Pali Term: Gaṇhāti

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Pali Term: Gaṇhāti

Postby Dmytro » Wed May 30, 2012 11:09 am

Hello Pali friends,

In the article from Rhys-Davids'es dictionary this term is explained as:

Gaṇhati & Gaṇhāti
Meanings: to take, take up; take hold of; grasp, seize; assume; ... ... :1074.pali

This spectrum of meanings does not include the meaning of this word in the context of perception.

Monier-Williams dictionary gives such meanings:

grah [RV. in a few passages only AV. &c.] or grabh [RV. rarely AV.], cl. 9. P. gṛbhṇāti gṛhṇā́ti (also Ā. gṛhṇīte, irreg. gṛhṇate MuṇḍUp. 3. pl. gṛbhṇate RV.

• to perceive (with the organs of sense or with mánas), observe, recognise RV. i, 139, 10 and 145, 2 VS. i, 18 ŚBr. xiv MuṇḍUp. ŚvetUp. &c
• to receive into the mind, apprehend, understand, learn Nal. R. Ragh. v, 59 Pañcat. i, 1, 23

And the new Pali-English dictionary by Margaret Cone also gives:

5. receives into the mind, apprehends, learns; accepts (instuction or criticism); ...

gāhi(n), mfn. [S. grāhin], seizing, grasping; holding; taking, receiving; apprehending; ...

In the context of perception, thuis term means 'apprehends', 'becomes conscious of, through the senses', 'perceives'.

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Re: Pali Term: Gaṇhāti

Postby Sylvester » Wed May 30, 2012 2:11 pm

Thank you.


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