Prajnacakshus, Prajñācakṣus, Prajna-cakshus: 10 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Prajñācakṣus can be transliterated into English as Prajnacaksus or Prajnacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Prajnachakshus.
Kavya (poetry)Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa
Prajñācakṣuṣ (प्रज्ञाचक्षुष्) refers to “blind”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 12.106.—Used in this sense in Bhāgavata 1.13.29; in Dvisandhānakāvya 13.16, where applied to Rāvaṇa or Jarāsandha, it means “śāstrajñānekṣaṇaḥ”, and applied to the Kalpataru, means “bāhyacakṣūrahitaḥ”. Cf. Manodūta (verse 115) (addressed to Duryodhana). Here, prajñānayana refers to Dhṛtarāṣṭra (Kāvyamālā, Part XIII).
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्) refers to the “wisdom-eye” and represents one of the five visual powers (cakṣus) attributed to the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). The wisdom-eye (prajñācakṣus) knows the true nature (satyalakṣaṇa) of the dharmas.
According to chapter 50, “[...] in order to see the true nature (dharmatā), the bodhisattva seeks the wisdom eye (prajñācakṣus). Having obtained the wisdom eye, he no longer sees beings (sattva), he eliminates completely the signs of identity (ekatva) and difference (nānātva), he rejects all clinging (adhyavasāna) and accepts no dharma. [...] However, the wisdom eye (prajñācakṣus) cannot save beings. Why? Because it does not distinguish them; this is why the Bodhisattva produces the Dharma eye (dharmacakṣus)”.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्) or simply Prajñā refers to the ”divine eye“ and represents one the “five eyes” (cakṣus) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., prajñā-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्).—a. blind; (lit. having understanding as the only eyes); ततो ज्ञास्यसि मां सौते प्रज्ञाचक्षुष- मित्युत (tato jñāsyasi māṃ saute prajñācakṣuṣa- mityuta) Mb.1.1.149; Bhāg.1.13.28; Manodūta 115; N.12.16. (-m.) an epithet of Dhṛtarāṣṭra; Mb.3. 7.24; Kāvyamālā, Part.13. (-n.) the mind's eye, mental eye, the mind; M.1.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-kṣuḥ) A name of Dhritarastra. Adj. Blind, having the understading as the only eyes. E. prajñā and cakṣus the eye: being physically blind.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्).—1. [neuter] the mind’s eye.
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Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्).—2. [adjective] seeing with the mind’s eye.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्):—[=pra-jñā-cakṣus] n. the eye of understanding, [Mālavikāgnimitra; Vajracchedikā]
2) [v.s. ...] mfn. ‘mind-eyed’, wise, intelligent, [Mahābhārata iii, 13891]
3) [v.s. ...] blind, [ib. i, 147 etc.]
4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of the blind king Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्):—[prajñā-cakṣus] (kṣuḥ) 2. m. Dhritarāshtra.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्):—1. n. Verstandesauge [Mālavikāgnimitra 10,4] (11 ,
1) [Vajracchedikā 38,17.]
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Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्):—2. —
1) Adj. — a) mit dem Auge des Verstandes sehend [Indische sprüche 1211.] — b) bei dem der Verstand die Stelle der Augen vertritt , blind [Indische sprüche 7710.] —
2) *m. Beiname des blinden Dhṛthrāṣṭra.
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 1 - Notes on the five cakṣus or visual powers of the Buddha < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Preliminary note on the ‘five eyes’ < [Part 6 - Obtaining the five ‘eyes’]
VI. Mind of false wisdom (mithyādharma) < [Part 4 - Avoiding evil minds]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Viṣṇu-sahasranāma (Garland of a Thousand Epithets of Viṣṇu) < [Section 1 - Avantīkṣetra-māhātmya]