Mayajala, Maya-jala, Māyājala, Māyajāla, Māyājāla: 7 definitions


Mayajala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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»] — Mayajala in Kavya glossary
Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

1) Māyājala (मायाजल) (lit. “artificial water”) refers to a kind of artificial colouring (or paint applied to jewels) and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 10.93.—[...] See notes. The first explanation is the most appropriate.

2) Māyājala (मायाजल) also refers to a layer of gold (“svarṇapuṭikā”) applied to the bottom of jewels according to Jinarāja. The presence of māyājala on jewels is described in the verse as a defect; it seems to have been used as a make-believe.

3) Māyājala (मायाजल) also refers to a kind of lotion for polishing cloths according to Cāṇḍūpaṇḍita and Vidyādhara.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Māyājāla (मायाजाल) refers to the “net of Māyā”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the Goddess Kumārī said to Ṛṣi Vyāsa said: “Vyāsa’s state is nothing (real). O Śaṃkara, (there is nothing) of mine (I can give) you. [...] All this is the net of Māyā [i.e., māyājāla]. Māyā is the cage of Nature. Māyā is the intellect. Māyā is the mind. Māyā is the wish-granting gem. Māyā is (the variety and changes of phenomena and so is) like waves; also, (it is the essential nature of all phenomena and so it is) like the water (from which waves are made). Māyā is the bondage of Karma. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Mayajala or Mayajalatantra refers to the “tantra of the magical net”.—Accordingly, The Guhyagarbhatantra (rGyud gsang-ba’i snyin-po) is the most all-embracing of the eighteen mahayoga-tantras, focusing specifically on the mandala of the forty-two peaceful deities and the fifty-eight wrathful deities. There are three distinct versions of the Guhyagarbhatantra, respectively in 82, 46 and 22 chapters, and it is the last of these that is most widely studied. All of these versions are included within the general cycle of the Tantra of the Magical Net (Mayajala-tantra).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Research on the Madhyama-āgama

Māyājāla (मायाजाल) is included in the Yuganipāta, however, the Māyājāla is not found at all in the Theravāda tradition. The evidence suggests that the Māyājāla was transmitted by only one school, the “Greater Sarvāstivāda”. Skilling reasons that what may be termed the “identity” of a discourse is not defined by its Āgama alone. It can be situated by means of its membership in other textual groupings—in other canons, in other collections—and by its contents and its function.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

māyājāla (मायाजाल).—n (S) pop. māyājāḷa n māyāpāśa m (S) The net of Maya (Illusion personified) as cast over the understanding and senses, producing belief in the universe as material and distinct from Brahma.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Māyājala (मायाजल).—artificial water; स्निग्धत्वमायाजललेपलोपसयत्न- रत्नांशुमृजांशुकाभाम् (snigdhatvamāyājalalepalopasayatna- ratnāṃśumṛjāṃśukābhām) N.1.93.

Derivable forms: māyājalam (मायाजलम्).

Māyājala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms māyā and jala (जल).

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Māyājāla (ಮಾಯಾಜಾಲ):—[noun] = ಮಾಯ - [maya -] 1 & 4.

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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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