Purvabhava, Pūrvabhava, Purva-bhava, Pūrvabhāva: 6 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Purvabhava in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Pūrvabhava (पूर्वभव) refers to “previous existences”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘(58) [...] As long as you have accumulated conditioned states in previous existences (pūrvabhava), that long you will stay in cyclic existence, trying to arrive at the qualities of awakening (bodhiguṇa), but you still should not get tired: do generate vigour again and again. [...]’”.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Purvabhava in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pūrvabhava (पूर्वभव).—a former life.

Derivable forms: pūrvabhavaḥ (पूर्वभवः).

Pūrvabhava is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and bhava (भव).

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Pūrvabhāva (पूर्वभाव).—

1) priority.

2) prior or antecedent existence; येन सहैव यस्य यं प्रति पूर्वभावोऽवगम्यते (yena sahaiva yasya yaṃ prati pūrvabhāvo'vagamyate) Tarka K.

3) (Rhet.) disclosing an intention.

Derivable forms: pūrvabhāvaḥ (पूर्वभावः).

Pūrvabhāva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and bhāva (भाव).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Pūrvabhava (पूर्वभव):—[=pūrva-bhava] [from pūrva] m. a former life, [Hemacandra]

2) Pūrvabhāva (पूर्वभाव):—[=pūrva-bhāva] [from pūrva] m. prior or antecedent existence, priority, [Kapila’s Sāṃkhya-pravacana; Bhāṣāpariccheda]

3) [v.s. ...] (in [rhetoric]) disclosing an intention, [Daśarūpa; Pratāparudrīya]

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Purvabhava in German

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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 (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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Purvabhava in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pūrvabhava (ಪೂರ್ವಭವ):—

1) [noun] = ಪೂರ್ವಜನ್ಮ [purvajanma].

2) [noun] the planet Jupiter.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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