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Prabhavâpyaya

The sanskrit word "Prabhavâpyaya" is used three times in the SD:

The Sanskrit word is Prabhavâpyaya, "the place, or rather plane, whence emerges the origination, and into which is the resolution of all things," says a commentator. (SDi46)

All proceeds from Prabhavâpyaya, the evolution of the creative and sentient principles in the gods, and even of the so-called creative deity himself. (SDii107)

Hence they proceeded with all the rest from Prabhavâpyaya, "the place whence is the origination, and into which is the resolution of all things," as explained by the Commentator. (SDii108)

This is a specialized word not occurring in the Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary. However the components of the word are readily apparent. "Pra" means "before", from which is derived the English prefix "pre-". "Bha" comes from the root "bhu" meaning "to be", from which is derived the English word "be". A common word from these two roots is "prabhava" meaning to rule, to control. However, another meaning of prabhava is "to come forth, spring up, arise or originate from, appear, become visible". The noun "prabhava" means "source, origin, cause of existence", (besides "might" and "power").

The second part of the word comes from "apyaya" meaning "entering into" which in turn comes from "api" meaning "go into".

So "prabhavâpyaya" can be understood literally as place of "arising from and going into".



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