Nela, Neḷa: 3 definitions


Nela means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Neḷa can be transliterated into English as Nela or Nelia, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Pali-English dictionary

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

Neḷa, (& Nela) (adj.) (na+eḷa=Sk. anenas, of enas fault, sin. The other negated form, also in meaning “pure, clean, ” is aneḷa (& aneḷaka), q. v. On ḷ: n. cp. lāṅgala; naṅgala; tulā: tūṇa etc. ) 1. without fault or sin, blameless, faultless; not hurting, humane, gentle, merciful, innocuous D. I, 4 (Bdhgh explains: elaṃ vuccati doso; n’assā (i.e. vācāya) elan ti nelā; niddosā ti attho. “Nelaṅgo setapacchādo” ti ettha vuttanelaṃ viya; DA. I, 75); A. II, 209; V, 205; J. V, 156; Vv 5018, 636 (=niddosa VvA. 262); Pug. 29, 57; Dhs. 1343 (vācā)=niddosa DhsA. 397.—2. (somewhat doubtful) “clean, ” with ref. to big cats (mahā-biḷārā nelamaṇḍalaṃ vuccati), whereas young ones are called “elephants, cubs” (something like “pigs”) (taruṇā bhiṅka-cchāpamaṇḍalaṃ) J. V, 418.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Nela (नेल) or Aneḍa or Anela.—adj. (= Pali aneḷa, °la, nela, see Critical Pali Dictionary s.v. anela-gala, of speech or voice; presumed to represent Sanskrit an-enas; compare aneḍaka, anel°), pure, perhaps perfect; according to Tibetan on Mahāvyutpatti 454 mi tsugs pa, not injurious; recorded only in application to sounds, and chiefly to the Buddha's voice: Lalitavistara 286.9—10, read: aneḍā kalaikavarṇa- sukhā (i.e. kalā eka°), compare Critical Pali Dictionary s.v. anela-gala, and Lévi Sūtrāl. Transl. page 143 n. 2, anelā kalā; of Buddha's voice; the em. is further confirmed by Mahāvyutpatti 454 anelā, of Buddha's voice, foll. in 455 by kalā; also in Mahāvastu iii.322.2 probably read anela-kalāye (for mss. °katāye; Senart em. anelakāye), of Buddha's speech; anelā, of human speech, (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 244.20; 330.16; °laḥ, of a sound (nirghoṣa), Sukhāvatīvyūha 38.5; nelā (vāk) Daśabhūmikasūtra 24.13 (follows hitakaraṇī); nela- varṇā (buddhasya girā) Mahāvastu i.314.14; nelayā pūrṇayā vācā (of Buddha) Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.273.7 (verse).

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Nela (नेल).—(1) adj. (= Pali id.), pure, of speech, see aneḍa; (2) m., a high number: Mahāvyutpatti 7764 = Tibetan gtaṅ yas; compare next two.

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Nelā (नेला).—a high number: Gaṇḍavyūha 106.11. Cf. prec. (2) and next.

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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. 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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