Cakshus, aka: Cakṣus; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Cakṣus can be transliterated into English as Caksus or Cakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chakshus.

In Hinduism


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Cakṣus (चक्षुस्).—One of the four rivers originating from the “river of the sky”, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 82. This ‘river of the sky’ starts at the ‘ocean of the sky’ and, being agitated by the elephant of Indra, falls at the top of mount Meru, where at the bottom it forms into these four rivers. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्).—A synonym of the Sun. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 1, Verse 42).

2) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्).—A tributary of river Gaṅgā. Starting from Viṣṇupāda (Svarga) the Gaṅgā falls into Devayāna and thence into the moon and after flooding the whole area it divides itself into four tributaries, viz., Sītā, Cakṣus, Alakanandā and Bhadrā and falls into Brahmaloka and flows in four directions. Of the four tributaries the river called Cakṣus falls on the peak of Mount Mālyavān and then flows through Ketumāla and falls into the western sea. The Gaṅgā which flows through India is a branch of the above-mentioned tributary, Alakanandā. (Devī Bhāgavata, Aṣṭama Skandha).

3) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्).—A king born in the lunar dynasty. He was the son of King Anudruhyu. (Bhāgavata, Navama Skandha).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Cakṣus (चक्षुस्, ‘eye’),—The ‘evil eye’ (ghoraṃ cakṣus) was well known in the Atharvaveda, which contains spells to counteract its influence. As remedies against it are mentioned salve from Mount Trikakubh and the Jaṅgiḍa plant. In the wedding ceremony the wife is entreated not to have the evil eye (aghora-cakṣus). The structure of the eye, and its division into white (śukla), dark (kṛṣṇa), and the pupil (kanīnakā) are repeatedly referred to in the later Brāhmaṇas. The disease Alaji appears to have been an affection of the eyes.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्, “visual power”).—the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV) attributes five cakṣus or visual powers to the Buddha.

These are:

  1. the fleshly eye (māṃsacakṣus),
  2. the divine eye (divyacakṣus),
  3. the wisdom-eye (prajñācakṣus),
  4. the Dharma-eye (dharmacakṣus),
  5. the buddha-eye (buddhacakṣus).

The same list occurs in Mahāvastu, I, p. 158, and Dharmasaṃgraha, chap. LXVI.

The wisdom-eye (prajñācakṣus) knows the true nature (satyalakṣaṇa) of the dharmas; the Dharma-eye (dharmacakṣus) sees a given person and discovers by what skillful means (upāya) and by what teaching (dharma) that person will find the Path; the buddha-eye (buddhacakṣus) is the direct insight (pratyakṣāvagama) into all dharmas.

2) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्, “visual power”) refers to the “two eyes”, from which the Buddha emitted numerous rays when he smiled with his whole body after contemplating the entire universe, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, having himself arranged the lion-seat, the Bhagavat sat down cross-legged; holding his body upright and fixing his attention, he entered into the samādhirājasamādhi. Then, having tranquilly come out of this samādhi and having contemplated the entire universe with his divine eye (divyacakṣus), the Bhagavat smiled with his whole body. Wheels with a thousand spokes imprinted on the soles of his feet (pādatala) shoot out six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays. In the same way, beams of six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays are emitted from his two eyes (cakṣus).

3) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्, “sight”) refers to the one of the twenty-two faculties (indriya), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. The word indriya, derived from the root id or ind, is synonymous with great power, with control. The twenty-two Dharmas in question [viz., cakṣus] have the characteristic of being dominant in regard to the living being (sattva) in that which concerns: his primary constitution, his distinctiveness, his duration, his moral defilement and his purification.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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)

1) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्, “eye”) or cakṣurāyatana refers to one of the “twelve sense spheres” (āyatana) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 24). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Cakṣus (“eye”) also represents one of the “eighteen elements” (dhātu) as well as one of the “eleven form components” (rūpaskandha).

2) Cakṣus (चक्षुस्) or Pañcacakṣus refers to the “five eyes” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65):

  1. māṃsa-cakṣus (the fleshly eye),
  2. dharma-cakṣus (the dharma eye),
  3. prajñā-cakṣus (the wisdom eye),
  4. divya-cakṣus (the divine eye),
  5. buddha-cakṣus (and the Buddha eye).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Cakṣus (चक्षुस्).—a. [cakṣ karaṇe usi Uṇ.2.118] Seeing. -n.

1) The eye; दृश्यं तमसि न पश्यति दीपेन विना सचक्षुरपि (dṛśyaṃ tamasi na paśyati dīpena vinā sacakṣurapi) M.1.9; कृष्णसारे ददच्चक्षुः (kṛṣṇasāre dadaccakṣuḥ) Ś.1.6; cf. words like घ्राणचक्षुस्, ज्ञानचक्षुस्, नयचक्षुस्, चारचक्षुस् (ghrāṇacakṣus, jñānacakṣus, nayacakṣus, cāracakṣus) &c.

2) Sight, look, vision, the faculty of sight; चक्षुरायुश्चैव प्रहीयते (cakṣurāyuścaiva prahīyate) Ms.4.41,42.

3) Light, clearness.

4) Lustre, splendour.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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