Kelayati, Keḷāyati: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Keḷāyati can be transliterated into English as Kelayati or Keliayati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Pali-English dictionary

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

Keḷāyati, (denom. fr. kīḷ in meaning “to amuse oneself with, ” i.e. take a pride in. Always combined with mamāyati. BSk. same meaning (to be fond of): śālikṣetrāṇi k. gopāyati Divy 631. Morris. J. P. T. S. 1893, 16 puts it (wrongly?) to kel to quiver: see also keḷanā) to adorn oneself with (Acc.), to fondle, treasure, take pride in (Gen.) M. I, 260 (allīyati kelāyati dhanāyati mamāyati, where dhanāyati is to be read as vanāyati as shown by v. l. S. III, 190 & M. I, 552); S. III, 190 (id.); Miln. 73.—pp. keḷāyita. (Page 226)

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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

Kelāyati (केलायति).—(or, once, kelay°; = Pali keḷāyati, not well defined [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary]; probably not connected with Sanskrit keli, but origin obscure), (1) cleans up, puts in order: so perhaps gdve. kelāyitavyam Mahāvyutpatti 2591 (Japanese to be cleaned; this seems to be the meaning of one Tibetan rendering, bstsal ba; occurs in list of words headed nisṛjā-paryāyāḥ, synonyms for nisṛjā, q.v.); note that Prakrit kelāiya is said to mean [Page192-b+ 71] cleaned ([Paia-sadda-mahaṇṇavo]); also (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 52.14 su-parāmṛṣṭaṃ su-ke- lāyitaṃ su-śobhitaṃ pṛthivīpradeśaṃ kṛtvā gomayena leptavyaḥ; (2) tends, keeps up, looks after (fields): Divyāvadāna 631.5 anye sattvā(ḥ) śālikṣetrāṇi kelāyanti gopāyanti vāpayanti vā; (3) tends, cares for (persons): Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 253.13 (te putrās tāṃ mātaraṃ…) su-kelāyitāṃ kelāyeyuḥ; Lalitavistara 100.9 (kā…samarthā) bodhisattvaṃ gopāyituṃ kelayituṃ (only occurrence of kela-; no v.l.) mamāyituṃ; Mahāvastu iii. 154.13 (mānuṣikāye) ca naṃ kelāyanāya kelāyantī, so Senart, taking kel° as ‘passive in sense’, (the girl) being tended (by the ṛṣi) with human care; but mss. kelāyanti, possibly for kelāyan ti (= iti), since he (the ṛṣi) was caring for her etc. (?); the mss. are corrupt in what follows, and the precise sense of the passage is doubtful; (4) cares for, cultivates, devotes oneself to (states of existence): Daśabhūmikasūtra 39.22 kelāyitāni mamāyitāni dhanāyitāni niketasthānāni (see s.v. niketa), tāni sarvāṇi vigatāni bhavanti sma; (5) attends to, prepares (by cooking): (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 81.26 mṛdvag- ninā pacet, su-kelāyitāṃ sukhoṣṇaṃ saindhava-cūrṇa- pūtāṃ kṛtvā…; (?) (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 708.28 śastram aṣṭaśatajaptaṃ kṛtvā chinditaḥ kailapayitvā (! read kelāpayitvā? ger. of caus., having caused to be cooked? object pāyasaṃ, line 26) hanet.

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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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