Pratishrutka, aka: Pratiśrutkā; 2 Definition(s)


Pratishrutka 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 Pratiśrutkā can be transliterated into English as Pratisrutka or Pratishrutka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Pratiśrutkā (प्रतिश्रुत्का, “echo”).—This phenomenon had already received a name as early as the Yajurveda Saṃhitās and the Kauṣītaki Upaniṣad (iv. 13). For references, see: Taittirīya Saṃhitā, v. 5, 14, 1; Maitrāyaṇī Saṃhitā, iii. 14, 13; Kāṭhaka Saṃhitā, Aśvamedha, vii. 4; Vājasaneyi Saṃhitā, xxiv. 32; xxx. 19.

(Source): Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Pratiśrutkā (प्रतिश्रुत्का, “echo”) refers to one of the ten comparisons (upamāna) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11. These upamānas represent a quality of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata. They accepted that dharmas are like an echo (pratiśrutkā). In a narrow valley, a deep gorge or an empty house, when a sound (śabda) or a noise is made, from this sound that is produced another sound arises that is called an echo. The ignorant person thinks that there is somebody who is repeating his words, but the wise person knows that the echo is not due to a third person and that it is solely by a reverberation of the sound (śabdasparśa) that there is a new sound called an echo.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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