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Dhana, aka: Dhāna; 6 Definition(s)

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Dhana (धन).—Wealth, acquired by industry and labour stays long; a windfall should be spent righteously.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 7. 21; Matsya-purāṇa 31. 22.
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Dhana (धन, ‘prize’) is often found in the Rigveda, probably the prize in racing rather than the ‘booty’ in battle. It also denotes the ‘stake’ at dicing. In some passages it possibly means the ‘contest’ itself. More generally it denotes ‘wealth’ or ‘gift’. But it sometimes expresses ‘ booty’, probably from the notion of ‘wealth’ rather than of ‘prize’.

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Dhāna, (adj.-n.) (Sk. dhāna, to dadhāti; cp. dhātu) (adj.) holding, containing (-°) M.I, 11 (ahi kaṇṭaka°; cp. ādhāna & kaṇṭaka).—(n.) nt. a receptacle Dh.58 (saṅkāra° dust-heap=ṭhāna DhA.I, 445). f. dhānī a seat (=ṭhāna), in rāja° “the king’s seat, ” a royal town. Often in comb with gāma & nigama (see gāma 3 a): Vin.III, 89; J.VI, 397; Pv.II, 1318. (Page 340)

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Dhana, (nt.) (Ved. dhana; usually taken to dhā (see dadhāti) as “stake, prize at game, booty, ” cp. pradhāna & Gr. qέma; but more likely in orig. meaning “grain, posses sion of corn, crops etc., ” cp. Lith. dūna bread, Sk. dhānā pl. grains & dhañña=dhana-like, i.e. corn, grain) wealth, usually wealth of money, riches, treasures. 1. Lit. D.I, 73 (sa°); M.II, 180.; A.III, 222; IV, 4 sq.; Nd2 135 (+yasa, issariya etc.) Th.2, 464 (+issariya); J.I, 225 (paṭhavigataṃ karoti: hide in the ground), 262, 289; II, 112; IV, 2; Sn.60, 185, 302; Pv.II, 610; DhA.I, 238. Often in combn aḍḍha mahaddhana mahābhoga to indicate immense wealth (see aḍḍha) PvA.3, 214 etc. (see also below °dhañña).—2. fig. Used in the expression sattavidha-ariya-dhana “the 7 fold noble treasure” of the good qualities or virtues, viz. saddhā, cāga etc. (see enumd under cāga) D.III, 163, 164, 251; VvA.113; ThA.240.

—agga the best treasure (i.e. the ariya-dhana) D.III, 164; —atthika wishing for or desiring wealth Sn.987; —āsā craving for wealth; —kkīta bought for money DhA.II, 3, —thaddha proud of wealth, snobbish Sn.104; —dhañña, usually Dvandva-cpd. “money & money’s worth, ” but as adj. (always in phrase pahūta°) it may be taken as Tatpuruṣa “rich in treasures, ” otherwise “possessing money & money’s worth” cp. pahūtadhanadhaññavā J.I, 3. As n. Pv.I, 1111; III, 104; PvA.60; Miln.2, 280; as adj. freq. “pahūtadhana-dhañña” Vv 6313=Pv.II, 611: PvA.97. Thus in ster. formula of aḍḍha mahaddhana etc. D.III, 163 sq.; S.I, 71; A.II, 86; —parājaya loss of money, as adj. appl. to kali: the dice marking loss in game Sn.659; —lobha “greed of gold” J.IV, 1; —lola=lobha J.II, 212; —viriya wealth & power Sn.422; —hetu for the sake of wealth Sn.122. (Page 335)

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dhana : (nt.) wealth, riches.

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'treasures', a term for the following 7 qualities:

  1. faith,

  2. morality,

  3. moral shame,

  4. moral dread,

  5. learning,

  6. liberality and

  7. wisdom. Cf. A. VII, 5, 6.

See 'Treasures of the Noble', by Soma Thera (BODHI LEAVES B. 27, BPS).

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Treasure(s). The seven qualities of conviction, virtue (see sila), conscience and concern, learning, generosity (see dana), and wisdom.
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