Ratnakara, aka: Ratnākara; 5 Definition(s)
Ratnakara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.
Ratnākara (रत्नाकर).—Ocean personified.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 15. 21.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Ratnākara (रत्नाकर) is one of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, mentioned in a list of twenty-two in to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13.—They were at the head of countless thousands of koṭinayuta of Bodhisattva-mahāsattvas who were all still awaiting succession and will still accede to Buddhahood. He is also known as La na kie lo or Pai tsi.
Ratnākara is one of the sixteen classified as a lay (gṛhastha) Bodhisattva: Ratnākara, a young prince (kumāra), lives in Vaiśālī.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
India history and geogprahy
Pandit Ratnakara lived much later than Kalhana and probably wrote the history of Kashmir from 449 CE. The work of Ratnakara contained a list of 35 unknown kings and also 7 unknown kings who ruled over Kashmir. It is unbelievable that Kalhana was unaware of the Rajatarangini of Ratnakara (if it was written prior to Kalhana) as claimed by some historians. Ratnakara wrote the history of Kashmir after 449 CE but unfortunately no manuscript is available today.(Source): academia.edu: The Yona or Yavana Kings of the time of the Legendary King Ashoka
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
ratnākara (रत्नाकर).—m (S) A jewel-mine. 2 A descriptive term for the ocean (as the great repository of jewels). ra0 āḷaviṇēṃ (To soothe the sea.) To fall to blubbering or weeping, and give up weakly (a work commanded or undertaken). Ex. hā raḍatōṇḍyā kharā jēthēṃ kāmāsa pāṭhavāvā tēthūna ratnākara āḷavīta yētō.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
ratnākara (रत्नाकर).—m A jewel-mine; the ocean.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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Search found 22 books and stories containing Ratnakara or Ratnākara. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 10.2: Samantaraśmi greets the Buddha Śākyamuni < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Act 9.6: Ratnākara approves of Samantaraśmi’s venture to the Sahā universe < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Act 9.1: Description of the Ratnāvatī universe and the Buddha Ratnākara < [Chapter XV - The Arrival of the Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 14 - Chemists of the Metallic School: Shambhu < [A Brief History of Indian Chemistry and Medicine]
Part 13 - Chemists of the Metallic School: Ratnakosha < [A Brief History of Indian Chemistry and Medicine]
Part 9 - Chemists of the Metallic School: Kapali, author of Rasa-raja-mahodadhi < [A Brief History of Indian Chemistry and Medicine]
Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra (by Vimalakirti)
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Section 183 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 254 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 3 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 11 - Veṅkaṭanātha’s treatment of Inference < [Chapter XX - Philosophy of the Rāmānuja School of Thought]
Part 9 - Error and Doubt according to Veṅkaṭanātha < [Chapter XX - Philosophy of the Rāmānuja School of Thought]
Part 4 - Rāmānuja Literature < [Chapter XVIII - An Historical and Literary Survey of the Viśiṣṭādvaita School of Thought]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
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