Yashas, Yaśas, Yashash: 13 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Yaśas can be transliterated into English as Yasas or Yashas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Yaśas (यशस्).—Father of Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Mahāviṣṇu. Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 16, mentions that towards the end of Kaliyuga all people will become atheists, there will be an intermixture of castes and all people will become thieves and devoid of virtue. At that time, the 15 branches of the Veda called Vājasaneyas alone will be the authority. Mlecchas (low-class people) assuming the form of Kings will begin to eat human beings. Agni Purāṇa states further that at that time, Lord Viṣṇu will incarnate as Kalki, the son of Yaśas and Yājñavalkya’s priest and after training himself in archery and weapons, annihilate all Mlecchas.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Yaśas (यशस्, “ambition”) refers to a quality which is renunciated by the Bodhisattvas, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. Just as a heavy frost destroys the five grains, so greed (lābha) and ambition (yaśas) destroy the young shoots (bīja) of the qualities (guṇa) and prevent them from prospering.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Yaśas (यशस्, “fame”) refers to one of the “eight worldly conditions” (lokadharma) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 61). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., yaśas). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Yaśas.—(CII 1), glory in this life; cf. yaśo vā kīrtir = vā. See kīrti. Note: yaśas is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yaśas (यशस्).—a. [aś stutau asun dhātoḥ lyuṭ ca Uṇ.4.19]

1) Lovely, agreeable, worthy.

2) Honoured. -n. Fame. reputation, glory, renown; विस्तीर्यते यशो लोके तैलबिन्दु- रिवाम्भसि (vistīryate yaśo loke tailabindu- rivāmbhasi) Ms.7.34; यशस्तु रक्ष्यं परतो यशोधनैः (yaśastu rakṣyaṃ parato yaśodhanaiḥ) R.3.48; 2.4.

2) An object of glory or respect, a person of distinction.

3) Ved. Beauty, splendour.

4) Favour, partiality.

5) Wealth.

6) Food.

7) Water.

8) An assemblage of rare merits; यावद् हि प्रथते लोके पुरुषस्य यशो भुवि । तावत् तस्याक्षया कीर्तिर्भवतीति विनिश्चिता (yāvad hi prathate loke puruṣasya yaśo bhuvi | tāvat tasyākṣayā kīrtirbhavatīti viniścitā) || Mb.12.54.32 (com. yaśaḥ paracittacamatkṛtijanako guṇaughaḥ).

9) An indirect fame (parokṣakīrti); तपति च कीर्त्या यशसा ब्रह्मवर्चसेन (tapati ca kīrtyā yaśasā brahmavarcasena) Ch. Up.3. 18.3.

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

Yaśas (यशस्).—also (even in prose of Divyāvadāna and Sukhāvatīvyūha) Yaśa, (1) name of a Buddhist elder (sthavira): Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.188.8 ff.; in the time of Aśoka, but possibly meant as identical with Pali 1 Yasa Thera of Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names) (see Yaśoda, Yaśodeva), disciple of the Buddha (see Piṇḍola Bharadvāja, whom Yaśa introduces to Aśoka), sthavira-Yaśasam Divyāvadāna 381.12, °śasā 16; Yaśo (n. sg.) 385.2; 399.26; 404.11; 406.21; 423.11; is this personage, or Pali Yasa (2) of Malalasekara (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names), meant by the (Sthavira-)Yaśas of Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.196.6 ff.?; (2) n. [Page445-b+ 71] of a minister of Aśoka: Yaśo (v.l. Yaśā) nāma Divyāvadāna 382.6; Yaśāmātya, the minister Y., 382.11, 16; (3) name of a Tathā- gata: Yaśasā Śikṣāsamuccaya 9.2; (4) name of a Tathāgata in the nadir: Yaśo (n. sg.) nāma Sukhāvatīvyūha 98.7 (prose); (5) name of two Bodhi- sattvas in the same list: Yaśaso, °saḥ (gen.) Gaṇḍavyūha 441.26; 442.21.

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

Yaśas (यशस्).—n.

(-śaḥ) 1. Glory, fame, celebrity, reputation. 2. Splendour, lustre. 3. Praise, eulogium. E. to pervade, to spread abroad, aff. asun, and yuṭ substituted for the initial.

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

Yaśas (यशस्).— (for original daśas = [Latin] decus, from a lost vb. daś, see below), I. n. 1. Glory, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 11, 17; fame, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 116 (pl.). 2. Splendour. 3. Praise. Ii. adj. Renowned, resplendent, Chr. 294, 8 = [Rigveda.] i. 92, 8; superl. yaśastama, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 101, 9 = [Rigveda.] vii. 16, 4.

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

Yaśas (यशस्).—1. [neuter] glory, fame, honour, beauty.

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Yaśas (यशस्).—2. [adjective] glorious, honoured, splendid.

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

1) Yaśas (यशस्):—n. beautiful appearance, beauty, splendour, worth, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra]

2) honour, glory, fame, renown, [Atharva-veda] etc. etc. (also personified as a son of Kāma and Rati, [Harivaṃśa]; or of Dharma and Kīrti, [Purāṇa])

3) an object of honour, a person of respectability, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

4) favour, graciousness, partiality, [Ṛg-veda]

5) Name of various Sāmans, [Ārṣeya-brāhmaṇa]

6) = udaka, water, or anna, food, or dhana, wealth, [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska]

7) mfn. beautiful, splendid, worthy, excellent, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda]

8) honoured, respected, venerated, [ib.]

9) pleasant, agreeable, estimable, [ib.]

10) Yaśaś (यशश्):—[from yaśas] in [compound] for yaśas.

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

Yaśas (यशस्):—(śaḥ) 1. n. Glory, fame, splendor; praise.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

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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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