Mahabuddhi, Mahābuddhi: 8 definitions


Mahabuddhi means something in 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

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Mahabuddhi in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि) is one of the ministers of Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 45. Accordingly, as Kaśyapa said to Maya, Sunītha and Sūryaprabha: “... the two Asuras, who used to be called Vikaṭākṣa and Hayagrīva, have been born as his two ministers here, Sthirabuddhi and Mahābuddhi”.

2) Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि) is an incarnation of Saṃyataka, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 118. Accordingly, “... then Saṃyataka was born as the son of the king’s minister, in accordance with the curse, and his father gave him the name of Mahābuddhi....”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mahābuddhi, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mahabuddhi in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि) refers to “highly intelligent” and is used to describe Viśvakarman, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.38 (“Description of the dais or maṇḍapa”).—Accordingly, as Himavat prepared the wedding of Menā and Śiva: “[...] The highly intelligent (mahābuddhi) Viśvakarman built everything very quickly for the propitiation of Śiva from whom he had secured great favours. Similarly he erected Śiva’s mansion of various shapes and of great brilliance. Having the symbol of Śiva it was designated as Śivaloka. It was admired by all the gods. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mahabuddhi in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि) refers to “great intelligence”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] By means of an absorption of six nights, great intelligence (mahābuddhi) arises, as a result of which, [the Yogin acquires] knowledge of everything that is beyond analytical thought. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahabuddhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि).—adj. endowed with much intellect, [Pañcatantra] 4, 22; very sensible (ironically, Chr. 6, 7).

Mahābuddhi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and buddhi (बुद्धि).

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

Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि).—[adjective] of great understanding, very wise or clever.

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

1) Mahābuddhi (महाबुद्धि):—[=mahā-buddhi] [from mahā > mah] f. the intellect, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. having gr° understanding, extremely clever, [Rāmāyaṇa; Pañcatantra] (-buddhe [wrong reading] for -yuddhe, [Mahābhārata])

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of an Asura, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [v.s. ...] of a man, [ib.]

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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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