Sarvavidya, Sārvavidya: 5 definitions

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sarvavidya in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sarvavidyā (सर्वविद्या) refers to “all lores”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.28 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin): “[...] Sadāśiva is the support and receptacle of all lores [i.e., sarvavidyāsa sarvāsāṃ hi vidyānāmadhiṣṭhānaṃ sadāśivaḥ]. Of what avail is learning to Him who is perfect and the supreme soul? At the beginning of the Kalpa, all the Vedas were given by Śiva to Viṣṇu in the form of breath. Who can be a good lord equal to Him? How can He be measured in age, He who is primordial to everything and everyone. Even primordial nature (Prakṛti) is born of Him. Of what avail is then Energy to Him? [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sārvavidya (सार्वविद्य).—Omniscience.

Derivable forms: sārvavidyam (सार्वविद्यम्).

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

Sarvavidya (सर्वविद्य).—[adjective] = [preceding]; [feminine] ā all knowledge.

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

1) Sarvavidya (सर्वविद्य):—[=sarva-vidya] [from sarva] mfn. possessing all science, omniscient, [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad]

2) Sarvavidyā (सर्वविद्या):—[=sarva-vidyā] [from sarva-vidya > sarva] f. all science, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] every sc°, [plural] all sc°, [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka]

4) Sārvavidya (सार्वविद्य):—[=sārva-vidya] [from sārva] n. ([from] sarva-vidyā) omniscience [gana] catur-varṇādi.

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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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