Mahasukha, Mahāsukha, Maha-sukha: 10 definitions


Mahasukha 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Mahāsukha (महासुख) refers to “great happiness”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.18 (“Description of the perturbation caused by Kāma”).—Accordingly, as Śiva described Pārvatī: “[...] Whatever is graceful and sweet in the creation has been incorporated here. Indeed, all her limbs are exquisite in every respect. How blessed is this Pārvatī of mysteriously wonderful features. There is no other woman equal to her in beauty in the three worlds. She is a storehouse of the finest beauty. She has wondrous beautiful limbs. She is an enchantress of even sages. She increases great happiness [i.e., mahāsukha-vivardhinī]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mahāsukha (महासुख).—A Vānara chief.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 233.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: eScholarship: Buddhajñānāpāda's Vision of a Tantric Buddhist World

Mahāsukha (महासुख) refers to one of the Saptāṅga (“seven aṅgas of mahāmudrā”), according to Vāgīśvavarakīrti’s Saptāṅga and Tattvaratnāvaloka (and its auto-commentary).—(Cf. the seven yogas mentioned by Buddhajñānapāda in the Muktitilaka).—The same seven factors are addressed in Vāgīśvavarakīrti’s later Saptāṅga and his Tattvaratnāvaloka and its auto-commentary, where they are called the seven aṅgas of mahāmudrā, with reference to which see Isaacson (2010b, 271, 271n27) and, with a bit more detail, Isaacson and Sferra (2014, 271), where they are mentioned with reference to a citation from the Saptāṅga in Rāmapāla’s Sekanirdeśapañjikā.

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Mahāsukha (महासुख) refers to “great bliss”, according to the Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—[For Cakrasaṃvara]—The kapāla, "skull bowl", symbolizes śūnyatā, and is filled with blood symbolizing the nectar (amṛita) of great bliss (mahāsukha).—[For Vajravārāhī and Vajrayoginī]—Holding the kapāla, "skull bowl", while also embracing her hero, symbolizes conferring mahāsukha, "great bliss".

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mahāsukha (महासुख).—

1) great pleasure.

2) copulation.

-khaḥ a Buddha.

Derivable forms: mahāsukham (महासुखम्).

Mahāsukha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and sukha (सुख).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mahāsukha (महासुख).—m.

(-khaḥ) A Baudd'ha or Jaina saint. n.

(-khaṃ) Copulation. E. mahā great, and sukha happiness, pleasure.

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

1) Mahāsukha (महासुख):—[=mahā-sukha] [from mahā > mah] m. ‘having gr° joy’, a Buddha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] n. ‘gr° pleasure’, copulation, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Mahāsukha (महासुख):—[mahā-sukha] (khaḥ) 1. m. A Buddha or Jaina sage. n. Copulation.

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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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