Sunetra, Su-netra: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

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: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

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.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—a. having good or beautiful eyes.

Sunetra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and netra (नेत्र).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—(1) name of a former Buddha (or several?): Mahāvastu i.137.12; iii.235.10; (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 64.1; 68.27; 130.3; 365.17; 499.23; (2) name of a future Buddha: Mahāvastu ii.355.6 = iii.279.11; [Page599-b+ 71] Gaṇḍavyūha 441.25; (3) name of a previous incarnation of Śākyamuni: Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 23.16; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 141.5; (4) name of a Bodhisattva: Gaṇḍavyūha 2.26; (5) (= Pali Sunetta, 4 in Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names)) name of an ancient teacher: Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 37.1, 3; perhaps the same is meant by the maharṣi S. of Mahā-Māyūrī 257.3; (6) name of a son of Māra, favorable to the Bodhisattva: Lalitavistara 310.12; (7) name of a śreṣṭhin's son: Gaṇḍavyūha 51.23; (8) name of a rākṣasa prince, guardian of the Bodhi- sattvasaṃgītiprāsāda (see saṃgīti 1) in Kapilavastu: Gaṇḍavyūha 432.25; (9) name of a yakṣa leader: Mahā-Māyūrī 235.11.

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Sunetrā (सुनेत्रा).—(1) name of a Śākyan woman, wife of Daṇḍa-pāṇi: Gaṇḍavyūha 420.19; (2) name of a rākṣasī: Mahā-Māyūrī 240.23.

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

Sunetra (सुनेत्र).—f.

(-trā) Beautiful-eyed.

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

1) Sunetra (सुनेत्र):—[=su-netra] [from su > su-nakṣatra] m. ‘fair-eyed’ or ‘having a good leader’ Name of a Māra-putra, [Lalita-vistara]

2) [v.s. ...] of a son of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Vainateya, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of the 13th Manu, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] of a son of Suvrata, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] of a Cakra-vāka, [Harivaṃśa]

7) Sunetrā (सुनेत्रा):—[=su-netrā] [from su-netra > su > su-nakṣatra] f. ([scilicet] tuṣṭi; in Sāṃkhya) one of the 9 kinds of acquiescence (cf. su-pāra), [Tattvasamāsa]

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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. 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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