Mahadbhaya: 5 definitions
Mahadbhaya 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra
Mahadbhaya (महद्भय) refers to “great fear”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.10cd-13]—“The leader [Śiva] of these [mantras] is eternal, restraining, untroubled, unexpanding, without appearance, and causes protection. He does all, he protects the trembling minds [of those who are afraid of saṃsāra]. He leads. From [Śiva’s] leading, [the practitioner] shall attain liberation from great fear (mahadbhaya—tārayen mahato bhayāt). Thus, [the mantra] is called “netra”, because [it] protects. [...]”.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Mahadbhaya (महद्भय).—[neuter] great danger or distress.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Mahadbhaya (महद्भय):—[=mahad-bhaya] [from mahad > mah] n. a great danger or emergency, [Mahābhārata]
2) [v.s. ...] fear of great people, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]
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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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Katha Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary (by S. Sitarama Sastri)
Katha Upanishad (by Swami Nirvikarananda)
Serpent Power (Kundalini-shakti), Introduction (by Arthur Avalon)