Alakshana, aka: Alakṣaṇa; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Alakshana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Alakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Alaksana or Alakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

[Alakshana in Vyakarana glossaries]

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—That which is not a proper लक्षण (lakṣaṇa) i. e. Sūtra; a Sūtra which does not teach definitely; a Sūtra which cannot be properly applied being ambiguous in sense. cf व्याख्यानतो विशेषप्रतिपत्तिर्नहि संदह्यादलक्षणम् (vyākhyānato viśeṣapratipattirnahi saṃdahyādalakṣaṇam) Par. Śek. Pari. I.

(Source): Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Alakshana in Buddhism glossaries]

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण) or alakṣaṇaśūnyatā refers to “unmarked emptiness” one of the “twenty emptinesses” (śūnyatā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 41). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., alakṣaṇa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Alakshana in Marathi glossaries]

alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—a S See the commoner word avalakṣaṇa.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

[Alakshana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—a.

1) Having no signs or marks.

2) Having no characteristics or distinguishing marks, undefined, undistinguished; आसीदिदं तमोभूतमप्रज्ञातमलक्षणम् (āsīdidaṃ tamobhūtamaprajñātamalakṣaṇam) Ms.1.5.

3) Having no good marks, inauspicious, unfortunate, ill-omened; क्लेशावहा भर्तुरलक्षणाहम् (kleśāvahā bharturalakṣaṇāham) R.14.5.

4) Incomprehensible; सैषा विष्णोर्महामायाऽबाधयाऽलक्षणा यया (saiṣā viṣṇormahāmāyā'bādhayā'lakṣaṇā yayā) Bhāg. 12.6.29.

-ṇam 1 A bad or inauspicious sign; आचारो हन्त्यलक्षणम् (ācāro hantyalakṣaṇam) Ms.4.156.

2) That which is no definition, a bad definition.

(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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