Pathavi, Pathavī, Paṭhavī: 5 definitions


Pathavi 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: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

F (Earth).

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

See Mahabhuta rupas

1. solidity, hardness softness;

2. Pathavi is earth element. It is the nature that is firmness or hardness or softness which depends on density and organisation between and among atoms, molecules, compounds, and complexes of materials from science sense. Its nature can be sensed through kaya pasada rupa that exist in the body and pathavi will be perceived as hardness softness of materials.

Source: Pali Kanon: Introducing Buddhist Abhidhamma

lit: 'hardness, or softness'; Property of matter (rupa).

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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pathavī : (f.) the earth. || paṭhavī (f.) the earth. pathāvī (m.) a pedestrian; traveller.

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

Pathavi, see paṭhavi. (Page 408)

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Paṭhavī, (f.) (Ved. pṛthivī, doublets in Pāli pathavī, puthavī, puthuvī, puṭhuvī, see Geiger, P. Gr. §§ 124, 17n. To ad. , pṛthu: see puthu, prath to expand, thus lit. the broad one, breadth, expansion. Not (as Bdhgh at Vism. 364: patthaṭattā pathavī, cp. Cpd. 155 even modern linguists!) to be derived fr. pattharati) the earth. Acc. to Nd2 389 syn. with jagati. It figures as the first element in enumeration of the 4 elements (see dhātu 1), viz. p. , āpo, tejo, vāyo (earth, water, fire, wind or the elements of the extension, cohesion, heat and motion: Cpd. 155). At D. III, 87 sq. ≈ Vism. 418 rasa° is opposed to bhūmi-pappaṭaka. Otherwise it is very frequent in representing the earth as solid, firm, spacious ground. See D. II, 14, 16; M. I, 327 sq.; S. I, 113 (p. udrīyati), 119 (id.), 186; II, 133, 169 sq.; V, 45, 78, 246, 456 sq.; A. II, 50; IV, 89, 374, V, 263 sq.; Sn. 307, 1097; It. 21; Dh. 41, 44, 178 (pathavyā); Pv. II, 66; Miln. 418; PvA. 57, 75, 174.—mahā° M. I, 127; S. II, 179, 263; III, 150; J. I, 25, 74; III, 42; Miln. 187; aya° iron soil (of Avīci) DhA. I, 148. In compn both paṭhavī° & pathavi°.

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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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