Maula: 15 definitions


Maula means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Maula (मौल) is the name of an Āgama or Tantra mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra  verse 1.5-7.—“At a previous time, when Pārvatī asked him, Śaṅkara told of the attainments of vidyā in the wide worldly life, in various ways. I observed each teaching taught also by the troops of Gods, Siddhas (those who have attained supernatural power), Munis (saints), Deśikas (spiritual teachers), and Sādhakas (tantric practicioners). They are [, for example]: Maula... I shall carefully extract all the above-mentioned āgamas, which are transmitted from mouth to mouth, like butter extracted from coagulated milk”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Maula [मौला] in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Spatholobus parviflorus (DC.) Kuntze from the Fabaceae (Pea) family having the following synonyms: Butea parviflora, Spatholobus roxburghii, Butea sericophylla. For the possible medicinal usage of maula, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Maula in India is the name of a plant defined with Spatholobus parviflorus in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Butea parviflora Roxb. (among others).

2) Maula in Tanzania is also identified with Parinari curatellifolia It has the synonym Ferolia mobola (Oliv.) Kuntze (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Journal of Botany, British and Foreign (1916)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1987)
· Niger Flora (1849)
· Adansonia (1869)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1984)
· Histoire des plantes de la Guiane Françoise (1775)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Maula (मौल).—a. (lā, -lī f.) [मूलं वेत्ति मूलादागतो वा अण् (mūlaṃ vetti mūlādāgato vā aṇ)]

1) Radical, original.

2) Ancient, old, of long standing (as a custom); aboriginal, indigenous (as people); सामन्तानामभावे तु मौलानां सीम्नि साक्षिणाम् (sāmantānāmabhāve tu maulānāṃ sīmni sākṣiṇām) Manusmṛti 8.259.

3) Nobly born, of a good family.

4) Brought up in the service of a king for generations, holding office from ancient times, hereditary; मौलाञ्छास्त्रविदः (maulāñchāstravidaḥ) Manusmṛti 7.54; R.19.57; अभावेन च मौलानाम् (abhāvena ca maulānām) Śiva. B.8.56.

5) Monetary; आददीत बलं राजा मौलं मित्रबलं तथा (ādadīta balaṃ rājā maulaṃ mitrabalaṃ tathā) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 15.7.7.

-laḥ An old or hereditary minister; (prakṛtayaḥ) मौलैरानाययामासुर्भरतं स्तम्भि- ताश्रुभिः (maulairānāyayāmāsurbharataṃ stambhi- tāśrubhiḥ) R.12.12;14.1;18.38.

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

Maula (मौल).—adj. (Sanskrit, not quite in this meaning), fundamental, essential: as epithet of dhyāna, Mahāvyutpatti 1486 = Tibetan dṅos gzhi, the thing itself, the real essence (otherwise used for mūla); of Tathāgatas, (nirmitanairmāṇikānāṃ…tathāgatānāṃ) …na maulānāṃ tathāgatānāṃ…maulo hi…tathāga- taḥ…Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 242.7, 8; Suzuki original, which does not hit the mark; read also maula for text mauna (tathāgata) in Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 16.14, see s.v. nirmita-nirmāṇa, where Suzuki (Transl. 16 note 2) gives original for the Chin. translation.

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

Maula (मौल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-lī-laṃ) 1. Radical, proceeding from a root or origin. 2. Of pure blood, descended from a respectable and primitive family without any improper intermixture. E. mūla a root, and aṇ aff.

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

Maula (मौल).—i. e. mūla + a, adj. 1. Proceeding from a root. 2. Of pure blood, [Hitopadeśa] iii. [distich] 17. 3. Descended from those who had lived in a village when it was built, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 259. 4. Born in the same district (of the same root), [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 62. 5. Hereditary, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 54.

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

Maula (मौल).—[adjective] coming from roots, radical, original, native, traditional, hereditary.

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

1) Maula (मौल):—mf(ā)n. ([from] mūla) derived from roots (as poison), [Harṣacarita]

2) handed down from antiquity, ancient (as a custom), [Mahābhārata]

3) holding office from previous generations, hereditary (as a minister or warrior), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

4) aboriginal, indigenous, [Manu-smṛti viii, 62; 259]

5) m. an hereditary minister (holding his office from father and grandfather), [Raghuvaṃśa; Daśakumāra-carita]

6) m. [plural] aboriginal inhabitants who have emigrated, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) m. (with pārthivāḥ) = mūlaprakṛ-tayaḥ, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

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

Maula (मौल):—[(laḥ-lī-laṃ) a.] Radical; of pure blood, or high descent.

[Sanskrit to German]

Maula in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Maulā (मौला):—(nm) the Master; a typical carefree man with no encumbrances whatever; used as the second member in the compound [masta-maulā] meaning-a carefree man recognising no obligations.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Maula (मौल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mukula.

2) Maula (मौल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Mukula.

3) Māula (माउल) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Mātula.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Maula (ಮೌಲ):—

1) [adjective] of times long past; ancient.

2) [adjective] most important; chief; fundamental.

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Maula (ಮೌಲ):—[noun] a man hereditarily holding an office (of a minister, warrior, etc.).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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