Kukai, Kugai, Kūkai: 4 definitions


Kukai means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, biology, Tamil. 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.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Flower Ornament Depository: Buddhism

Kūkai 空海 (774–835) is famous for founding the Shingon lineage of Buddhism in Japan, but he also can be noted as having introduced for the first time into Japan the system of primarily Indian astrology compiled by Amoghavajra (705–774) as the Xiuyao jing 宿曜經 (T 1299) between 759 and 764 in China. Kūkai brought back with him a copy of said text in 806.

India history and geography

Source: Wisdom Library: Teachers, Saints and Sages

Kugai refers to one of the Siddhars (Siddhas) and Rishis mentioned by Rangarasa Desiga Swamigal in his Siddhargal Potri Thoguppu. Each name in the list starts with prefix ‘Om’ followed by the Siddhar’s names and ends with refrain ‘Thiruvadigal Potri’. For example for Kugai: ஓம் குகை நமச்சிவாயர் திருவடிகள் போற்றி [ōm kukai namaccivāyar tiruvaṭikaḷ pōṟṟi].—These Siddhas experienced union with the ultimate reality and witnessed a spiritual transformation of their intellectual, mental, vital and ultimately, physical bodies.

Kugai is also known as Kukai, Kugai Namachivayar, Gugai Namasivayar,

[For more information regarding Kugai and other Maha-Siddhas, see the following sources: (1): the Pamphlet ‘Siddhargal Thiruvadi Potri’ issued by the Arulmighu Kalaikkōṭṭuar Sanmarga Sangam, Thanjavur; (2) List of Siddhas Compiled by Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal of the Sri Agathiyar Sri Thava Murugan Gnana Peedam Thirukovil; (3) A list of 203 Sages compiled by Agathiyan production house; (4) The 12th-century Abhidhana-Chintamani lexicon by Hemachandra]

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Kukai in India is the name of a plant defined with Flacourtia indica in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Flacourtia sepiaria Roxb. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Flora Indica (1768)
· Stirp. Nov. (1786)
· An Interpretation of Rumphius’s Herbarium Amboinense (1917)
· Miss. stud. Lago Tana (1951)
· Flora of Tropical Africa (1868)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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