Sarvabhava, Sarvābhāva, Sarva-abhava, Sarvabhāva, Sarva-bhava: 11 definitions


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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvabhava in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव) refers to “all existing things”, according to the Devīpañcaśataka, an important source of the Kālīkrama that developed in Kashmir after the Kālī Mata of the Jayadrathayāmala.—Accordingly, “The Great God—Mahādeva—is beyond Śakti, supreme bliss, free of qualities and supports, unchanging, supreme, pure, free of cause and (without) example, present within all existing things [i.e., sarvabhāva-antara-stha], beyond the Void, free of defects, omnipresent, the doer of all things, free, full of nectar and, unconditioned, is present in all living beings. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sarvabhava in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव) refers to “fine emotions” [?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.22 (“Description of Pārvatī’s penance”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī thought to herself: “[...] In the Śāstras and the Vedas, lord Śiva is always sung in praise by the sages as the bestower of welfare, omniscient, all-pervading and all-seer. The lord is the bestower of all riches, the moulder of fine emotions [i.e., sarvabhāva-anubhāvana], the bestower of the desires of devotees and the remover of their distress. If I am devoted to the bull-bannered lord, discarding all desires, may He be pleased with me. [...]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvabhava in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव) refers to “all feelings”, according to the Sarvajñānottara verse 20.34-39.—Accordingly, while discussing the culmination of detachment (for the process of attaining the no-mind state): “Having abandoned those feelings connected with his region, caste, his caste-class and religious disciplines, the wise should meditate on his own [inner] state. Abandoning all such feelings (sarvabhāva) as ‘this is [my] mantra’, ‘this is [my] deity’, ‘this is [my] meditation’ [or] ‘this is [my] austerity’, he should meditate on his own [inner] state. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव) refers to the “whole soul”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “I confess to making pleasurable intoxicants, depositing faults, completely, in front again, making the most excellent union, disciple Khaḍga Jinottama, Arhat, Buddha, capable, good, agreeable (and) awake, I bow completely, the triad, Jinaratna, etc., I am taking as much refuge, with my whole soul (sarvabhāva), bestowing awakened mind, the best path, practicing yoga in this manner. Vow being, knowledge being, observe one motion”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sarvābhāva (सर्वाभाव).—nonexistence or failure of all; इतरेषां तु वर्णानां सर्वाभावे हरेन्नृपः (itareṣāṃ tu varṇānāṃ sarvābhāve harennṛpaḥ) Manusmṛti 9.189.

Derivable forms: sarvābhāvaḥ (सर्वाभावः).

Sarvābhāva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sarva and abhāva (अभाव).

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Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव).—allbeing or nature; (sarvabhāvena 'with all one's heart, sincerely, heart and soul').

Derivable forms: sarvabhāvaḥ (सर्वभावः).

Sarvabhāva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sarva and bhāva (भाव).

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

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव) or Sarvvabhāva.—m.

(-vaḥ) Whole disposition, all one’s thoughts and purpose. E. sarva, and bhāva disposition.

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

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव).—m. one’s whole being, [Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 33.

Sarvabhāva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sarva and bhāva (भाव).

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

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव).—[masculine] the whole heart or soul; °— & [instrumental] with all the heart.

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Sarvābhāva (सर्वाभाव).—[masculine] absence of all.

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

1) Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव):—[=sarva-bhāva] [from sarva] m. (ifc. f(ā). ) whole being or nature, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] the whole heart or soul, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] complete satisfaction, [Bālarāmāyaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] [plural] all objects, [Maitrī-upaniṣad; Manu-smṛti]

5) [v.s. ...] ena ([Bhagavad-gītā; Hitopadeśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]) or ais ([Pañcarātra]) or [in the beginning of a compound] ([Rāmāyaṇa]), with all one’s thoughts, with one’s whole soul

6) Sarvābhāva (सर्वाभाव):—[from sarva] m. non-existence or failure of all, [Āpastamba; Manu-smṛti ix, 189]

7) [v.s. ...] absolute non-existence, [Sāṃkhyakārikā]

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

Sarvabhāva (सर्वभाव):—(vaḥ) 1. m. All the heart.

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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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