Saphala, Saphalā: 20 definitions


Saphala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Safal.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā

Saphalā (सफला) refers to the third of twenty-six ekādaśīs according to the Garga-saṃhitā 4.8.9. Accordingly, “to attain Lord Kṛṣṇa’s mercy you should follow the vow of fasting on ekādaśī. In that way You will make Lord Kṛṣṇa into your submissive servant. Of this there is no doubt”. A person who chants the names of these twenty-six ekādaśīs (e.g., Saphalā) attains the result of following ekādaśī for one year.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Saphala (सफल) refers to a classification of pūjā (ritualistic worship) according to the Kāraṇāgama.—The Āgamas have several different classifications of nityapūjā (daily worship), based on the number of offerings, frequency, time duration and so on. The nomenclature also varies between Āgamas. The essence however is similar. Saphala is mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (30.405) as “the pūjā that ends with prāṇāgnihotra”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Saphala (सफल) refers to “becoming successful”, 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 22.5-10ab]—“[...] This Parameśvara is the ultimate substrate of [the mantras]. They have arisen through his will [i.e., they are self-arisen or self-illuminated consciousness] and [the mantras are] impelled [to act] through his Śakti. [Therefore,] all [mantras] become successful (saphala) because they have authority everywhere. Wherever [there is] grounding (ālaya) [there is] Śiva, [that] is the highest ground of all . Mantras and fruitful [because their] power arises from him”.

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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)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Saphala (सफल) refers to that which is “fruitful” (viz., a sacrifice), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] when the sage Dadhīci and others staged a walkout, the evil-minded Dakṣa, inimical to Śiva, said mocking at them.:—‘[...] They are slow-witted and senseless. They are rogues indulging in false deliberations and discussions. They are out of the Vedic circle. These men of evil conduct shall be eschewed from sacrificial rites. You all, Brahmins, sages and Devas with Viṣṇu at the head shall make my sacrifice fruitful (saphala)’”.

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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

Saphala (सफल) is the name of a Śrāvaka 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 Saphala).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saphala in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

saphala : (adj.) having its reward; bearing fruit.

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

Saphala, (adj.) (sa3+phala) bearing fruit, having its reward Dh. 52. (Page 680)

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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

saphala (सफल).—a (S) pop. saphaḷa a Bearing fruit (not fructiferous or fruitbearing, but) now bearing fruit--a tree; as saphaḷa dēkhōni divya druma || bahu dhāva- ti jēvīṃ vihaṅgama ||. 2 fig. That is now yielding profit--a trade or business: also that is fruitful, profitable, productive, remunerative, or advantageous--a business or matter in general.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

saphala (सफल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—a That is fruitful, profitable.

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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

Saphala (सफल).—a.

1) Fruitful, bearing or yielding fruit, productive (fig. also).

2) Accomplished, fulfilled, successful.

3) Not emasculated; Rām.

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

Saphala (सफल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā or lī-laṃ) Productive, fruitful, bearing fruit, yielding a profit, &c. E. sa for saha with, and phala fruit.

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

Saphala (सफल).—adj. 1. bearing fruit, [Hitopadeśa] i. [distich] 10, M. M.; rewarded, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 10, 9; fulfilled, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 27. 2. yielding a profit. 3. blessed, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 373.

Saphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sa and phala (फल).

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

Saphala (सफल).—[adjective] having fruits or testicles; having reward, profit, or success.

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

1) Saphala (सफल):—[=sa-phala] mf(ā)n. together with fruits, having or bearing fruit or seed, fruitful (as a tree), [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra; Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] ‘having seed’ id est. possessing testicles, not emasculated, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] having good results, productive, profitable, successful (with √kṛ, ‘to fulfil’, ‘keep a promise’), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] together with the result, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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

Saphala (सफल):—[sa-phala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Having fruit, productive, profitable, successful, of use.

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

Saphala (सफल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Saphala, Sahala.

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saphala in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Saphala (सफल) [Also spelled safal]:—(a) successful; effective; fruitful; ~[] success; achievement; •[kī kuṃjī] key to success; —[honā] to succeed.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Saphala (सफल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Saphala.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Saphala (ಸಫಲ):—

1) [adjective] bearing fruit or much fruit.

2) [adjective] producing results; profitable; not useless; fruitful.

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Saphala (ಸಫಲ):—[noun] the state of being profitable, fruitful; fruitfulness.

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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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