Sarvamara, Sarvāmara, Sarvamāra, Sarva-mara, Sarva-amara: 2 definitions


Sarvamara 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Sarvāmara (सर्वामर) refers to “all the gods”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.6 (“The miraculous feat of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin named Nārada said to Kumāra (Kārttikeya): “[...] While you are the lord, how can there be an obstacle to my sacrifice? O lord, after pondering over this matter please fulfil my task. O lord, O son of Śiva, who else can I approach except you, who are worthy of being resorted to, who are the lord of the entire universe and are served by all the gods (sarvāmara-susevita). [...]”.

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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvamara in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Sarvamāra (सर्वमार) refers to “(conquering) all Māras (and vices)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said to Bodhisattva Maitreya: “Good, good, Maitreya, these four are the Bodhisattva’s actions. What four? (1) conquering all Māras and vices (sarvamāra-kleśa); (2) defeating all opponents in accordance with the dharma; (3) bringing all beings to maturity; (4) upholding the true dharma. Those four actions are belonging to one, namely, upholding the true dharma”.

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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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