimited (maryādā).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Brahmasvara in Buddhism glossary
Source: A Prayer for Rebirth in the Sukhāvatī

Brahmasvara (ब्रह्मस्वर) refers to “a voice like Brahmā’s” and represents the thirteenth of the thirty-two major marks of distinction (lakṣaṇa) mentioned in the Sukhāvatī and following the order, but not always the exact wording, of the Mahāvyutpatti (236-67). In Tibetan, the characteristic called Brahmasvara is known as ‘tshangs pa’i dbyangs’. The Sukhāvatī represents a prayer for rebirth which was composed by Karma chags med, a Karma bka’ brgyud master, who lived in the seventeenth century.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmasvara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Brahmasvara (ब्रह्मस्वर).—name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu iii.231.11 f. (v.l. once °śvara; compare Brahmeśvara?).

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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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