Pippalada, Pippalāda, Pippala-ada: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pippalada in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद).—An ancient sage belonging to the tradition of preceptors. (See under Guruparamparā). It is said that this sage got that name because he was in the habit of eating Pippalī in large quantities daily. Praśnopaniṣad tells a story of how the sages Sukeśa, Śaibya, Satyakāma (Kaśyapa), Kauśalya, Bhārgava and Kabandhī went to Pippalāda seeking Ātmajñāna (spiritual knowledge) and how he gave them instructions on the same.

Padma Purāṇa gives the following information regarding Pippalāda:—"Once Kuṇḍala, a brahmin residing in Kurukṣetra, got a son named Sukarmā. Sukarmā’s parents were old and Sukarmā spent most of his time looking after his sickly aged parents. Kuṇḍala taught his son all the Vedas and Śāstras. At that time in the gotra of Kaśyapa was born a brahmin named Pippalāda. Controlling his senses and abandoning all passions he did severe penance in a forest called Daśāraṇya. The greatness of his penance made the animals of the forest leave their mutual enmity and live in perfect peace. Even the devas were astonished at the power of his penance. (See full article at Story of Pippalāda from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद) is the name of an ancient Ṛṣi (sage), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.34 (“The Story of Anaraṇya”).—Accordingly, as Vasiṣṭha said to Himavat (Himācala): “[...] In the meantime the sage (ṛṣi) Pippalāda eagerly hastening back to his hermitage saw a certain Gandharva in an isolated place in the penance-grove. The Gandharva was an expert in the science of erotics. He was in the company of a woman. He was therefore completely submerged in the ocean of pleasure, sexual dalliance and was lusty. On seeing him the great sage became very lustful. He lost interest in penance and began to think of acquiring a wife. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद).—A pupil of Devadarśa;1 the sage who communicated the aṅgāravrata to Yudhiṣṭhira, narrating an old saṃvāda between Śukra and Virocana;2 came to see Parīkṣit practising prāyopaveśa; knew the Yoga power of Viṣṇu.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 57; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 6. 10.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 72. 1, 5-6, 45.
  • 3) Bhā I. 19. 10; II. 7. 45:

1b) A disciple of Vedasparśa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 51.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद) refers to one of the various Ṛṣis (sages) and Mahārṣis (great sages) 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 Pippalāda).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pippalada in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद).—a.

1) eating the fruit of the Pippala tree.

2) given to sensual pleasures.

Pippalāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pippala and ada (अद). See also (synonyms): pippalāśana.

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

Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद).—[masculine] [Name] of an ancient teacher, [plural] his school.

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

1) Pippalāda (पिप्पलाद):—[from pippala] mfn. eating the fruit of the Peepal tree, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] given to sensual pleasures, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of an ancient teacher of the [Atharva-veda; Praśna-upaniṣad; Mahābhārata] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] his school (also daka)

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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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