Mayavin, Māyāvī, Māyāvin, Mayavi: 17 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Māyāvī (मायावी).—An asura. Birth. Māyāvī was born to the great architect of the Dānavas, Maya, of his wife Hemā, a nymph. Maya fell in love with Hemā when he once found her dancing in Devaloka and the devas coming to know of it gave her in marriage to Maya. Maya took Hemā to the southern side of the Himālayas and constructing a city there called Hemapura stayed there happily. They got two sons named Māyāvī and Dundubhi. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa). Death. Valorous Māyāvī fought against anybody and everybody. He once challenged Bāli to a fight. But the mighty blows of Bāli were unbearable to him and the defeated Māyāvī ran away from Bāli and hid himself in a big cave. Bāli followed him and when he reached the mouth of the cave he posted his brother Sugrīva there with instructions to shut tight the opening of the cave in case he died in the cave in the fight. He said that if blood flowed from the cave the dead person was Māyāvī and if milk flowed from the cave the dead person was himself. In the cave a great fight ensued in which Māyāvī was killed. But Māyāvī by his powers of magic made the blood that flowed out look like milk for Sugrīva and the latter thinking that it was his brother who was killed shut tight the mouth of the cave and went his way. (Sarga 9, Kiṣkindhā Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and Pūrva Kāṇḍa, Kamba Rāmāyaṇa. (See full article at Story of Māyāvī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Māyāvī (मायावी).—A son of Maya and Rambhā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 28.
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A jackal, for whose story see the Dabbapuppha Jataka. He is identified with Upananda. J.iii.336.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Māyāvin (मायाविन्) refers to “(one who is) not free of deception” (as opposed to Amāyāvin—‘one free of deception’), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]—[...] (5). The Buddha has no non-concentrated mind.—[...] Moreover, the Arhat who still has traces of the disturbing emotions and is capable of regressing has distractions. The Buddha who, in his omniscience, has complete knowledge, has no distractions. He is like a vessel full of water where there is neither sound nor movement. The Buddha is the only person who can be called free of deception (amāyāvin); he is the foremost of the three strong individuals. His mind remains unchanged in suffering as in happiness. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

māyāvī : (adj.) deceitful; hypocritical; a magician.

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

Māyāvin, (adj.) (fr. māyā, cp. Vedic māyāvin) deceitful, hypocritical D. III, 45, 246; Sn. 89, 116, 357; Pug. 19, 23; PvA. 13. See also amāyāvin. (Page 529)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

Māyāvī (मायावी).—a (S) A conjurer or juggler. Applied also, from his wondrous art displayed in the universe, to the Deity. 2 False, hollow, fraudful--speech, conduct, a person.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

Māyāvī (मायावी).—a A conjurer. A hypocrite. False -speech, &c.

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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

Māyāvin (मायाविन्).—a. [māyā-astyarthe vini]

1) Using deceit or tricks, employing stratagems, deceitful, fraudulent; व्रजन्ति ते मूढधियः पराभवं भवन्ति मायाविषु ये न मायिनः (vrajanti te mūḍhadhiyaḥ parābhavaṃ bhavanti māyāviṣu ye na māyinaḥ) Kirātārjunīya 1.3; R.1.45.

2) Skilled in magic.

3) Unreal, illusory. -m.

1) A magician, conjurer.

2) A cat. -n. A gall-nut.

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

Māyāvin (मायाविन्).—m. (-vī) 1. A juggler, a conjurer. 2. A cat. 3. A demon. n. (-vī) A gallnut. E. māyā trick, and vini aff.

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

Māyāvin (मायाविन्).—[adjective] = māyāvant; [masculine] magician, juggler.

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

1) Māyāvin (मायाविन्):—[=māyā-vin] [from māyā > māya] mfn. possessing illusion or magical powers, employing deceit, deluding or deceiving others (vi-tā f.), [Ṛg-veda; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] illusory, creating illusions, [Nīlakaṇṭha]

3) [v.s. ...] m. a magician, conjurer, juggler, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] a cat, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a son of Maya, [Rāmāyaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] n. a gall. nut, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

1) Māyāvin (मायाविन्):—[māyā-vin] (vī) 5. m. A juggler.

2) Mayāvin (मयाविन्):—(vī) 5. m. A cheat.

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Mayavin 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Māyāvī (मायावी):—(a) illusive, delusive; phantasmal; deceitful; hence [māyāvinī] (feminine form).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Māyāvi (ಮಾಯಾವಿ):—

1) [noun] a person who is supposed to use an evil supernatural power over people and their affairs; a wizard; a sorcerer.

2) [noun] an expert magician.

3) [noun] a person who tricks; a cheat; a trickster.

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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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