Pancagati, Pañcagati, Pancan-gati: 3 definitions


Pancagati means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Panchagati.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Pancagati in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Pañcagati (पञ्चगति) refers to the “five destinies”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, “once the Buddha disappeared, the old sūtras were broadly disseminated; having been propagated for five hundred years, today they present many differences (viśeṣa) and the various schools do not agree; some assert five destinies (pañcagati), others assert six (ṣaḍgati). Those who accept five destinies are modifying the Buddhist sūtras as a result, and they assume five destinies (pañcagati); those who accept six destinies are modifying the text of the Buddhist sūtras as a result and are accepting six destinies. Moreover, in the Mahāyāna, the Fa-houa king (Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra) speaks of “beings distributed in the six destinies”, and from the viewpoint of the real meaning (abhiprāya) of the texts, there must be six destinies.”.


Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Pañcagati (पञ्चगति) refers to the “five states of existence”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘[...] (82) The dharma is taught in order to purify the five kinds of sight (pañcacakṣus), to illuminate the five kinds of abilities (pañcendriya), to eliminate the five states of existence (pañcagati), and to makes the five aggregates disappear (pañcaskandha). It is not dependent on this side nor that side, but established in the realm of the dharma, same as the sameness of the sky, and it exalts a being in accordance with the knowledge of the Buddha. [...]’”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancagati in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pañcagati (पंचगति).—f (S) The five paces of the horse; viz. bharapallā or caivaḍacāla, turakī or gāmacāla, durakī, bā- jīcāla, caukacāla; or, in Sanskrit, āskandita, ghau- ritaka, rēcita, valgita, lputa.

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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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