Divyashrotra, aka: Divyaśrotra, Divya-shrotra; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

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)

Divyaśrotra (दिव्यश्रोत्र)  refers to “divine ear” and represents one of the five superknowledges (pañcābhijñā) according to the 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.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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context information

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)

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 (eg., pañca-abhijñāu and divyaśrotra). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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