Prithivicala, Pṛthivīcala, Prithivi-cala: 2 definitions


Prithivicala 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 Pṛthivīcala can be transliterated into English as Prthivicala or Prithivicala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Prithivichala.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Pṛthivīcala (पृथिवीचल) is another name for Bhūmicala, referring to the “six tremblings of the earth”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—What are these six tremblings of the earth (pṛthivīcala / bhūmicala)? The trembling of the earth is lesser (avara), medium (madhya) and greater (agra). In the lesser trembling of the earth, there are two movements: the east rises and the west sinks; or else the south rises and the north sinks; or else the edges rise and the center sinks. In the medium trembling, there are four movements: in the east, in the west, in the south and in the north; or again in the east, the west, the edges and the center; or again in the south, the north, the edges and the center. In the greater trembling, all six movements appear.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (P) next»] — Prithivicala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Pṛthivīcāla (पृथिवीचाल).—m. (compare Sanskrit bhūmi-cala, and Pali mahā-bhūmicālo, Mahāvaṃsa 17.55), earthquake: SP 164.2; Mv ii.30.15; mahāntaḥ °lo abhūṣi Mv ii.300.15. All prose.

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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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