Yashas, aka: Yaśas; 4 Definition(s)


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

In Hinduism


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.

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Yaśas (यशस्, “ambition”) refers to a quality which is renunciated by the Bodhisattvas, according to the 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.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

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 (eg., yaśas). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

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): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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