Ratnarashi, Ratnarāśi, Ratna-rashi: 9 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ratnarāśi can be transliterated into English as Ratnarasi or Ratnarashi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि) refers to a “heap of jewels”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] At that time, the king Sarvadevābhiṣeka had paid homage and respect to the Lord for forty internal aeons (antarakalpa), making offerings of a heap of jewels (ratnarāśi), as much as Mount Sumeru, every single day. By the firmness of his merits (puṇya), the king, his sons, his village’s people and retinues generated the thought of incomparable complete awakening. [...]”.

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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.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Shodhganga: A cultural study on the jain western Indian illustrated manuscripts

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि, “heap of jewels and gems”).—The thirteenth of “fourteen dreams” of Triśalā.—The heap of jewels and gems, dazzling the entire space.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि) refers to a “heap of jewels”, according to Pūjyapāda’s Sarvārthasiddhi.—Accordingly, “[...] And even among the five-sensed beings, many belong to the animal world such as the cow, the deer, the bird, the serpent, etc. Hence human birth is as difficult of attainment as a heap of jewels (ratnarāśi) at the crossing of the roads. And if one loses the condition of a human being by negligence, it is as difficult to attain it once again, as it is difficult for a burnt tree to regain its old freshness. Even if human birth is attained, a good country, a good family, keen senses, health, etc. are more and more difficult of attainment. [...]”.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि).—

1) a heap of gems.

2) the ocean.

Derivable forms: ratnarāśiḥ (रत्नराशिः).

Ratnarāśi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ratna and rāśi (राशि).

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

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि) or Ratanarāśi.—name of a Buddha: Gaṇḍavyūha 259.1 (verse). See also next.

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

Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि).—[masculine] heap or collection of jewels.

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

1) Ratnarāśi (रत्नराशि):—[=ratna-rāśi] [from ratna] m. a heap of precious stones, collection of pearls, [Mahābhārata; Śakuntalā] etc.

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

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Ratnarashi 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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