Prabhriti, Prabhṛti: 18 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Prabhṛti can be transliterated into English as Prabhrti or Prabhriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Prabhrati.

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—A passage or a word at the commencement; cf. इरावतीप्रभृति आ दाधार (irāvatīprabhṛti ā dādhāra) T. Pr. IV. 22; प्लुतादिप्रभृतीनि च (plutādiprabhṛtīni ca) R. Pr. X. 4 तिष्ठद्गुप्रभृतीनि च (tiṣṭhadguprabhṛtīni ca) P.II.1.17.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) refers to “first” (i.e., ‘a company headed by’), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] I praise the (goddess) who enjoys (divine bliss) (bhoginī). Her body enjoyment (bhoga), she resides on the supreme plane (of existence) and is attained (only) by knowledge. Her plane is that of Kuṇḍalinī and her one (divine) attribute is compassion. [...] Accompanied by eight powerful Siddhas headed by (the Bhairava called) Aghora [i.e., aghora-prabhṛti], (her) light shines a million-fold and, having destroyed (all) darkness, (she) has illumined all reality”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) refers to the “beginning (of a battle)”, according to the Mahābhārata 10.8.64–68.—Accordingly, “Good sir, they saw her, Kālarātri, standing, smiling, alone, blue-black in hue, with red mouth and eyes, garlands and unguents of crimson, red robes, a noose in one hand, a peacock feather [in her hair], binding men, horses and elephants with her horrifying fetters while she stood, capturing many headless ghosts trapped in her noose, leading those asleep in their dreams to other Nights. And at all times the best soldiers saw the son of Droṇa slaughtering. From the time when the battle between the Kuru and Pāṇḍava armies began (prabhṛti), they saw [both] that evil spirit and the son of Droṇa. The son of Droṇa later felled those who had first been struck by this divinity [Kālarātri], terrorizing all creatures while shouting out ferocious bellows”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) means “from now onwards”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.11.—Accordingly, as Himācala (i.e., Himālaya) said to his attendants and family-members: “From now onwards [i.e., prabhṛti], none of you shall go to the ridge of mine, called Gaṅgāvataraṇa. This is my command. I am telling you the truth. If anyone of you goes there I shall punish that rogue particularly. This is the truth I am speaking. O sage, after thus checking all of his attendants, the mountain made other arrangements also. I now tell you all about the same”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Prabhriti in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) refers to the “remainder” (i.e., ‘[this and] others’), according to the Mattavilāsaprahasana.—Accordingly, as the Kāpālika cries out: “My darling, look. This pub resembles the Vedic sacrificial ground. For its signpost resembles the sacrificial pillar; in this case alcohol is the Soma, drunkards are the sacrificial priests, the wine glasses are the special cups for drinking Soma, the roasted meat and other appetizers (prabhṛtiśūlyamāṃsaprabhṛtaya upadaṃśā) are the fire oblations (havirviśeṣa), the drunken babblings are the sacrificial formulae, the songs are the Sāman-hymns, the pitchers are the sacrificial ladles, thirst is the fire and the owner of the pub is the patron of the sacrifice”

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prabhriti in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—ad S First. Both in sense and in use the word agrees with ādi, under which see the explication. adyaprabhṛti From to-day; janmaprabhṛti (Birth being first or antecedent.) Beginning with one's birth; from birth; tataḥprabhṛti Thenceforth; bālyaprabhṛti From childhood; śiraḥprabhṛti From the head (downwards &c.) These are the chief cases of its occurrence in Prakrit.

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

prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—ad First. adyaprabhṛti From to-day. janmaprabhṛti From birth. tata prabhṛti Thence- forth. bālyaprabhṛti From childhood. śiraḥ- prabhṛti From the head (down wards &c.).

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—f.

1) Beginning, commencement; generally used in this sense as the last member of Bah. compound; इन्द्रप्रभृतयो देवाः (indraprabhṛtayo devāḥ) &c.

2) Ved. An oblation.

3) Throwing or casting (Ved.). -ind. From, ever since, beginning with (with abl.); शैशवात् प्रभृति पोषितां प्रियाम् (śaiśavāt prabhṛti poṣitāṃ priyām) Uttararāmacarita 1.45; Kumārasambhava 3.26. R.2.38; अद्यप्रभृति (adyaprabhṛti) henceforward; ततः प्रभृति, अतः प्रभृति (tataḥ prabhṛti, ataḥ prabhṛti) &c.

Derivable forms: prabhṛtiḥ (प्रभृतिः).

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

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. Beginning, commencement, (in this sense the word generally occurs as the last member of a Bahubrihi compound). 2. Manner, kind. 3. Etcetera, others, rest, remainder, (in composition;) as garmmutprabhṛtayaḥ tṛṇaṃ the grass called Germut and other sorts. munayaḥ somaśravaḥ prabhṛtayaḥ the Munis, Somasravas, and the rest; tataḥ prabhṛti thence, after. Ind. Beginning with, from, since, (with an abl.) as “adya prabhṛti”. E. pra before, bhṛ to nourish, aff. ktic .

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

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—[pra-bhṛ + ti] (originally, Beginning), ind. with abl. Beginning and continuing irom, since, [Pañcatantra] 264, 5; [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 68. It is usually the latter part of comp. nouns implying, And those of the same kind (as the former part), the remainder, others, etc.; e. g. bṛhaspati-, m. The planet Jupiter and the other planets, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 27, cf. [Pañcatantra] 157, 4.

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

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति).—[feminine] bringing forth, offering, presenting, beginning; often adj. (—°) or [adverb] (after an [ablative] or —°) beginning with, since, from, — and so on.

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

1) Prabhṛti (प्रभृति):—[=pra-bhṛti] [from pra-bhṛta > pra-bhṛ] f. (pra-) bringing forward, offering (of sacrifice or praise), [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] a throw or stroke, [Ṛg-veda]

3) [v.s. ...] beginning, commencement, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc. (ifc. = ‘commencing with’ or ‘et caetera’ e.g. munayaḥ somaśravaḥ-prabhṛtayaḥ, ‘the Munis beginning with S°’ id est. ‘the Munis, S° etc.’; in this sense also tika)

4) [v.s. ...] ind. (after an [ablative] [adverb] or ifc.) beginning with, from—forward or upward, since, [Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata etc.] (e.g. bālyāt prabhṛti, ‘from boyhood upwards’; janma-pr, ‘from birth’; adya pr, ‘beginning from to-day, henceforth’; tataḥ or tadā pr, ‘thenceforth’ etc.)

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

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति):—[pra-bhṛti] (tiḥ) 2. f. Kind; et cætera.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pabhii, Pabhiiṃ, Pabhiī, Pabhīi, Pabhīiṃ.

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Prabhṛti (प्रभृति) [Also spelled prabhrati]:—(ind) etcetera, etc. etc.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prabhṛti (ಪ್ರಭೃತಿ):—[noun] a pre-eminent, excellent, peerless thing or person.

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Prabhṛti (ಪ್ರಭೃತಿ):—[adverb] starting from; from then; since then.

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