Tamahprabha, aka: Tamaḥprabhā, Tamas-prabha; 3 Definition(s)


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General definition (in Jainism)

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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: Wisdom Library: Jainism

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 (eg., 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).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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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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Tamaḥprabhā (तमःप्रभा).—a sort of hell.

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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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