Ratnagarbha, Ratna-garbha: 17 definitions


Ratnagarbha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Ratnagarbhā (रत्नगर्भा) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Ratnagarbhā], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ratnagarbha in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ) refers to “(that which) contains jewels”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 6.36cd-45, while describing rituals involving the śaśimaṇḍala]—“[...] Then, after [the Mantrin] has honored [Mṛtyujit], with a great and auspicious battle-cry, he anoints [the sick person] on the head, [with a substance from] from a pot with a spout that resembles a white lotus, filled with water that contains jewels (ratnagarbha-ambupūrita), [and includes] all kinds of [medicinal] herbs. [Originally] afflicted by various disease, he is [now] liberated, there is no doubt”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ratnagarbha in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ratnagarbhā (रत्नगर्भा) is a name for the earth (lit. “having gems in the womb”), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.31 (“Description of Śiva’s magic”).—Accordingly, as the Gods though amongst themselves: “If the mountain were to give his daughter to Śiva with single-minded devotion he will attain salvation immediately and will disappear from Bhārata. The mountain is the storehouse of endless gems (ananta-ratnādhāra). If he were to leave off the Earth and go, the name of the Earth—Ratnagarbhā (having gems in the womb)—shall be a misnomer. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Ratnagarbha).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Google Books: Commentary on Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ) is the name of a Tathāgata, mentioned in the Lotus Sūtra.—[Question:]—How many Buddhas did Master Śākyamuni worship when he was a Bodisattva in order to attain Buddha-hood? [Reply:]—There are two parts: (1) the general awakening mind and (2) establishing the two collections. [...] The Lotus Sūtra states: “When I was the Brahman Samudrareṇu, I generated the awakening mind in the presence of the Tathāgata Ratnagarbha”.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Ratnagarbha in Jainism glossary
Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Ratnagarbhā (रत्नगर्भा) refers to the “earth”, according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as the Dikkumārikās said to Jinendra and the Jina’s mother: “Hail! Long live! Rejoice, you whose son is for the delight of the world. O Mother of the World, this is a fortunate moment for us to-day because of the sight of you. The ocean (Ratnākara), Ratnaśaila (mountain of jewels), and the earth (Ratnagarbhā)—these are useless. You alone are the source of jewels, since you have borne this jewel of a son. We Dikkumārikās, living in the center of Rucaka, have come here to perform the Arhat’s birth-ceremonies. You must not be afraid”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ).—

1) Kubera.

2) the sea.

-rbhā the earth.

Derivable forms: ratnagarbhaḥ (रत्नगर्भः).

Ratnagarbha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and garbha (गर्भ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ).—name of one or more Bodhisattvas: Mahāvyutpatti 665; Gaṇḍavyūha 2.24; Daśabhūmikasūtra. 2.5 (in all these in lists of B.'s, among other names ending in -garbha); Lalitavistara 294.20 (here one living in the buddhakṣetra of Samantadarśin in the nadir).

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

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ).—m.

(-rbhaḥ) 1. The god of wealth, Kuvera. 2. The ocean. f.

(-rbhā) The earth. E. ratna a jewel, and garbha embryo.

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

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ).—I. m. Kuvera. Ii. f. bhā, the earth.

Ratnagarbha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and garbha (गर्भ).

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

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ).—[adjective] filled with jewels; [feminine] ā the earth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Hiraṇyagarbha, grandson of Mādhava: Mahābhārataṭīkā. Vaiṣṇavākūtacandrikā Viṣṇupurāṇaṭīkā. He quotes the
—[commentary] of Sūryakaramiśra.

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

1) Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ):—[=ratna-garbha] [from ratna] mfn. filled with precious stones, containing jewels, set with j°, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. the sea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Kubera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Bodhi-sattva, [Lalita-vistara; Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] of a commentator, [Catalogue(s); Horace H. Wilson]

6) [v.s. ...] (with sārvabhauma) of another author, [Catalogue(s)]

7) Ratnagarbhā (रत्नगर्भा):—[=ratna-garbhā] [from ratna-garbha > ratna] f. the earth, [Prasannarāghava; Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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

Ratnagarbha (रत्नगर्भ):—[ratna-garbha] (rbhaḥ) 1. m. The god of wealth; the ocean. f. (bhā) The earth.

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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»] — Ratnagarbha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ratnagarbha (ರತ್ನಗರ್ಭ):—

1) [noun] that which contains gems and other precious stones within.

2) [noun] the sea or ocean.

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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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