Hariti, Harītī: 4 definitions



Hariti 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Hārīti (हारीति) is the name of a deity summoned by the Yamāntaka-mantra and mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Hārīti).

2) Hārītī (हारीती) is also the name of a Yakṣiṇī mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Harītī (हरीती).—[, name of a piśācī: Mahā-Māyūrī 238.19; probably misprint or error for Hārītī.]

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Hāritī (हारिती).—(-putra), see Hārītī.

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Hārītī (हारीती).—name of a deity (referred to as a yakṣiṇī, rākṣasī, or bhūta-mātar): Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 400.7 (Burnouf °ti; a rākṣasī); Mahā-Māyūrī 241.12 (rākṣasī); Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 1.8; 85.4 (associated with yakṣas); 3.12 (bhūtamātā); 162.16 (id.); as yakṣiṇī (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 608.16; mahāyakṣiṇī (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 44.1; Sādhanamālā 103.9 etc.; in Lalitavistara 202.10 yakṣas are called Hārītī-putra (so read, text Hāritī°, best ms. cited as Harītī°).

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

1) Hāritī (हारिती):—[from hārita > hari] f. a [patronymic] (-putra m. a son of Harītī), [Lalita-vistara]

2) Hārītī (हारीती):—[from hārīta > hari] f. Name of a deity (-putra m. Name of a family, [Indische Studien by A. Weber])

3) Hārīti (हारीति):—[from hari] m. [plural] [patronymic] [from] hārīta, [Pravara texts]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Hārīti (हारीति):—m. patron. von hārīta; pl. [Pravarādhyāya] in [Weber’s Verzeichniss 57, 36.]

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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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