Masacita, Māsācita: 1 definition


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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Māsācita, (māsa1+ācita) filled by the (say 6 or more) month(s), i.e. heavy (alluding to the womb in advanced pregnancy), heaped full M. I, 332 (kucchi garu-garu viya māsācitaṃ maññe ti; Neumann translates “wie ein Sack voll Bohnen, ” thus taking m. =māsa2, and ācita as “heap” which however is not justified). This passage has given rise to a gloss at Vbh. 386, where māsācitaṃ maññe was added to kāyo garuko akammañño, in meaning “heavy, languid. ” The other enumerations of the 8 kusīta-vatthūni (A. IV, 332; D. III, 255) do not give m. m. It may be that the resemblance between akam‹-› mañño and maññe has played a part in reminding the Commentator of this phrase. The fact that Bdhgh comments on this passage in the VbhA. (p. 510) shows, that the reading of Vbh. 386 is a very old one. Bdhgh takes māsa in the sense of māsa2 & explains māsācita as “wet bean” (tinta māso), thus omitting explanation of ācita. The passage at VbhA. 510 runs: “ettha pana māsācitaṃ nāma tintamāso, yathā tintamāso garuko hoti, evaṃ garuko ti adhippāyo. ” (Page 531)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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