Brahmata, Brahmatā: 6 definitions
Brahmata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.
India history and geographySource: Wisdom Library: India History
Brahmata (or, Brahmatā) refers to one of the 84 castes (gaccha) in the Jain community according to Prof. H. H. Wilson. The Jain caste and sub-caste system was a comparatively later development within their community, and it may have arisen from the ancient classification of Brāhmaṇa, Kṣatriya, Vaiśya and Śūdra. Before distinction of these classes (such as Brahmata), the society was not divided into distinct separate sections, but all were considered as different ways of life and utmost importance was attached to individual chartacter and mode of behaviour.
According to Dr. Vilas Adinath Sangava, “Jainism does not recognise castes (viz., Brahmata) as such and at the same time the Jaina books do not specifically obstruct the observance of caste rules by the members of the Jaina community. The attitude of Jainism towards caste is that it is one of the social practices, unconnected with religion, observed by people; and it was none of its business to regulate the working of the caste system” (source).
The legendary account of the origin of these 84 Jain castes (e.g., Brahmata) relate that once a rich Jain invited members of the Jain community in order to establish a vaiśya-mahāsabhā (i.e. Central Association of Traders). In response, 84 representatives came from different places, and they were later seen as the progenitors of these castes. Various sources however mention differences in the list.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Absorption into the Supreme Spirit.
2) Divine nature.
4) The state of a Brāhmaṇa, Brāhmaṇahood.
See also (synonyms): brahmatva.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Brahmatā (ब्रह्मता).—[feminine] [abstract] to brahman [neuter] (i.e. the impersonal divinity).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Brahmatā (ब्रह्मता):—[=brahma-tā] [from brahma > brahman] f. the state or condition of a Brāhman, ‘Brahmanhood’ [Pāṇini 5-1, 136 [Scholiast or Commentator]]
2) [v.s. ...] the state or nature of Brahmă divine nature, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
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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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Starts with: Brahmatala, Brahmatali, Brahmatana, Brahmatandra, Brahmatantra, Brahmatantre gayatripanjaram, Brahmatantregayatripanjara, Brahmatanvi, Brahmatarka, Brahmatarkastava, Brahmatarkastavavivarana, Brahmatas, Brahmatattva, Brahmatattvaprakashika, Brahmatattvaprashnottararatnavali, Brahmatattvasamhitoddipani, Brahmatattvasubodhini, Brahmatattvavivarana, Brahmatatva.
Ends with: Abrahmata.
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Taittiriya Upanishad Bhashya Vartika (by R. Balasubramanian)
Verse 3.35 < [Book 3 - Bhṛguvallī]
Verse 2.338 < [Book 2 - Brahmavallī]
Verse 1.184-186 < [Book 1 - Śīkṣāvallī]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Taittiriya Upanishad (by A. Mahadeva Sastri)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 4 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - Madhva’s interpretation of Brahma-sūtra I. 1. 1 < [Chapter XXVI - Madhva’s Interpretation of the Brahma-sūtras]