Prajnacakshus, Prajñācakṣus, Prajna-cakshus: 7 definitions

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Prajnacakshus means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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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).

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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’.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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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)”.

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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.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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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 (eg., prajñā-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: 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.

Prajñācakṣus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prajñā and cakṣus (चक्षुस्). See also (synonyms): prajñānayana.

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

Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्).—m.

(-kṣuḥ) A name of Dhritarastra. Adj. Blind, having the understading as the only eyes. E. prajñā and cakṣus the eye: being physically blind.

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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. 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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