Khapushpa, Khapuṣpa, Kha-pushpa: 11 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Khapuṣpa can be transliterated into English as Khapuspa or Khapushpa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Khapushpa in Vedanta glossary
Source: Google Books: Studies on the Moksopaya

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प) refers to a “flower in space”, according to the 10th century Mokṣopāya or Mokṣopāyaśāstra 6.182.13-17.—Accordingly, “With regard to each of [the three:] perceiver (draṣṭṛ), perception (darśana) and perceived objects (dṛśya), the state of mere knowledge is the essence; therefore there is not in the least a difference from it (i.e. knowledge), like a flower in space [i.e., khapuṣpakhapuṣpavat] (is not different from space). (13) What is of the same kind becomes one. Therefore mutual perception [of things] determines their unity. (14) If wood, stones and other [material objects] did not have knowledge as their nature, then there would be a permanent nonperception of these, which would even be nonexistent. (15) When the whole beauty of perceptible objects has but one form of mere knowledge, then, whether it is different or identical, it becomes known through knowledge. (16) This whole [group of] perceptible objects in the world has expanded [as] mere knowledge, just as wind is mere movement and the ocean mere water. (17)”.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Khapushpa in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प) (cf. Ākāśapuṣpa, Ākāśaśakuni) refers to one of the various types of upamāna (comparisons) in order to explain dharmanairātmya (“non-self of dharmas”). Cf. the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XI).  According to Hiuan tsang’s translation (T 220, vol. VII, p. 1b22), they are:—1) māyā, 2) marīci, 3) svapna, 4) dakacandra, 5) pratiśrutkā, 6) khapuṣpa (sky flower), 7) pratibimba, 8) chāyā, 9) nirmāṇa, 10) gandharvanagara.

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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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In Jainism

Jain philosophy

Source: Anekanta Jaya Pataka of Haribhadra Suri

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प) refers to a “sky-flower” (i.e. used as a demonstration of an impossibility), as occurring in the Anekāntajayapatākā-prakaraṇa, a Śvetāmbara Jain philosophical work written by Haribhadra Sūri.—[Cf. Vol. I, P. 70, l 15]—‘Khapuṣpa’ means a sky-flower. This word occurs in Vol. II, p. 198, l. 5. ‘Khakusuma’, a synonym of ‘khapuṣpa’ occurs on p. 346, l. 3 and its another synonym ‘ākāśakusuma’ on p. 323, l. 8 and in Vol. II, on p, 216, l. 22. ‘Ambarāravinda’, sky-lotus, is met with in Vol. II, p. 7, 1, 17 and its synonym ‘vyomāravinda’ on p. 81, l. 30, ‘puṣkarapuṣkara’ and ‘ākāśapadma’ in Vol II, p 214, l. 5, & l. 16 resp., and, ‘gaganāravinda’, Vol II on p 87, l. 80.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khapushpa in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

khapuṣpa (खपुष्प).—n (S A flower in the sky or heavens.) A term used to express an impossibility or a non-entity. Other terms of this import are sikatātaila or vāḷūcēṃ tēla, mṛgajala or mṛgatṛṣṇā, mṛgajalasnāna, kūrmalōma, kūrmadugdha, vandhyāputra, andhavilōkana, badhiratrāsa, mathanasārācēṃ bīja, mūkagāyana, kāpurācī rākha, kāḷōkha divasāsa vāḷata ghātalēlā.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

khapuṣpa (खपुष्प).—n An impossibility; nonentity.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khapushpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प).—'sky-flower', used figuratively to denote anything impossible, an impossibility; cf. the four impossibilities stated in this verse :-मृगतृष्णाम्भसि स्नातः शशशृङ्गधनुर्धरः । एष वन्ध्यासुतो याति खपुष्पकृतशेखरः (mṛgatṛṣṇāmbhasi snātaḥ śaśaśṛṅgadhanurdharaḥ | eṣa vandhyāsuto yāti khapuṣpakṛtaśekharaḥ) Subhāṣ.

Derivable forms: khapuṣpam (खपुष्पम्).

Khapuṣpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kha and puṣpa (पुष्प).

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

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प).—n. a sky-flower, a nonentity.

Khapuṣpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kha and puṣpa (पुष्प).

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

Khapuṣpa (खपुष्प):—[=kha-puṣpa] [from kha] n. ‘sky-flower’ = -citra, [Harṣacarita v, 238]

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Khapushpa 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khapushpa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Khapuṣpa (ಖಪುಷ್ಪ):—[noun] (fig.) that which is impossible to obtain; that which cannot happen.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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