Alakshya, Alakṣya, Ālakṣya: 18 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Alakṣya and Ālakṣya can be transliterated into English as Alaksya or Alakshya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Alakshy.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden (vastu)

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) refers to “concealed”, representing a desirable characteristic of machines (yantra), according to the Samarāṅganasūtradhāra.—Machines, and particularly automata, are consistently associated with a cluster of terms in Sanskrit denoting wonder, marvel, surprise, strangeness, and curiosity (e.g., kautuka, āścarya, vicitra, adbhūta, and vismaya). The best machine, according to Bhoja, is one that fulfills various uses, one whose principal action is concealed (alakṣya), and one that creates astonishment (vismaya) among men (31.12).

Alakṣya (“invisible machines”) were considered the most excellent.—Bhoja reminds the planner that the most admired qualities of a machine are the invisibility (alakṣatā) of its workings and its strangeness (vicitratva; 31.14). Indeed, Bhoja pines, “What else in the world is more strange? What else is more satisfying? And what creates [such] fascination?” (31.85). For these reasons, the most excellent machines were those that were automatic (svayaṃvāhaka) and whose mechanisms were invisible (alakṣya)—together creating the appearance of unassisted movement. This “illusory” element of the automaton machine made it kindred with magic.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य) refers to “having descried”, and is mentioned in verse 2.28 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “Having descried [ālakṣya] a man’s character, one shall adapt oneself to him in such a way that he is content, expert (as one shall be) in the pleasing of others”.

Note: Ālakṣya (“having descried”) has been rendered loosely by śes-nas (“knowing”).

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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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) refers to “one who has no objectively distinguishable characteristics”, according to the Svacchandabhairavatantra.—The Transmental (unmanā), just below this state, is the reflective awareness of one’s own nature that is directed in a subtle way (kiñcidaunmukhya) to its self-realisation. It represents the highest and subtlest limit of immanence as the universal Being (mahāsattā), which contains and is both being and non-being. At the same time, the energy of the Transmental is the direct means to the supreme state of Non-being. Thus while contemplation of the other lower phases in the development of OṂ bestows yogic powers (siddhi) of an increasing order of perfection, it alone leads to liberation directly. Accordingly, the Tantra enjoins that the yogi should constantly contemplate supreme and subtle Non-being by means of this energy. This is because Non-being is beyond the senses and mind and is, according to Kṣemarāja, the pure knower who has no objectively distinguishable characteristics (alakṣya).

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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)

[«previous next»] — Alakshya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) refers to “invisible”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.25 (“The seven celestial sages test Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to the seven Sages: “[...] Interest in embellishment and ornaments shall be found in those who are deluded by illusion and who are not in unison with the Brahman. The lord is devoid of attributes, unborn, free from illusion, of invisible movement [i.e., alakṣya-gati] and a cosmic Being. O Brahmins, Śiva does not shower His blessings on the ground of faith, caste etc. I know Śiva truly only through the blessings of the preceptor. [...]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Alakshya in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) refers to “not having any characteristics (of the absolute)”, according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] [The Yogin] who has become absorbed in [that which has] no characteristics (alakṣya) (i.e., the absolute) for twenty-two days, has the Siddhi [called] Prāpti, which enables him to reach [whatever] is in the world. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a S corruptly alakṣa a Inapprehensible in idea, incomprehensible, inconceivable. alakṣa lēkhaṇēṃ-dharaṇēṃ-mōjaṇēṃ-mānaṇēṃ-pāhaṇēṃ-jāṇaṇēṃ To esteem lightly, to disdain.

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alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—n S Inattention or inadvertence.

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alakṣyā (अलक्ष्या).—f S A particular attitude of a Yogi. See under mudrā.

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

alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a Inconceivable. n Inattention.

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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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a.

1) Invisible, unknown, unobserved.

2) Unmarked.

3) Having no particular marks.

4) Insignificant in appearance.

5) Having no pretence, free from fraud.

6) Not लक्ष्य (lakṣya) or secondary (as meaning).

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Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य).—pot. p.

1) Visible, apparent; आलक्ष्यपारिप्लवसारसानि (ālakṣyapāriplavasārasāni) R.13.3.

2) Slightly visible; °दन्तमुकुलान् (dantamukulān) Ś.7.17.

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

Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य).—(nt. ? in Sanskrit as adj., wahrzunehmen, sichtbar), visible sign, emblem: Divyāvadāna 118.24 (idam…maṇiratnam…) cihnabhūtam ālakṣyabhūtaṃ maṇḍanabhūtaṃ ca.

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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—mfn.

(-kṣyaḥ-kṣyā-kṣyaṃ) Undistinguishable, undefinable. So alakṣaṇīya.

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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—[adjective] invisible, not to be observed, not appearing (thus), insignificant.

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Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य).—[adjective] (scarcely) visible.

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

1) Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य):—[=a-lakṣya] [from a-lakṣaṇa] mfn. invisible, unobserved, [Mahābhārata] etc., unmarked, not indicated, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] having no particular marks, insignificant in appearance (See -janma-tā below)

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Mantra spoken to exorcise a weapon, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 30, 5.]

4) Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य):—[=ā-lakṣya] [from ā-lakṣ] 1. ā-lakṣya mfn. to be observed, visible, apparent, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] 2. ā-lakṣya [indeclinable participle] having observed or beheld, beholding, observing, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] 3. ā-lakṣya mfn. scarcely visible, just visible, [Śakuntalā 181 a.]

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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य):—[a-lakṣya] (kṣyaḥ-kṣyā-kṣyaṃ) a. Undefinable.

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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Alakkha.

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Alakshya 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

[«previous next»] — Alakshya in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) [Also spelled alakshy]:—(a) imperceptible; unnoticeable; latent.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Alakṣya (ಅಲಕ್ಷ್ಯ):—

1) [adjective] that cannot be aimed at.

2) [adjective] that cannot be seen.

3) [adjective] that cannot be understood.

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Alakṣya (ಅಲಕ್ಷ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] absence of regard or respect; disregard.

2) [noun] want of care; carelessness; negligence.

3) [noun] lack of attention.

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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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