Mahasattva, Mahāsattva, Maha-sattva: 11 definitions


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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mahasattva in Sanskrit glossary

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

Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—1. (ma + sa) m. ein grosses Geschöpf, lebendes Wesen [Mahābhārata 1, 2629.] vadha [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 40, 25 (41, 27 Gorresio).]

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Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—2. (wie eben)

1) adj. ein grosses d. i. edles Wesen habend, edel (von Personen): ko hi nāma mahāsattvaḥ pūrvamādharṣitaḥ paraiḥ . dīnaṃ vacanamādadyāt [Rāmāyaṇa.5,85,16.] [Mahābhārata.3,14339.] [Kathāsaritsāgara 37,75. 45,408. 56,165 320. 342. 61,312. 65,10. 13. 45. 72,224.] [SOM. NALA 83.] [Mārkāṇḍeyapurāṇa 60,15] [Oxforder Handschriften 52,b,21.] [Pañcatantra ed. orn. 56,9] (ati) . [64, 1.] [Hitopadeśa 100. 12.] [Sāhityadarpana 66.] mahāsattvo harṣaśokādyanabhibhūtasvabhāvaḥ [32, 21.] Bei den Buddhisten stehendes Beiwort von bodhisattva [Burnouf 465. 477.] Nach [BURNOUF] grand être oder grande créature. = buddha [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 80.] —

2) m. a) Beiname Kuvera's [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 38]; vgl. mahāsanna . — b) N. Śākyamuni’s als Thronerben [Burnouf 535.] [Hiouen-Thsang 1, 164.]

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Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—2.

1) Beiw. von Elephanten [Mahābhārata 3, 12380.]

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Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—3. n. nom. abstr. von mahā sant oder fehlerhaft für mahāsattvatva n. nom. abstr. von 2. mahāsattva [Weber’s Indische Studien 9, 154.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—1. m. ein grosses Geschöpf , — lebendes Wesen.

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Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—2. —

1) Adj. — a) charakterfest. — b) ein grosses , d.i. edles Wesen habend , edel (Person). Bei den Buddhisten stehendes Beiw. von bodhisatva. — c) überaus muthig [110,29.] [Mahābhārata 3,178,18.] — d) grosse Thiere in sich bergend.

2) m. — a) *ein Buddha. — b) *Beiname Kubera's. — c) Name Śākyamuni’s als Thronerben.

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Mahāsattva (महासत्त्व):—3. n. = mahāsatā.

context information

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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