Rashmi, aka: Raśmi, Rasmi; 9 Definition(s)


Rashmi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Raśmi can be transliterated into English as Rasmi or Rashmi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


Raśmi (रश्मि).—One of the 20 Sutapa gaṇas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 15.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Raśmi (रश्मि) is a Sanskrit technical term referring the “reins” of a chariot (yāna). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.291-292)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Raśmi (रश्मि) is not rarely found in the sense of ‘rope’ generally; but more usually it denotes either the ‘reins’ or the ‘traces’ of a chariot, either sense being equally good in most passages.

2) Raśmi (रश्मि) in the Rigveda and later regularly denotes a ‘ray’ of the sun.

(Source): archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Raśmi (रश्मि, “rays”).—According to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), there are occasions (samaya) when the Buddha emits great rays (raśmi) and manifests his great miraculous power (ṛddhibala): when he attains bodhi, when he turns the wheel of Dharma (dharmacakra), when a great assembly of Devas and Āryas gathers, when he astounds the heretics (tīrthika). He emits great rays on all these occasions. Indeed, it is in order to manifest his superiority (viśeṣa) that he emits great rays, so that all the beings of the ten directions, human and divine, so that all the Arhats, Pratyekabuddhas and Bodhisattvas might know him by sight. This is why he enters into the samādhirājasamādhi.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

rasmi : (f.) a cord; a rein; ray of light.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Rasmi, see raṃsi. (Page 567)

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

Marathi-English dictionary

raśmi (रश्मि).—m S A ray of light.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

raśmi (रश्मि).—m A ray of light.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Raśmi (रश्मि).—[aś-mi dhāto ruṭ, raś-mi vā; cf. Uṇ.4.46]

1) A string, cord, rope; अपतद्देवराजस्य मुक्तरश्मिरिव ध्वजः (apataddevarājasya muktaraśmiriva dhvajaḥ) Rām.4.17.2.

2) A bridle, rein; मुक्तेषु रश्मिषु निरायतपूर्व- कायाः (mukteṣu raśmiṣu nirāyatapūrva- kāyāḥ) Ś.1.8; रश्मिसंयमनात् (raśmisaṃyamanāt) Ś.1; Ki.7.19.

3) A goad, whip.

4) A beam, ray of light; ज्योतीषि वर्तयति च प्रवि- भक्तरश्मिः (jyotīṣi vartayati ca pravi- bhaktaraśmiḥ) Ś.7.6; N.22.56; so हिमरश्मि (himaraśmi) &c.

5) An eyelash.

6) A measuring cord; परि यो रश्मिना दिवो (pari yo raśminā divo) Ṛv.8. 25.18.

7) A finger (Ved.).

Derivable forms: raśmiḥ (रश्मिः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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