Hasu, Hāsu: 1 definition



Hasu means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Hāsu°, (of uncertain origin) occurs with hāsa° in combination with °pañña and is customarily taken in meaning “of bright knowledge” (i.e. hāsa+paññā), wise, clever. The syn. javana-pañña points to a meaning like “quickwitted, ” thus implying “quick” also in hāsu. Kern, Toev. I.134 puts forth the ingenious explanation that hāsu is a “cockneyism” for āsu=Sk. āśu “quick, ” which does not otherwise occur in Pāli. Thus his explanation remains problematic.—See e.g. M.III, 25; S.I, 63; V, 376; J.IV, 136; VI, 255, 329.—Abstr. °tā wisdom S.V, 412; A.I, 45. (Page 731)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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