Divyashrotra, Divyaśrotra, Divya-shrotra: 7 definitions


Divyashrotra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Divyaśrotra can be transliterated into English as Divyasrotra or Divyashrotra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1) Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र) refers to “divine ear” and represents one of the five superknowledges (pañcābhijñā) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. It is a subtle form (rūpaprasāda) derived from the four great material elements which occurs in the ear and which allows all the sounds (śabda) and words of the gods, men and beings in the three unfortunate destinies )the hells, the pretas and animals) to be heard. How is the divyaśrotrābhijñā obtained? It is obtained by practice (bhāvanā), by continually reflecting on all kinds of sounds. Such is the divyaśrotrābhijñā.

2) Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र) or Divyaśrotrajñāna refers to “divine hearing” and represents one of the six “superknowledges” (abhijñā), according to chapter XLIII.—Accordingly, “the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes to become established in the six superknowledges [viz., Divyaśrotra] should practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र) refers to “divine hearing”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Brahmā, the lord of Sahā, dwelling in the heaven of Brahmā, became aware of the presence of the Buddha, heard these words of friendly mantra by the power of the Buddha, namely the sphere of divine hearing (divyaśrotra-dhātu), together with sixty-eight hundred thousand Brahmās, approached to the Lord, prostrated himself at the Lord’s feet, and sat down on a side. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Divyashrotra in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र) refers to the “divine ear” 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 (e.g., pañca-abhijñāu and divyaśrotra). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Divyashrotra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र).—an ear which hears everything.

Derivable forms: divyaśrotram (दिव्यश्रोत्रम्).

Divyaśrotra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms divya and śrotra (श्रोत्र).

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

Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र):—[=divya-śrotra] [from divya > div] n. ‘a d° ear’ (which hears everything), [Buddhist literature]

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Divyashrotra 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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