Smarya: 4 definitions


Smarya 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Smārya (स्मार्य) refers to “having called something to mind” (as part of an offering ceremony), 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, [while describing an offering manual] “[...] All Nāgas will be bound. There will be a closing of the boundaries for seven yojanas all around. Having enchanted a vajra 108 times, the Nāgas should be warded off. Having called it to mind (smārya) only once, one can ward off all winds, clouds and thunderbolts. All are destroyed. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Smarya (स्मर्य).—a. To be remembered, memorable.

See also (synonyms): smaraṇīya, smartavya.

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

1) Smarya (स्मर्य):—[from smṛ] mfn. to be remembered, memorable (cf. smara-smarya), [Pañcarātra]

2) Smārya (स्मार्य):—[from smṛ] mfn. to be remembered, memorable, [Vopadeva]

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Smarya 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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