Divyacakshus, aka: Divyacakṣus, Divya-cakshus; 2 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Divyacakṣus can be transliterated into English as Divyacaksus or Divyacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Divyachakshus.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
1) Divyacakṣus (दिव्यचक्षुस्) refers to “divine eye” and represents one of the five superknowledges (pañcābhijñā) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. A pure form (rūpaprasāda) derived from the four great elements that occurs in the eye is called divyacakṣus. It is able to see beings (sattva) and substances (dravya) that occur in the six destinies (ṣaḍgati) of its own level and of lower levels. The divine eye is never incapable of distinguishing between a nearby and a distant form (rūpa), between a coarse (sthūla) and a subtle (sūkṣma) form.
There are two kinds of divyacakṣus,
- the one that comes from retribution (vipākalabdha)
- and the one that comes from practice (bhāvanālabdha).
2) Divyacakṣus (दिव्यचक्षुस्) refers to the “divine eye” and represents one of the five visual powers (cakṣus) attributed to the Buddha according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). It is the divine eye (divyacakṣus) that considers the universe (lokadhātu) and beings (sattva) without encountering any obstacles (anāvaraṇam). It is not the same for the other eyes. The wisdom-eye, the Dharma-eye and the buddha-eye, although superior [to the divine eye] are not meant to see beings. If one wishes to see beings, there are only two eyes one can use, the fleshly eye (māṃsacakṣus) and the divine eye (divyacakṣus) but since the fleshly eye’s range is insufficient and encounters obstacles, the Buddha uses the divine eye (divyacakṣus) [to contemplate the universe].
The range of the divine eye (divyacakṣus) is not obstructed by mountains (parvata), walls (kuḍya) or forests (vana). The zealous person (vīryavat), disciplined (śīlavat) and concentrated (dhyāyin), obtains it by the power of practice; it is not an inborn gift. This is why it is called divyacakaṣus.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Divyacakṣus (दिव्यचक्षुस्) refers to the “divine eye” and represents one of the “five deep knowledges” (pañcābhijñā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 20). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pañca-abhijñāu and divyacakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
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