Sunetra, aka: Su-netra; 9 Definition(s)
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Katha (narrative stories)
Sunetra (सुनेत्र) is the name of a Vidyādhara who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side, but was slain by Prabhāsa, who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... then a fight took place between those Vidyādhara princes on the one side and Prabhāsa and his comrades on the other, in which there was a great slaughter of soldiers. And in the single combats between the two hosts many warriors were slain on both sides, men, Asuras and Vidyādharas... Then the Vidyādhara hero Hiraṇyākṣa was killed by Abhimanyu, but Abhimanyu and Haribhaṭa were slain by Sunetra. And Sunetra was killed by Prabhāsa, who cut off his head”.
The story of Sunetra was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sunetra, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
1) Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—One of the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, the other sons being Kuṇḍaka, Hasti, Vitarka, Krātha, Kuṇḍina, Haviśravas, Bhumanyu, Pratīpa, Dharmanetra, Sunetra and Aparājita. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verses 58-60).
2) Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—A son of Garuḍa. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 2).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—A son of Śukī and Garuḍa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 450.
1b) A Bṛhadratha; ruled for 40 years.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 129; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 306.
1c) A son of Kauśika in previous births, born as Cakravāka in Mānasa.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 20. 18.
1d) A son of Anuvrata, ruled for 25 years.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 271. 26.
1e) A Yakṣa king in Kailāsa.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 25.
1f) A son of Maṇivara.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 160.
1g) A son of Niramitra and father of Bṛhadkarma.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 23. 4.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Sunetra (सुनाम, “beautiful eyes”):—One of the six sons of Garuḍa (mount of Viṣṇu) and his wife Unnati, according to the Purāṇas. Garuḍa represents the mantras of the Vedas which carry the Lord of Sacrifices.Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Sunetra (सुनेत्र) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.
Sunetra is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
Sunetra (सुनेत्र) is the name of a Dharma teacher according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—“Thus the teacher Miao yen (Sunetra) said: ‘I have preached the Dharma to people and they have all been reborn among the Brahmakāyikas; I should not be reborn in the same place as my disciples; I am going to develop a higher loving-kindness’”.
Note: Sunetra is particularly known by two sūtras, the Saptasūryodaya-sūtra and the Suṇetra-sūtra.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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
Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—a. having good or beautiful eyes.
Sunetra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and netra (नेत्र).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-trā) Beautiful-eyed.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 13 - The story of Sunetra < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Act 7.2: Description of the Śuddhavāsika and Brahmaloka gods < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Emptiness 9: Absolute emptiness < [Chapter XLVIII - The Eighteen Emptinesses]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
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The Mahavastu (great story) (by J. J. Jones)
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The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 42 - Power of the Pitṛs < [Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā]
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The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)