Parabrahman, Para-brahman: 10 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्).—The Supreme Spirit. General information. Brahman is the root cause of this universe. From Brahman originated Ākāśa (sky). From sky came air, from air came Agni and from Agni came water and from water was born this earth. (Chapter 377, Agni Purāṇa). (See full article at Story of Parabrahman from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
1) Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्) refers to the “Supreme Brahman” which one is able to realise due to perfect knowledge (vijñāna), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12, while explaining details of worship:—“[...] if one associates with good people (satsaṃgati), one will come across a preceptor (Guru). From the preceptor mantras and the modes of worship (pūjā) can be learned. Bhakti (devotion) is generated by worship and it gives birth to knowledge (jñāna). Knowledge leads to perfect knowledge (vijñāna) and realisation of the supreme Brahman (Parabrahman). When there is perfect knowledge, differentiations (bheda) cease altogether. When differentiation ceases, the misery of mutually clashing opposites (dvandvaduḥkha) vanishes. He who is free from the tangle of opposites and the miseries attendant on them assumes the form of Śiva (śivarūpa)”.
2) Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्) refers to the “pure Brahman”, and represents an epithet of Śiva used in Sandhyā’s eulogy of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Thou art, the greatest supreme soul. Thou art Śiva, the various lores, the pure Brahman (parabrahman), the supreme Brahman and the utmost object of deliberation”.Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्) refers to the “equilibrium of the three guṇas” representing a primordial state of Śiva, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—While discussing the topic of sarga (creation or evolution of the Universe), the Saurapurāṇa says that Lord Śiva exists firstly as the unmanifested infinite, unknowable and ultimate director. But He is also called the unmanifested, eternal, cosmic cause which is both being and nonbeing and is indentified with Prakṛti. In this aspect He is regarded as Para-Brahman, the equilibrium of the three guṇas.
In this state the Puruṣa exists within Himself as it were and this is also called the state of Prakṛtapralaya.. From this state of Unmanifestedness God begins to assert Himself as God and enters into Prakṛti and Puruṣa by His own inner intimate contact. This existence of God may be compared with the sex-impulse in man or woman which exists within them and manifests itself only as a creative impulse although remaining one and the same with them all the while
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.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्) refers to:—The Supreme Brahman. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).
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’).
India history and geographySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Parabrahman.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. Note: parabrahman is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्).—n. the Supreme Spirit; cf. लीने परे ब्रह्मणि (līne pare brahmaṇi) Bh. परे ब्रह्मणि कोऽपि न लग्नः (pare brahmaṇi ko'pi na lagnaḥ) Śaṅkara (carpaṭapañjarikā 7).
Parabrahman is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms para and brahman (ब्रह्मन्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्):—[=para-brahman] [from para] n. the Supreme Spirit or Brahman, [Bhartṛhari]
2) [v.s. ...] Name of anUp.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्):—(para + bra) n. das höchste Brahman [Bhartṛhari 3, 96.] Titel einer Upaniṣad [Weber’s Indische Studien 3, 326, 3.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
Parabrahman (परब्रह्मन्):—n. —
1) das höchste Brahman. —
2) Titel einer Upaniṣad. brahmopaniṣad f. [Private libraries (Gustav) 1.]
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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Full-text (+6): Parabrahmopanishad, Parabrahmastotra, Parabrahmaprakashika, Parabrahmanandabodha, Parabrahmashtottarashatanaman, Parapurusha, Para Brahman, Shabdabrahma, Jivatman, Nirguna Brahman, Ishvara, Hamsa, Hamsavati, Dvandvaduhkha, Kshobhya, Prakritapralaya, Kshobhaka, Shivarupa, Bheda, Brahman.
Search found 37 books and stories containing Parabrahman, Para-brahman; (plurals include: Parabrahmans, brahmans). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
Verse 2.2.194 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna (knowledge)]
Verse 2.2.195 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna (knowledge)]
Verse 2.2.178 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna (knowledge)]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Amritabindu Upanishad of Krishna-Yajurveda (by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar)
Prashna Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary (by S. Sitarama Sastri)
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Section 9 - Vāsudeva-māhātmya < [Book 2 - Vaiṣṇava-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 263 - Origin of Matsyendranātha (Matsyendra-nātha) < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Shandilya Upanishad of Atharvaveda (by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar)