Sarvada, Sarvadā, Sarva-da: 16 definitions


Sarvada means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, 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 Sarvda.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sarvada (सर्वद) refers to the “bestower of all” and is used to describe Śiva, in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.15. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On arrival there, after paying respects to the lord [Śiva] with great excitement we lauded Him with various hymns with palms joined in reverence. The Devas said: [...] Obeisance to the lord of salvation who is accessible only through the cessation of worldly activities. Obeisance to Thee the great Puruṣa, the great lord, the bestower of all [viz., Sarvada]”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Sarvada (सर्वद) refers to “all-bestowing”, 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 21.9cd-14]—“[...] The Gods and Asuras view mantras are seen as powerful and invincible. [Mantras] confer benefits [because they are] all-favoring, all-bestowing (sarvada), all-pervading, and Śiva. Briefly, O Mahadeva, speak to my question. There is not anyone higher than yourself, O Lord of the World. Please tell all, O Great Śiva, if I please you, O Lord”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Sarvadā (सर्वदा) means “in every way”, according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] For one whose self-awakening has arisen, who is in every way (sarvadā) detached and is always devoted to practice, this [adherence to sectarian emblems] is not useful anywhere. Then, the different gazing points, the various other postures and states of mind are useless to the yogin. [...]”.

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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sarvada (सर्वद) is the name of a king according to a note from the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX).—“Thus, king Sa p’o ta (Sarvada), ‘universal generosity’ in the language of Ts’in, having been conquered by an enemy kingdom, hid in a forest. A Brahmin of a distant region came to beg alms of him. The king, whose kingdom was lost, his home destroyed and who was in hiding by himself, took pity on the fatigue (ārta) of this man who had come so far without receiving anything, and said to this Brahmin: ‘I am king Sarvada; the new king has enlisted men to search for me and places great importance on my capture’. At once he chained himself and gave himself up to the Brahmin who led him to the new king and was given a big reward”

Note: Later,  the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra will return to this jātaka; here the king has the name Sa p’o ta to (Sarvaṃdada). The same jātaka is taught in the Ta tchouang yen louen king, Tsa p’i yu king. In these two collections, the story has a favorable ending: the usurper king re-establishes Sarvada on the throne and goes home. On the other hand, in the Lieou tou tsi king, the good king is put to death by the usurper.

Note: Hiuan tsang, Si yu ki, locates the feat of Sarvaṃdada at the Mahāvana monastery on the side of a mountain two hundred li south of Maṅgalapura; archeologists place Mahāvana at Sounigrām.

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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)

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

Sarvadā (सर्वदा) refers to “always”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Indeed, alone, the self roams about in the impassable wilderness of the world which is full of great misfortune [and] inflamed by the fire of suffering. The same [self] always (sarvatra) takes hold of the interior of a body entirely to experience the good and bad result developed from its own action by itself”.

Synonyms: Sarvatra.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sarvadā (सर्वदा).—ad (S) Always.

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sarvadā (सर्वदा).—m (sarva) A term, allusively to their constant practice of predicting good fortune to those who consult them, for the fortune-tellers, almanacmakers &c. called ḍākōcā or ḍākōtā.

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

sarvadā (सर्वदा).—ad Always.

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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

Sarvadā (सर्वदा).—ind. At all times, always, for ever; सर्वदा सर्वदोऽसीति मिथ्या त्वं कथ्यसे बुधैः (sarvadā sarvado'sīti mithyā tvaṃ kathyase budhaiḥ) Bhojaprabandha 31.

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Sarvada (सर्वद).—Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: sarvadaḥ (सर्वदः).

Sarvada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sarva and da (द).

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

Sarvadā (सर्वदा) or Sarvvadā.—Ind. Always, at all times. E. sarva all, and dāc aff.

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

Sarvadā (सर्वदा).—[sarva + dā], adv. At all times, always, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 10, 23; [Pañcatantra] ii. [distich] 25.

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

Sarvada (सर्वद).—[masculine] all-giving.

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Sarvadā (सर्वदा).—[adverb] always, for ever.

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

1) Sarvada (सर्वद):—[=sarva-da] [from sarva] mf(ā)n. all-bestowing, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension; Kuvalayānanda; Pañcarātra]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) Sarvadā (सर्वदा):—[=sarva-dā] [from sarva] a See sub voce

4) [from sarva] b ind. always, at all times (often joined with sarvatra and sarvathā; with na, ‘never’), [Atharva-veda]; etc.

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

Sarvadā (सर्वदा):—adv. Always, at all times.

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Sarvada 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sarvadā (सर्वदा) [Also spelled sarvda]:—(ind) always, at all times.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sarvada (ಸರ್ವದ):—[noun] he who gives anything or everything; the Supreme Being.

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Sarvadā (ಸರ್ವದಾ):—[adverb] at all times; alland on every occasion.

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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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