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Vidhūma, aka: Vidhūmā, Vidhuma; 4 Definition(s)

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Vidhūma means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Vidhūma can be transliterated into English as Vidhuma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

Vidhūma (विधूम) is the name of a vasu who fell in love with an apsara named Alambuṣā at the Court of Brahmā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. After being cursed by Indra, Vidhūma got reborn as Sahasrānīka, the son of King Śatānīka.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’) is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta’s quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas. 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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

1) Vidhūmā (विधूमा):—One of the twelve guṇas associated with Vahni, the third seat of the Svādhiṣṭhāna-chakra. According to tantric sources such as the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the Gorakṣasaṃhitā (Kādiprakaraṇa), these twelve guṇas are represented as female deities. According to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā however, they are explained as particular syllables. They (eg. Vidhūmā) only seem to play an minor role with regard to the interpretation of the Devīcakra (first of five chakras, as taught in the Kubjikāmata-tantra).

2) Vidhūmā (विधूमा):—One of the sixteen yoginīs representing the sixteen petals of the Dūtīcakra. The sixteen petals comprise the outer furnishment, whereupon the abode of the Dūtīs is situated. The Dūtīs refer to the eighty-one “female messengers/deties” of the Dūtīcakra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

In Buddhism

Pali

Vidhūma, (& vidhuma) (adj.) (vi+dhūma) “without smoke, ” i.e. passionless, quiet, emancipated S. I, 141 (K. S. : “no fume of vice is his”); Sn. 460 (=kodhadhūma-vigamena v. SnA 405), 1048 (cp. Nd2 576 with long exegesis); Pv IV. 134 (=vigata-micchā-vitakkadhūma PvA. 230). (Page 623)

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

vidhūma : (adj.) smokeless; passionless.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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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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