Pancamahabhuta, Pañcamahābhūta, Panca-mahabhuta, Pamcamahabhuta: 5 definitions
Pancamahabhuta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Panchamahabhuta.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Hand book of domestic medicine: Basic principles of Āyurveda
From the Indian philosophical point of view all the matters of the universe are made up of 5 elements, collectively known as Pañca Mahābhūta (five basic elements). These are Ākāśa, Vāyu, Tejas, Jala and Pṛthvī.
Each of these can be perceived by its distinctive quality viz.
- Ākāśa by Sabda (sound),
- Vāyu by Sparśa (touch),
- Agni by Rūpa (colour),
- Jala by Rasa (taste)
- and Pṛthvī by Gandha (odour).
Pañcamahābhūta (पञ्चमहाभूत) refers to the give elements of which the universe is based on.—Life can be defined as the combination of śarīra (body), indriya (sense organs), sattva (manas) and Ātman (soul). The universe is based on the pañcamahābhūtas, viz. ākāśa, (space), pṛthvī (earth), vāyu (air), jala (water) and agni (fire). The Ayurvedic system says that the body is also pañcabhautika and the medicines i.e. plants and animals are also pañcabhautika. So the pañcabhautika-śarīra can be treated with pañcabhautika drug.
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary
Pañcamahābhūta (पञ्चमहाभूत).—The five gross elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Pañcamahābhūta (पञ्चमहाभूत) or simply Mahābhūta refers to the “five great elements” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 39):
- pṛthvī (earth),
- āpas (water),
- tejas (fire),
- vāyu (wind),
- ākāśa (space).
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., pañca-mahābhūta). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
Paṃcamahābhūta (ಪಂಚಮಹಾಭೂತ):—[noun] = ಪಂಚಭೂತ [pamcabhuta].
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Pancamahabhutamaya.
Full-text: Pancamahabhutamaya, Purusha, Mahabhuta, Pancabhautika, Pamcamahabhuta, Five Great Elements, Kshetra, Dosha, Pancashakti, Shaktipancaka, Sharira, Kaustubha, Kaustubhamani, Tridosha, Pashupata.
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Cidgaganacandrika (study) (by S. Mahalakshmi)
Verse 99 [Śakti’s expansion as Adhibhūta] < [Chapter 3 - Third Vimarśa]
Verse 17 [The visible form of Ambā as Fire, Water and Earth] < [Chapter 1 - First Vimarśa]
Verse 35 [Trinkets of Kāli’s anklets] < [Chapter 2 - Second Vimarśa]
Yoga-sutras (Ancient and Modern Interpretations) (by Makarand Gopal Newalkar)
Sūtra 2.18-19 [Prakṛti and Guṇa] < [Book II - Sādhana-pāda]
Sūtra 1.41-46 [Samāpatti and Sabīja-Samādhi] < [Book I - Samādhi-pāda]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
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Philosophy of Charaka-samhita (by Asokan. G)
Composite man (rāśi-puruṣa) < [Chapter 5 - The Complete Man]
World Construction (Sāṃkhya and Caraka) < [Chapter 3 - Fundamental Theories]
Cosmology [in Charaka philosophy] < [Chapter 3 - Fundamental Theories]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)