Cira, aka: Cīra, Cīrā; 7 Definition(s)
Cira 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Chira.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A seven year old novice, an arahant who offered to perform a miracle herself, so that the Buddha might be saved the trouble of performing the Twin Miracle. She offered to fetch Sineru, the Cakkavalapabbata and Himava, and to soar over their tops like a wild goose (DhA.iii.211).
She is probably identical with the Bhikkhuni mentioned in the Samyutta Nikaya (i.213) as having won the praise of a Yakkha.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Cira means long.Source: Buddhist Information: A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
cira : (adj.) lasting long. || cīra (nt.), fibre; a strip; a bark dress.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Cīra, (nt.) (Sk. cīra, cp. cīvara) 1. bark, fibre D.I, 167 (kusa°, vāka°, phalaka°); Vin.III, 34; A.I, 295; Pug.55.—a bark dress Vin.I, 305; J.VI, 500 (cp. cīraka).—2. a strip (orig. of bark), in suvaṇṇa°-khacita gold-brocaded VvA.280 (see also next). Cp. ocīraka (under odīraka). (Page 269)
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Cira, (adj.) (Vedic. cira, perhaps to *queịe to rest, cp. Lat. quiēs, civis; Goth. hveila; Ohg. wīlōn; E. while) long (of time), usually in cpds. & as adv. Either ciraṃ (Acc.) for a long time Sn.678, 730, 1029; Dh.248; Kh VII.5; J.II, 110; IV, 3; Pv.II, 333 or cirena (Instr.) after a long time Vin.IV, 86; DhsA.239; or cirāya (Dat.) for long Dh.342. cirassa (Gen.) see cirassaṃ.—cirataraṃ (compar.) for a (comparatively) long time, rather long A.III, 58; Pv.II, 87. cir-â-ciraṃ continually Vin.IV, 261; J.V, 233.—acira not long (ago) lately, newly: °arahattappatta S.I, 196; °pabbajita S.I, 185; °parinibbute Bhagavati shortly after the death of the Bhagavant D.I, 204, etc.; Sn.p. 59.
—kālaṃ (adv.) a long time freq. e.g. PvA.19, 45, 60, 109; —ṭṭhitika perpetual, lasting long A.IV, 339 (opp. pariyāpajjati); Vv 801; Pug.32, 33; Vism.37, 175; DA.I, 3. —dikkhita (not °dakkhita) having long since been initiated S.I, 226=J.V, 138 (=cirapabbajita); —nivāsin dwelling (there) for a long time S.II, 227; —paṭika (cp. Sk. ciraṃ prati) long since, adj. constr. in conformity w. the subject Vin.I, 33; D.II, 270= S.III, 120; —pabbajita having long since become a wanderer A.III, 114; Sn.p. 92; DA.I, 143; —ppavāsin (adj.) long absent Dh.219 (=cirappavuttha DhA.III, 293). —rattaṃ (adv.) for a long time Sn.665, 670; J.IV, 371; and —rattāya id. J.II, 340; Pv.I, 94. (Page 269)
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
cira (चिर).—ad (S ciram्) A long time. In comp. as cirakāla, cirasthāyī, cirabhōjī.
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cirā (चिरा).—m ( H) Virginal purity, maidenhood. 2 A strip of cloth with lines of gold thread, forming a turban. 3 A bed (in a garden or plantation). 4 A hewn and shaped stone for building. Applied also to a shapeless fragment as flying up from an exploded mine, and, sometimes, (as at Ratnagiri &c.) to a rude rock, block, or large mass. 5 Applied as ciṛyācā pāyā. cirā utaraṇēṃ g. of o. To take the maidenhood of; and g. of s. To lose it. cirā ulathaṇēṃ (The stone is overturned.) Used when any corpulent or huge person dies off suddenly.
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cīra (चीर).—f ( H) A crack, slit, rent. v jā. 2 (or rupyācī cīra) A śalākā or long silver pin for applying the stripe of kuṅkūṃ: also the stripe applied. A word of the female vocabulary.
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cīra (चीर).—n (S) Cloth or clothes; esp. under-garments. Ex. jānakī phāḍī cīrapadara || aḷaṅkāra bāndhō- ni satvara &c.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
cira (चिर).—ad A long time.
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cirā (चिरा).—m A strip of cloth. A garden bed. A hewn and shaped stone for build- ing. Virginal purity. cirā utaraṇēṃ Take the maidenhood of.
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cīra (चीर).—f A crack. n Cloth or clothes.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
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Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.1.183-184 < [Chapter 1 - Vairāgya: Renunciation]
Verse 2.2.120 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna: Knowledge]
Verse 1.6.28 < [Chapter 6 - Priyatama: The Most Beloved]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 11.105 < [Section X - Expiation for the violating of the Preceptor’s Bed (gurutalpa)]
Verse 6.6 < [Section III - Details of the Hermit’s Life]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.4.91 < [Part 4 - Transient Ecstatic Disturbances (vyābhicāri-bhāva)]
Verse 2.1.178 < [Part 1 - Ecstatic Excitants (vibhāva)]
Vāsiṣṭha Dharmasūtra (by Vāsiṣṭha)
A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas (by Sujin Boriharnwanaket)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 16 - What is the Fruit of the Pāramīs < [Chapter 7 - On Miscellany]
Part 3 - Buddha’s performance of Miracles (pāṭihāriya) < [Chapter 24 - The Buddha’s Sixth Vassa at Mount Makula]