Sarvabija, Sarvabījā: 5 definitions
Sarvabija 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Sarvabījā (सर्वबीजा).—A Mudrādevī.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 14; 44, 115.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Sarvabīja (सर्वबीज) refers to “(a place which is) full of all the seeds”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The venerable great lord of Oḍra resides in the cavity in the Middle Land. It is (Oḍḍiyāna) the first (sacred seat) and, yellow in colour, it has mountains, forests, and groves, large and small, and is adorned with golden walls. It has rivers and rivulets and many (other) things. It is full of all the seeds [i.e., sarvabīja-samākīrṇa] and is square all around. It has thunderbolts as door chains and Mālinī (who resides there) holds a thunderbolt (vajra) in her hand. Endowed with the sovereignty of the Wheels, it is the sacred seat (Udyāna) attended by the mistress of the sacred seat”.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Sarvabīja (सर्वबीज) refers to “all types of seeds”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān said to the great Nāga kings]: “Now I will teach the auspicious offering manual which can bring about any effect. [...] All flowers, fruits and crops will be well developed. They will be perfectly ripe and juicy. All seeds (sarvabīja) shoot forth easily developed. All Kṛtyā-sorcery and Kākhordas will perish. [...]”.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Sarvabīja (सर्वबीज):—[=sarva-bīja] [from sarva] n. the seed of everything, [Pañcarātra]
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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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Bija, Sharva.
Full-text: Sarvabijin, Prakriti, Ruh.
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Garga Samhita (English) (by Danavir Goswami)
Verse 3.6.26 < [Chapter 6 - The Test of Śrī Kṛṣṇa]
Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) (by G.V. Tagare)
Chapter 19 - Deities stationed on the chariots (cakrarāja)
Chapter 44 - Meditation on the Goddess
Chapter 43 - Types of Initiation and True Service of the Preceptor
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - Thought and its Object in Buddhism and in Vedānta < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]