Mahabrahma, Maha-brahma, Mahābrahmā, Mahābrahma: 5 definitions

Introduction

Mahabrahma 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

See Brahmaloka.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म) is one of the three great leaders among the gods according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “Mahābrahma is the leader of the Brahmaloka”.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म).—n. the Supreme Spirit.

Derivable forms: mahābrahmam (महाब्रह्मम्).

Mahābrahma is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and brahma (ब्रह्म). See also (synonyms): mahābrahman.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म).—(n) , (= Pali id., in both senses, see Childers) (1) m. sg., great Brahmā (the god), guards the Bodhisattva upon his conception and praises him: Mahāvastu i.208.14 = ii.11.2; i.209.11 = ii.13.4; (2) m. pl., one (usually the 4th) of the classes of rūpāvacara gods of the first dhyānabhūmi, usually with deva, q.v.: Lalitavistara 150.5 (a-stem); Mahāvastu ii.360.14 (id.); Divyāvadāna 367.11 (id.); the rest n-stem forms, Mahāvyutpatti 3088; Divyāvadāna 68.14; 568.26; Dharmasaṃgraha 128; Avadāna-śataka i.5.2 (text °maṇaḥ, acc. pl.; ms. °māṇaḥ; prose), etc.

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

1) Mahābrahma (महाब्रह्म):—[=mahā-brahma] [from mahā > mah] m. the great Brahman, the Supreme Spirit, [Buddhist literature]

2) [v.s. ...] [plural] (with Buddhists) one of the 18 classes of gods of the world of form, [Dharmasaṃgraha 128] (cf. [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 210 etc.])

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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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