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Rabhasa, aka: Rabhasā; 4 Definition(s)

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Rabhasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Rabhasā (रभसा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Rabhasā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

1) Rabhasa (रभस).—A son of Rambha, and father of Gambhīra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 17. 10.

2) Rabhasā (रभसा).—A mind-born mother.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 26.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Rabhasa (रभस):—Son of Rābha (son of Āyu). He had a son who was called Gambhīra. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.17.10)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Pali

Rabhasa, (rabh=labh, which see for etym. Cp. also Lat rabies.—Dhtp 205 expls rabh (correctly) by ārambha & Dhtm 301 by rābhassa) wild, terrible, violent D. I, 91, expld by “bahu-bhāṇin” at DA. I, 256. There are several vv. ll. at this passage. (Page 565)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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