Mejjha: 3 definitions



Mejjha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A king and his country. The sixteen thousand brahmins who had enjoyed the patronage of Mandavya (q.v.), after they had lost caste through having eaten the leavings of Matanga, went to live in Meghiyarattha, and Matanga himself proceeded thither that he might humble their pride. The brahmins saw him and reported to the king that Matanga was a juggler and a mountebank. The king, therefore, sent messengers to seize him. They found him sitting on a bench eating, and, approaching him from behind, struck him dead with their swords. The gods were enraged, and pouring down hot ashes on the kingdom utterly destroyed it (J.iv.388f; MA.ii.613ff). The country became a wilderness known as Mejjharanna (E.g., M.i.378; J.v.114, 267; Mil.130).

The scene of the Vighasa Jataka is said to have been in Mejjharanna (J.iii.310). The wilderness was also known as Matangaranna, being connected with Matanga. MA.ii.615.

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mejjha : (adj.) pure.

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

Mejjha, (adj. -nt.) (*medhya; fr. medha) 1. (adj.) (to medha1) fit for sacrifice, pure; neg. a° impure Sdhp. 363. 2. (nt.) (to medha2 & medhāvin) in dum° foolishness Pug. 21=Dhs. 390 (explained at DhsA. 254 by “yaṃ ... citta-santānaṃ mejjhaṃ bhaveyya suci-vodānaṃ taṃ duṭṭhaṃ mejjhaṃ iminā ti dummejjhaṃ”). (Page 540)

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context information

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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