Hemajala, Hemajāla: 3 definitions



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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

hemajāla : (nt.) a golden netting.

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

Hemajāla refers to: golden netting (as cover of chariots etc.) A.IV, 393; Vv 351, 362 (°ka).

Note: hemajāla is a Pali compound consisting of the words hema and jāla.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Hemajāla (हेमजाल).—(not noted as [compound] in Sanskrit; Pali id., de-fined as covering for gift-elephants, gift-chariots, a heavenly mansion or vimāna and the body of a possessor of one; AMg. °jālaga, a kind of ornament, [Ardha-Māgadhī Dictionary]), lit. gold-net, but seems to have acquired a special meaning, which is not clear: in Mahāvastu i.171.8 (verse) one of the 60 qualities of a Buddha's voice is that it is hemajāla-tulya-ravā, sounding like a…; in Mahāvastu i.195.5 the railing-networks (vedikā-jāla, see vedikā) of Dīpavatī, and in 196.4 each of its city gates, are covered with two hemajāla, one of gold and the other of silver! (195.5) dvihi hemajālehi praticchannā abhūṣi suvarṇa- mayena ca °lena rūpyamayena ca; the next sentence, both times, says that the golden hemajāla had bells of silver, the silver one bells of gold; Senart supposes that hema- has come to mean precious substance in general, but I know of nothing else to support this; on the other hand, in Mahāvastu ii.453.17 the lit. meaning may well apply, elephants being described as hemajāla-praticchanna (misprinted hemalāla° in text), as in Pali Aṅguttaranikāya (Pali) iv. 393.21 (°saṃchanna).

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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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