Cittabala, Citta-bala: 3 definitions


Cittabala means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Chittabala.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Cittabala (चित्तबल) refers to “mental power”, representing one of the various actions of Māra, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 14).—Accordingly, “[...] Finally, rays (raśmi) and miraculous power (ṛddhibala) may be lesser, medium or superior: i) spells and magic can produce luminous effects that are lesser; ii) Devas, Nāgas and Asuras, by virtue of retribution for their actions, have rays and miraculous power that are medium; iii) the one who has entered into samādhi by actual qualities and mental power (cittabala), is able to emit great rays and manifest great miraculous power that are superior. This is why the Buddha enters into the Samādhirājasamādhi”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Cittabala (चित्तबल) refers to the “strength of thought”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Gaganagañja said to Ratnapāṇi: “Son of good family, those sixty-four dharmas are included in one hundred twenty-eight dharmas. What are those one hundred twenty-four? [...] (47) application is included in having faith in the maturation of action and no conflict with actions; (48) the proper way is included in the transcendental way and the way without origination; (49) correct eliminations is included in eliminating bad qualities and and not forgetting good qualities; (50) not giving up effort is included in the strength of body and thought (cittabala); [...]’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cittabala in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ciṭṭabaḷa (ಚಿಟ್ಟಬಳ):—[noun] a measuring vessel that is smaller than the usual baḷḷa (which holds two seers).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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