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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Purastima (पुरस्तिम).—adj., with case-forms used as adv. and [Page348-a+ 71] quasi-prep. (= Pali AMg. puratthima; § 22.15), orig. no doubt in front, a meaning which is possible in one or two passages, but as a rule, and probably always, used in the sense of eastern, in the east, easterly: °time diśo bhāge Mahāvastu i.123.6, 8, 10, 12, 14; ii.34.19; iii.306.6 (in same verse Lalitavistara 388.8 pūrvasmin vai for °time, with ‘patchword’ vai indicating secondary correction to pūrvasmin); °māyāṃ (diśāyāṃ) Mahāvastu ii.139.8; iii.116.1, 3; 410.12, 13; °maś ca anto iii.334.2, 3; other cases of adj., Mahāvastu i.26.1; 40.7, 8 (°mā diśā); ii.95.20 (also with diśā); 136.17; adverbs, °maṃ Mahāvastu iii.256.7, 8, in the east; °mena Mahāvastu i.194.2; 249.3; ii.31.6; iii.226.7; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 120.5 (prose); °me, Mahāsamājasūtra, Waldschmidt, Kl. Sanskrit Texte 4, pp. 5, 171 (ms. 127. V 1); as prep., °time nagarasya Mahāvastu iii.186.16, to the east (possibly in front) of the city. Cf. purima, which however rarely means eastern or in front (of space), but regularly former, first (of time).
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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