Idam, aka: Idaṃ; 2 Definition(s)


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Pali-English dictionary

idaṃ : ((Nom. and Acc. sing. of ima) nt.) this thing.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Idam (इदम्).—pron. a. [ayam m., iyam f., idam n.]

1) This, here, referring to something near the speaker; इदमस्तु संनिकृष्टं रूपम् (idamastu saṃnikṛṣṭaṃ rūpam)); इदं तत् (idaṃ tat) ... इति यदुच्यते (iti yaducyate) Ś.5 here is the truth of the saying.

2) Present, seen; the nominative forms are used with verbs in the sense of 'here'; इयमस्मि (iyamasmi) here am I; so इमे स्मः (ime smaḥ); अयमागच्छामि (ayamāgacchāmi) here I come.

3) It often refers to something immediately following, while एतद् (etad) refers to what precedes; अनुकल्पस्त्वयं ज्ञेयः सदा सद्भिरनुष्ठितः (anukalpastvayaṃ jñeyaḥ sadā sadbhiranuṣṭhitaḥ) Ms.3.147 (ayam = vakṣyamāṇaḥ Kull.); श्रुत्त्वै- तदिदमूचुः (śruttvai- tadidamūcuḥ)

4) It occurs connected with यत्, तत्, एतद्, अदस्, किम् (yat, tat, etad, adas, kim) or a personal pronoun, either to point out anything more distinctly and emphatically, or sometimes pleonastically; कोऽयमाचरत्यविनयम् (ko'yamācaratyavinayam) Ś.1.25; सेयम्, सोऽयम् (seyam, so'yam), this here; so इमास्ताः (imāstāḥ); अयमहं भोः (ayamahaṃ bhoḥ) Ś.4 ho, here am I. -ind. Ved.

1) Here, to this place.

2) Now.

3) There.

4) With these words, herewith.

5) In this manner; नैतदौपयिकं राम यदिदं परितप्यसे (naitadaupayikaṃ rāma yadidaṃ paritapyase) Rām.2.53.3.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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