Yanuna, Yanūna, Yan-nuna: 1 definition


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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yanūna (यनून) or Yaṃ-nūna.—(before aham) also nūnam but in Mahāvastu nūnāhaṃ, rarely nūnaṃ (= Pali yan nūna, rarely nūnaṃ; compare prec.), suppose now, with 1 sg. opt. or (rarely) indic.; according to [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary], Pali yan nūna is or may be used in the meaning suppose rather, suggesting an alternative to some other course: once Saddharmapuṇḍarīka seems clearly to favor this; after yan nu…nirgamayeyaṃ Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 73.2—3, suppose I cause them to come out…, a tentative proposal, there follows: yan nūnam aham etān saṃcodayeyam 73.5, suppose rather…, with nūnam instead of nu; no other so clear case, but rather may, at least possibly, be meant in yaṃ nūna…Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 55.10 (verse), suppose (instead of entering nir- vāṇa) that I (reveal the Buddha-bodhi); 196.7 (verse); Lalitavistara 393.2 (verse); also in yan nūnāhaṃ Mahāvastu i.35.1; 37.7; 54.12; 343.6; ii.117.18; but the meaning suppose rather seems hardly possible in yan nūnam aham…Lalitavistara 258.21 (verse; verb here samārabhe, could be opt. or 1 sg. ind. mid.); nor in most of the following: yaṃ nūnaṃ Mahāvastu i.268.3; yan nūnāhaṃ i.51.7 (prose; verb is tiṣṭhehaṃ, see § 31.21, v.l. °eyaṃ), 14 (verb is sthātum icchāmi, pres. ind.); ii.118.5, 11 (in 11, if Senart's text is right, no verb! only dats. of nouns! since adhigami and sākṣākari in 12 seems clearly aorists, statements of fact, not dependent on yan nūnāhaṃ, which is followed by etasyaiva dharmasya prāptaye sākṣātkriyāyai; which seems to complete the sentence); 124.9; with pres. indic. verb ii.149.21 (here rather is perhaps possible for yan nūnāhaṃ). In Pali, besides opt., fut. indic. is recorded: Childers 603, top of 2d column; compare tiṣṭhehaṃ Mahāvastu i.51.7, above.

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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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