Pilu, Pīlu: 18 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Pilu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Pīlu (पीलु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VIII.30.24) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pīlu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

Pīlu (पीलु) is the name of a tree found in maṇidvīpa (Śakti’s abode), according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa 12.10. Accordingly, these trees always bear flowers, fruits and new leaves, and the sweet fragrance of their scent is spread across all the quarters in this place. The trees (e.g. Pīlu) attract bees and birds of various species and rivers are seen flowing through their forests carrying many juicy liquids. Maṇidvīpa is defined as the home of Devī, built according to her will. It is compared with Sarvaloka, as it is superior to all other lokas.

The Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa, or Śrīmad-devī-bhāgavatam, is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, a type of Sanskrit literature containing cultural information on ancient India, religious/spiritual prescriptions and a range of topics concerning the various arts and sciences. The whole text is composed of 18,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 6th century.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Pīlu (पीलु) refers to “Salvadora persica” and represents a type of fruit-bearing plant, according to the Mahābhārata Anuśāsanaparva 53.19 , and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—We can see the description of flowering and fruit bearing plants in Ṛgveda. But we come across the specific names of them only in the later Saṃhita and Brāhmaṇa literature. [...] From the epics, we know that the hermits generally lived on fruits, roots and tubers. Mahābhārata the commonly used fruits are kāsmarya, iṅguda, śṛṅgāṭaka, bhallātaka (marking nut), the fruits of plakṣa (fig tree), aśvattha (pipal tree), vibhītaka (fruit of Terminallia) and pīlu (Salvadora persica).

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Pīlu (पीलु) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Salvadora persica Linn. var. wightiana Verdc.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning pīlu] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Pīlu (पीलु) is the name in the Atharvaveda of a tree (Careya arborea or Salvadora persica) on the fruit of which doves fed.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Pīlu (पीलु) is the name of a Piśāca mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Pīlu).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Pīlu.—(IE 8-3), Indian form of Arabic-Persian fīl, an ele- phant. Note: pīlu is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

piḷū (पिळू).—f R (Or pēḷū) A rude twist or roll with the hand of cocoanut-fibres or cotton.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

piḷū (पिळू).—f A rude twist or roll with the hand of cocoanut-fibres or cotton.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pilu (पिलु).—See पीलु (pīlu).

Derivable forms: piluḥ (पिलुः).

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Pīlu (पीलु).—[pīl-u]

1) An arrow.

2) An atom; प्रत्यक्षं न पुनाति नापहरते पापानि पीलुच्छटा (pratyakṣaṃ na punāti nāpaharate pāpāni pīlucchaṭā) Viś. Guṇa.552.

3) An insect.

4) An elephant.

5) The stem of the palm.

6) A flower.

7) A group of palm trees; Mb.7.178.24.

8) A kind of tree.

9) A heap of bones.

1) The central part of the hand.

-lu n. The fruit of the Pīlu tree.

Derivable forms: pīluḥ (पीलुः).

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

Pīlu (पीलु).—name of a piśāca: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 18.5; piśāco pīlu-nāmataḥ (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 611.19 (verse).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pīlu (पीलु).—m.

(-luḥ) 1. The name of a tree, applied in some places to the Careya arborea, and in others to the Salvadora persica; it is very commonly assigned also to all exotic, and unknown trees. 2. An elephant. 3. An arrow. 4. A flower. 5. The blossom of the Saccharum sara. 6. An atom. 7. An insect. 8. The metacarpus, the central part of the hand. 9. The stem of the palm tree. E. pīl to stop, aff. u; also with kan added, pīluka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pilu (पिलु).—pīlu, m. A certain tree; cf. pailava.

Pilu can also be spelled as Pīlu (पीलु).

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Pīlu (पीलु).—perhaps piṣ + lu, m. 1. An elephant. 2. An arrow. 3. A tree, Careya arborea Roxb. n. Its fruit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pīlu (पीलु).—[masculine] [Name] of a tree ([neuter] its fruit); elephant, atom.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Pilu (पिलु):—[from pil] (or piluka) m. a species of tree (= pīlu), [Suśruta]

2) Pīlu (पीलु):—[from pīl] m. (cf. [Uṇādi-sūtra i, 38 [Scholiast or Commentator]]) a species of tree (Careya Arborea or Salvadora Persica, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] a group of palm trees or the stem of the palm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a flower, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] the blossoms of Saccharum Sara, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a piece of bone (asthi-khanda), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] an arrow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] a worm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] an atom, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

10) [v.s. ...] an elephant (cf. Aribic فيل, Persian پيل), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] n. the fruit of the Pilu tree, [Atharva-veda]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pīlu (पीलु):—(luḥ) 2. m. The name of any exotic tree; elephant; arrow; flower; atom; insect; metacarpus; the stem of the palm tree.

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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 (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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