Dehin, Dehī, Dehi: 23 definitions


Dehin means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dehin (देहिन्) refers to “embodied beings”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “[...] O Yogin, what have I to do with an argument with you? Scholars say that without perception inference has no authority at all. As long as the embodied beings [i.e., dehin] remain the objects of the sense-organs, everything is Prākṛta. Wise men consider it so. O lord of ascetics, a long-winded talk is of no avail. Listen to my emphatic statement. I am Prakṛti and you are Puruṣa. This is the truth. There is no doubt about it. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dehī (देही).—An Amitābha God.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 17.
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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)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Dehī (देही) in two passages of the Ṛgveda refers to defences thrown up against an enemy, apparently earthworks or dikes. Cf. Pur.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dehin (देहिन्) refers to “corporeal beings”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).—Accordingly, “There are two kinds of torments (alpābādatā), those having an external cause and those having an internal cause. The external torments are cold (śīta), heat (uṣṇa), hunger (kṣudh), thirst (pipāsā), armies (caturaṅgabala), swords (asi), knives (śastra), clubs (daṇḍa), catastrophes (patana), ruins (avamardana); all these external accidents of this kind are called torments (ādādha). The inner torments are the 404 illnesses (vyādhi) that come from improper food or irregular sleep; all the sicknesses of this kind are called inner sicknesses. Corporeal beings (dehin) all have to suffer from these two kinds of illnesses. This is why Ratnakāra asks Śākyamuni if he has but little torments and suffering”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dehin (देहिन्) refers to “living beings”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] At that time, sixty koṭis of Bodhisattvas, having stood up from the congregation, joined their palms, paid homage to the Lord, and then uttered these verses in one voice: ‘[...] (221) Even though we are very far away, we will go to quench the desire for the dharma. Having obtained pleasure and joy of the dharma, we will work for the benefit of living beings (dehin). (222) Despite seeing numerous errors of living beings directly, we will investigate ourselves, abiding in the gentleness of the dharma. [...]’”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Dehin (देहिन्) refers to “embodied”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “In praise (of) Śrī Vajrasattva, highest universal guru, origin of all Buddhas, By various forms, removing darkness and fear, fixed resting on Meru. Dharma sustainer, chief sage, most fortunate victor, Vajradhātu mandala, In one form with all bliss, innate bliss, embodied, the cause for liberation (dehināṃ mokṣa hetum)”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Dehin (देहिन्) refers to “embodied souls”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “[...] By whichever posture they may make the mind steady, that same pleasant posture ought to be done by mendicants. Abandonment of the body and sitting cross-legged are said by some [to be] better for embodied souls (dehin) now because of lack of strength due to the degeneracy of the times”.

Synonyms: Prāṇin, Aṅgin.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dehī : (m.) that which has a body; a creature.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Dehin, (adj.-n.) that which has a body, a creature Sdhp.12, 16. (Page 331)

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēhī (देही).—a (S) Relating to the body, corporeal. 2 Occupying a body, embodied, incarnate.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

dēhī (देही).—a Corporeal; incarnate. n A man.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dehin (देहिन्).—a. (- f.) [देह-इनि (deha-ini)] Incarnate, embodied. -m.

1) A living being, especially a man; त्वदधीनं खलु देहिनां सुखम् (tvadadhīnaṃ khalu dehināṃ sukham) Kumārasambhava 4.1; Śiśupālavadha 2.46; Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.13;17.2; Ms. 1.3;5.49.

2) The soul, spirit (enshrined in the body); तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णान्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही (tathā śarīrāṇi vihāya jīrṇānyanyāni saṃyāti navāni dehī) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.22; 5.13;14.5.

-nī The earth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dehin (देहिन्).—mfn. (-hī-hinī-hi) 1. Corporeal, embodied, having body. 2. Living, a living being. m. (-hī) The spirit. E. deha, and ini aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dehin (देहिन्).—i. e. deha + in, I. adj. subst. Embodied, a creature having a body, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 30. Ii. m. 1. A man, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 18. 2. The soul, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 2, 22.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dehin (देहिन्).—[adjective] = dehavant; [masculine] man or soul.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dehī (देही):—[from deha] f. mound, bank, rampart, surrounding wall, [Ṛg-veda]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Dehin (देहिन्):—[from deha] mfn. having a body, corporeal

2) [v.s. ...] m. a living creature, man, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] the spirit, soul (enveloped in the b°), [Upaniṣad; Bhagavad-gītā; Suśruta; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dehin (देहिन्):—[(hī-hinī-hi) a.] Corporeal, living. m. The spirit.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dehin (देहिन्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dehi.

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Dehin in German

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Dehi (देहि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Dehin.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dēhi (ದೇಹಿ):—

1) [noun] that which has a body (as a human being or any other animal).

2) [noun] the spiritual entity inherent in a body; the soul.

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Dēhi (ದೇಹಿ):—

1) [noun] an indeclinable used in begging alms.

2) [noun] a person begging earnestly or in a servile manner;3) [noun] ದೇಹಿ ಎನ್ನು [dehi ennu] dēhi ennu to beg earnestly or in a servile manner.

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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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