Rabhasa, Rabhasā: 18 definitions


Rabhasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

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: The Matsya-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 (e.g., 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: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Rabhasa (रभस).—A monkey in Śrī Rāma’s army. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddhakāṇḍa, Canto 4).

2) Rabhasa (रभस).—A Rākṣasa on Rāvaṇa’s side. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Canto 9).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Rabhasa (रभस) refers to “loudly” (e.g., the “loud” braying of asses), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “[...] At the same time, several phenomena of evil portent forboding misery and distress happened, when the son of Varāṅgī was born making the gods miserable. [...] O dear, groups of mad asses ran here and there braying loudly [i.e., khārkāra-rabhasa] and digging the ground with their hoofs. Terrified by the asses, birds flew up from their nests. In their excitement and flutter they honked and cronked. They did not find a peaceful perch anywhere. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Rabhasa (रभस) refers to “using force” (i.e., eagerness to make one one’s dispciple) , according to the according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, after Vṛkṣanātha took food with those belonging to the Cāṇḍāla caste: “[...] Then (having said that), praised by all the hosts of demons and gods, he entered the fire (prepared to test him). When he emerged out of the mouth of the fire all the Brahmins residing in the city praised him. O goddess, once he had acquired fame in the Wheel of the Void and quickly and with force (rabhasa-kṛt) made one hundred thousand Brahmins (his disciples) in this way, the leaders of the towns made a sound (of approval) (?). [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rabhasa in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

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

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rābhasa (राभस).—a See rābasa.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rabhasa (रभस).—a. [rabh-acas Uṇ 3.116]

1) Violent, impetuous, fierce, wild.

2) Strong, intense, vehement, powerful, ardent, eager (as desire &c.); रभसया नु दिगन्तदिदृक्षया (rabhasayā nu digantadidṛkṣayā) Kirātārjunīya 5.1; R.9.61; Mu.5.24.

3) Rash, precipitate.

4) Joyful, glad.

5) Ved. Strengthening.

-saḥ 1 Violence, force, impetuosity, haste, speed, hurry, vehemence; आलीषु केलीरभसेन बाला मुहुर्ममालापमुपालपन्ती (ālīṣu kelīrabhasena bālā muhurmamālāpamupālapantī) Bv.2.12; त्वभि- सरणरभसेन वलन्ती (tvabhi- saraṇarabhasena valantī) Gītagovinda 6; Śi 6.13;11.23; Kirātārjunīya 9.47; Bhāgavata 7.9.15.

2) Rashness, precipitateness, headlong haste; अतिरभसकृतानां कर्मणामाविपत्तेर्भवति हृदयदाही शल्यतुल्यो विपाकः (atirabhasakṛtānāṃ karmaṇāmāvipatterbhavati hṛdayadāhī śalyatulyo vipākaḥ) Bhartṛhari 2.99; त्यजति न मृगव्याधरभसः (tyajati na mṛgavyādharabhasaḥ) Śiva-mahimna 22.

3) Anger, passion, rage, fury; रक्तेक्षणेन च मनाग्रभसं दधानौ (raktekṣaṇena ca manāgrabhasaṃ dadhānau) Bhāgavata 3.15.28.

4) Regret, sorrow.

5) Joy, pleasure, delight; मनसि रभसविभवे हरिरुदयतु सुकृतेन (manasi rabhasavibhave harirudayatu sukṛtena) Gīt. 5.

6) Ardent desire, eagerness.

7) Poison.

8) Name of a magical incantation recited over weapons.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rabhasa (रभस).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. Speed, velocity. 2. Joy, delight. 3. Consideration of causes and events, or the past and future. 4. Regret, sorrow for something lost or absent. 5. Rashness, Precipitation. 6. Passion, rage. f.

(-sā) 1. Violent, fierce, wild. 2. Eager, strong, powerful. E. rabh to begin, asac Unadi aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rabhasa (रभस).—[rabhas + a], I. adj. Joyful, [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 1. Ii. m. 1. Joy. 2. Passion, rage, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 194, 8. 3. Speed, velocity, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 72; abl. quickly, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 190. 4. Precipitation, Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 315. 5. Regret, sorrow.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rabhasa (रभस).—[adjective] impetuous, fierce, violent, strong. [masculine] = [preceding] + energy, zeal, ardent desire of (—°); °—, [instrumental], & [ablative] = [preceding] [adverb]

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

1) Rabhasā (रभसा):—[from rabhas > rambh] ind. violently, impetuously, forcibly, roughly, [Mahābhārata; Purāṇa]

2) Rabhasa (रभस):—[from rambh] mf(ā)n. ([from] [preceding]) impetuous, violent, rapid, fierce, wild, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

3) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) eager for, desirous of [Kālidāsa]

4) [v.s. ...] strong, powerful (said of the Soma), [Ṛg-veda]

5) [v.s. ...] shining, glaring, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] m. impetuosity, vehemence, hurry, haste, speed, zeal, passion, eager desire for ([compound]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (also f(ā). , [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]; rabhasa [in the beginning of a compound]; āt ind. and ena ind. violently, impetuously, eagerly, quickly)

7) [v.s. ...] m. joy, pleasure, [Gīta-govinda]

8) [v.s. ...] regret, sorrow, [Horace H. Wilson]

9) [v.s. ...] poison, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] Name of a magical incantation recited over weapons, [Rāmāyaṇa]

11) [v.s. ...] of a Dānava ([varia lectio] raśmisa)

12) [v.s. ...] of a king (son of Rambha), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

13) [v.s. ...] of a Rākṣasa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] of a lexicographer (also called rabhasa-pāla), [Catalogue(s)]

15) [v.s. ...] of a monkey, [Rāmāyaṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rabhasa (रभस):—(saḥ) 1. m. Speed; force; joy; consideration; regret.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Rabhasa (रभस) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Raha, Rahaiṃ, Rahasa, Rahasā.

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Rabhasa 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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Rabhasa (ರಭಸ):—

1) [noun] speed or vehemence of an action.

2) [noun] a loud uproar; clamour.

3) [noun] strong, stern or fierce anger; wrath.

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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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