Adrishya, Adṛśya: 22 definitions


Adrishya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Adṛśya can be transliterated into English as Adrsya or Adrishya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Adrashy.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kakṣapuṭa-tantra

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) refers to “becoming invisible”. It is a siddhi (‘supernatural power’) described in chapter one of the Kakṣapuṭatantra (a manual of Tantric practice from the tenth century).

Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) refers to “becoming invisible” and represents one of the various siddhis (perfections) mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.11-13. Accordingly, “by excellent Sādhakas (tantric practitioners) wishing the Siddhi (e.g., adṛśya), the mantrasādhana should be performed in advance, for the sake of the Siddhi. One would not attain any Siddhi without the means of mantra-vidhāna (the classification of mantra)”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) [=Adṛśyatā?] refers to “imperceptible ”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.140.—Accordingly, “[The opponent:] ‘And why is [this spatial extendedness of the pot] not possible if [we admit that] the numerous atoms get to have different places because, since they are of a material, [i.e. solid] nature, [they] cannot extend to the place of the others’ forms?’ Anticipating this [objection, Utpaladeva] says ‘To explain …’ Here is the implicit meaning [of this passage]: if the pot is [nothing but] atoms with intervals [separating them from each other], then [the pot] must be imperceptible (adṛśyatā). [...]

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Adṛśya (अदृश्य):—Invisible / unperceivable

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) refers to “(whatever is) invisible” (to embodied beings), according to the Kularatnapañcakāvatāra verse 1.23cd-33ab.—Accordingly, “[...] Whatever is visible or invisible (dṛśya-adṛśya) to embodied beings in the three worlds is all, O goddess, certainly Kaula, the cause of union (with the absolute). O goddess, the ten-fold divine source (of phenomena, that is, the above nine and Kaula) is the fourfold womb (of the four kinds of living beings). They arise and dissolve away in Kaula. (All that) moves and is immobile, the triple world with (all) that moves and does not is born from Kula and comes from Akula. O beloved, that is said to be Kaula”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) refers to “(that which is) invisible”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.6 (“Prayer to Śiva”).—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogized Śiva: “Obeisance to you, the soul of all, obeisance to Śiva the remover of distress, [...] The Śrutis and those who know the essence of Śrutis speak of you thus. You are the abode of all, the self-born and the knower of the essence of Śrutis. The various living beings created by you and to be created in future are invisible (adṛśya) to us. The gods, the Asuras, the brahmins, nay, the mobile and immobile beings eulogise you alone. [...]”.

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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.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Adṛṣya (अदृष्य) refers to “invisible”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 2).—Accordingly, “Even if all beings in heaven and on earth and all substances (dravya) are not created by time, nevertheless time is immutable (avyaya). That is why it truly exists. But as the Dharma ‘time’ is subtle (sūkṣma), it is invisible (adṛṣya) and unknowable (ajñeya). It is by its effects, flowers (puṣpa), fruits (phala), etc., that its existence may be known and its characteristics (lakṣaṇa) may be seen, such as the past year or present year, long ago or recently, slowly or quickly. Although time is not seen, it is possible to know its existence; for it is by seeing the effect (phala) that one knows the existence of the cause (hetu). That is why a Dharma ‘time’ exists, and as this Dharma ‘time’ is immutable (avyaya), it is eternal (nitya)”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) refers to “that which is invisible”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly as The Lord said: “Śāriputra, the Tathāgata Ekaratnavyūha, seating in the lion’s throne thus, explained the dharma-seal called Gaganapariśuddhi to these Bodhisattvas, which has thirty-two aspects of entrance. What is this Dharma-seal (dharmamudrā) called Gaganapariśuddhi which has thirty-two aspects of entrance? [...] 3) all dharmas are without cognition as they are invisible (adṛśya); 4) all dharmas are invisible since they lack causes and objects (hetvālambana); 5) all dharmas lack objects since they are calm (upaśāntalakṣaṇena); 6) all dharmas are clam since they are without duality (advaya); [...]”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

adṛśya (अदृश्य).—a (S) Invisible. adṛṣṭa a (S) Unseen.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

adṛśya (अदृश्य).—a Invisible. adṛṣṭa n Unseen n Fate, the forehead.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य).—a.

1) Invisible; किमपि भूतमदृश्यरूपम (kimapi bhūtamadṛśyarūpama) Kumārasambhava 4.45.

2) Not capable of being seen. epithet of परमेश्वर (parameśvara).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Adṛśyā (अदृश्या).—(not recorded in this sense), probably to be read for text ādṛśyā, name of a magic herb (which makes invisible): Gaṇḍavyūha 498.1, 2; in line 2 could be either a- or ā-, in saṃdhi; but the stem, in composition, is printed as ending in -a, for which probably read -ā; in line 1 text asty ādṛśyā nāmauṣadhiḥ.

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Ādṛśyā (आदृश्या).—[, Gaṇḍavyūha 498.1, see adṛśyā.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य).—mfn.

(-śya-śyā-śyaṃ) 1. Invisible, not be to seen. 2. Improper to behold. E. a neg. dṛśya to be seen.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य).—[adjective] invisible, insignificant, ugly; [abstract] [feminine], tva [neuter]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Adṛśya (अदृश्य):—[=a-dṛśya] [from a-dṛś] mfn. invisible, latent

2) [v.s. ...] not fit to be seen (cf. a-dreśya.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य):—[tatpurusha compound] m. f. n.

(-śyaḥ-śyā-śyam) 1) Invisible, not to be seen.

2) Improper to be beheld. E. a neg. and dṛśya.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य):—[a-dṛśya] (śyaḥ-śyā-śyaṃ) a. Invisible.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Adakkhu.

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Adrishya in German

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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 (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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Adṛśya (अदृश्य) [Also spelled adrashy]:—(a) invisible, imperceptible; not worth seeing.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Adṛśya (ಅದೃಶ್ಯ):—

1) [adjective] that cannot be perceived by eyes; invisible.

2) [adjective] out of sight; not apparent; unseen.

3) [adjective] that must not be seen; not to be seen.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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