Vajrabhra, Vajra-abhra, Vajrābhra: 3 definitions


Vajrabhra means something in 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 Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Vajrābhra (वज्राभ्र) is one of the four sub-varieties of Abhraka (‘mica’), a group of silicate minerals, according to the Sanskrit work called the Rasaprakāśasudhākara (treatise on rasaśāstra literature). It is also known as Vajrābhraka (वज्राभ्रक). Mica is further subdivided in four different colors: śveta (‘white’), rakta (‘red’), pīta (‘yellow’) and kṛṣṇa (‘black’).

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 4-5

Vajrābhra variety when heated strongly on fire never develops any vikṛti (change in shape and form) and on internal use, it makes the body as strong as vajra (the weapon of Lord Indra) and checks even death.

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Vajrābhra (वज्राभ्र):—[from vajra > vaj] n. a species of dark-coloured talc, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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