Indrajalin, Indrajālin, Indrajālī, Indrajāli, Indrajali: 8 definitions


Indrajalin 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 Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta

Indrajālī (इन्द्रजाली) refers to a “magician”, according to the Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta 2.17.117ff (“The Lord Travels to Vṛndāvana”).—Accordingly, as Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī said: “I know that His name is Caitanya and that He is accompanied by many sentimentalists. His followers dance with Him, and He tours from country to country and village to village. Whoever sees Him accepts Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Since He has some mystic power by which He hypnotizes people, everyone who sees Him becomes illusioned. Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya was a very learned scholar, but I have heard that he also has become a madman due to his association with this Caitanya. This Caitanya is a Sannyāsī in name only. Actually He is a first-class magician (mahā-indrajālī). In any case, His sentimentalism cannot be very much in demand here in Kāśī. [...]”.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Indrajalin in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Indrajālin (इन्द्रजालिन्) is the name of a Bodhisattva, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja said this to the congregation of Bodhisattvas: ‘Sons of good family, may all of you elucidate the gates into the dharma of transcending the path of the works of Māra’ [...] The Bodhisattva Indrajālin said: ‘Since the deeds of the Māra arises from action [of speech], mental activity and movements [of body], the Bodhisattva should be free from the basis of action [of speech], mental activity and movements [of body], which are superficial mental activities. With the thorough practice, the Bodhisattva who is free from action [of speech], mental activity and movements [of body] transcends the sphere of the Māra’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Indrajalin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Indrajālin (इन्द्रजालिन्).—name of a Bodhisattva: Lalitavistara 291.18.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Indrajālin (इन्द्रजालिन्).—[masculine] juggler, prestigiator.

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

1) Indrajālin (इन्द्रजालिन्):—[=indra-jālin] [from indra] m. a juggler, sorcerer, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Bodhi-sattva, [Lalita-vistara]

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Indrajalin in German

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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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