Vananta, Vanānta, Vana-anta: 8 definitions

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Vananta means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vanānta (वनान्त) refers to “inside the forest”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “This most powerful [and] cruel death devours against their will the life of those who possess a body that has settled in the middle world, in hell, in the world of Brahmā, in Indra’s abode, in the middle of the ocean, inside the forest (vanānta), at all quarters of the globe, on a mountain-peak, in a place difficult of access on account of fire, forest, cold, darkness, thunderbolts [and] swords, or in [a place] crowded with a troop of ruttish elephants”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vanānta (वनान्त).—

1) the skirts or borders of a forest; वृत्तः स नौ संगतयोर्वनान्ते (vṛttaḥ sa nau saṃgatayorvanānte) R.2.58.

2) the forest region itself, wood; वनान्तशय्याकठिनीकृताकृती (vanāntaśayyākaṭhinīkṛtākṛtī) Kirātārjunīya 1.36; अन्तःकूजन् मुखरशकुनो यत्र रम्यो वनान्तः (antaḥkūjan mukharaśakuno yatra ramyo vanāntaḥ) Uttararāmacarita 2.25.

Derivable forms: vanāntaḥ (वनान्तः).

Vanānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vana and anta (अन्त).

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

Vanānta (वनान्त).—n.

(-ntaṃ) The skirts of a wood. E. vana, anta end.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vanānta (वनान्त).—1. [masculine] (region of a) forest.

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Vanānta (वनान्त).—2. [adjective] bounded by a forest.

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

1) Vanānta (वनान्त):—[from vana > van] m. ‘forest-region’, a wood, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. bounded by a f°, [Harivaṃśa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vanānta (वनान्त):—[vanā+nta] (ntaṃ) 1. n. Skirts of a wood.

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Vananta in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vananta refers to: the border of the forest, the forest itself Sn. 708, 709; Pv. II, 310 (=vana C.).

Note: vananta is a Pali compound consisting of the words vana and anta.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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