Abhilasa, aka: Abhilāsā, Abhilāsa, Abhilasha; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Abhilāṣa (अभिलाष, “longing”) refers to the first of the ten stages of love (kāma) arising in a woman (strī) and men (puṃs) alike, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Abhilāṣa (अभिलाष).—One of the ten stages of love (kāma);—Longing (abhilāṣa) arises from efforts born of desire and wish for the beloved one, and leads to the means, of meeting him. One goes out of the place where one is or enters it or stays within his sight, and shows signs of amour in the first stage of love.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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abhilāsā : (f.) wish; desire.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Abhilāsa, (Sk. abhilāṣa, abhi + laṣ) desire, wish, longing PvA.154. (Page 69)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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abhilāṣa (अभिलाष).—m (S) Covetousness, craving, greedy desire after. Ex. karitāṃ paradārēcā abhilāṣa || kōṇa kadhīṃ pāvalā yaśa || 2 Embezzlement or fraudulent appropriation.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

abhilāṣa (अभिलाष).—m Covetousness, craving, greed, desire for.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Abhilāṣa (अभिलाष).—(°saḥ sometimes) A desire, wish, longing for, craving after; affection, longing of a lover, love, (usually with loc. of the object of desire); अतोऽभिलाषे प्रथमं तथाविधे मनो बबन्ध (ato'bhilāṣe prathamaṃ tathāvidhe mano babandha) R.3.4; भव हृदय साभिलाषम् (bhava hṛdaya sābhilāṣam) Śi.27; Me.112. साभिलाषं निर्वर्ण्य (sābhilāṣaṃ nirvarṇya) Ś.3 casting a coveting or wistful look; न खलु सत्यमेव शकुन्तलायां ममाभिलाषः (na khalu satyameva śakuntalāyāṃ mamābhilāṣaḥ) Ś.2, Pt.5. 67; sometimes with प्रति (prati) and acc., or in comp.

Derivable forms: abhilāṣaḥ (अभिलाषः).

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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