Tamahprabha, Tamaḥprabhā, Tamas-prabha: 8 definitions


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General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Tamahprabha in Jainism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा, “dark-colored”).—Sixth of the seven lands existing within adholoka (lower world) in Jain cosmology. These seven lands exists in downward order supported by cushions of humid atmosphere (ghana) and dense air/water (ambu), which rests in a ring of thin air (vāta) resting in space (ākāśa).

Adholoka represents the lower section of the universe and hosts the infernal beings that exists within these lands. Tamaḥprabhā features 3 stratas and 99,995 dwelling places according to the Bhagavatī-sūtra.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा) refers to the sixth of the seven earths of the “lower world” (adhaloka), according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—

Accordingly:—“the lower world (i.e., adhaloka) is established below the middle world (i.e., madhyaloka) with a depth of seven rajjus less 900 yojanas. In it are seven earths, one below the other, occupying the lower part, in which are the terrifying abodes of the hell-inhabitants. [...] Tamaḥprabhā consists of 99,995 hells. [...] In these are the hells, the places for experiencing bad karma. The pain (of punishment), disease, body (its size), age, soul-color, grief, fear, etc., must be known as increasing in the hells in succession”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds

Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा) or simply Tamas refers to one of the seven lands (bhumī) or layers of the underworld (adholoka or naraka), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.1. Each ‘land’ of hell has a hue (prabhā), which is an attribute of light. Hence this word is associated with each of the seven lands. That ‘land’ which is dark-hued is called Tamaḥprabhā. It is also known by the name Maghavī.

These seven lands (e.g., tamas-prabhā) exist in the downward order (one below the other) with Ratnaprabhā being the topmost supported by the cushions of humid atmosphere (ghana), dense air /water (ambu), which rests in a ring of thin /rarified air (vāta) resting in space (ākāśa). Tamaḥprabhā has five less than one hundred thousand infernal abodes (naraka). The maximum life span of infernal beings in Tamaḥprabhā land is twenty-two ocean-mesured-periods (sāgaropama).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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

Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा).—a sort of hell.

Tamaḥprabhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tamas and prabhā (प्रभा).

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

Tamaḥprabha (तमःप्रभ).—mf.

(-bhaḥ-bhā) A hell, one of the lowermost divisions of the infernal regions. E. tama darkness, add prabha what is manifested.

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

1) Tamaḥprabha (तमःप्रभ):—[=tamaḥ-prabha] [from tamaḥ > tam] m. Name of a hell, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([varia lectio])

2) Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा):—[=tamaḥ-prabhā] [from tamaḥ-prabha > tamaḥ > tam] f. idem, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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