Brahmasvara, aka: Brahma-svara; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

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)

Brahmasvara in Mahayana glossary... « previous · [B] · next »

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).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of brahmasvara in the context of Mahayana from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Buddhism)

Brahmasvara in Buddhism glossary... « previous · [B] · next »

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.

Source: academia.edu: A Prayer for Rebirth in the Sukhāvatī

Relevant definitions

Search found 2931 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Brahma
Brahmā (ब्रह्मा), the creator of the universe, is one among the Trinity. Usually the image of B...
Svara
Svara.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘seven’. Note: svara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it ...
Brahmaloka
Brahmaloka (ब्रह्मलोक) refers to fourteen Brahmā worlds, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.17. Acc...
Brahmasutra
Brahmasūtra (ब्रह्मसूत्र).—n. (-traṃ) 1. The sacrificial or Brahminical thread. 2. An aphorism ...
Brahmayajna
Brahmayajña (ब्रह्मयज्ञ) refers to the “regular study of the Vedas”, as defined in the Śivapurā...
Brahmavihara
Brahmavihāra (ब्रह्मविहार).—a pious conduct, perfect state; Buddh. Derivable forms: brahmavihār...
Brahmasthana
Brahma-sthāna.—(SII 13; SITI), explained as ‘an assembly hall’; the Brāhmaṇa quarters of a vill...
Brahmacari
1) Brahmacāri (ब्रह्मचारि).—See Brahmacarya.2) Brahmacāri (ब्रह्मचारि).—A devagandharva (a clas...
Brahmapurana
Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण).—(brāhmapurāṇa) This is a great book of twenty-five thousand verses...
Brahmarakshasa
Brahmarākṣasa (ब्रह्मराक्षस).—a kind of ghost, the ghost of a Brāhmaṇa, who during his life tim...
Brahmatirtha
Brahmatīrtha or Brahmatīrtheśvara refers to one of the sixteen liṅgas worshipped in the maṇḍapa...
Brahma-muhurta
Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त).—The period of forty-eight minutes before the sunrise is called ...
Brahmadanda
Brahmadaṇḍa (ब्रह्मदण्ड).—1) the curse of a Brāhmaṇa; एकेन ब्रह्मदण्डेन बहवो नाशिता मम (ekena b...
Susvara
Susvara (सुस्वर) refers to a “melodious voice” and represents one of the various kinds of ...
Svarabheda
Svarabheda (स्वरभेद) refers to “hoarseness of voice”. Vatsanābha (Aconitum ferox), although cat...

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: