Alasya, aka: Ālasya, Alāsya, Ālāsya; 8 Definition(s)


Alasya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Ālasya (आलस्य) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “laziness”. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Ālasya (आलस्य, “indolence”).—One of the thirty-three ‘transitory states’ (vyabhicāribhāva), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 7. These ‘transitory states’ accompany the ‘permanent state’ in co-operation. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature. It is also known as Alasatā. (Also see the Daśarūpa 4.8-9)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Ālasya (आलस्य, “indolence”) is caused by determinants (vibhāva) such as nature, lassitude, sickness, satiety, pregnancy and the like. And it relates to women, and men of the inferior type. It it to be represented on the stage by consequents (anubhāva) such as aversion to any kind of work, lying down, sitting, drowsiness, sleep and the like.

Source: 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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ālasya : (nt.) sloth; laziness.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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

ālasya (आलस्य).—n S Sloth, laziness, indolence.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ālasya (आलस्य).—n Sloth; indolence.

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

Alasya (अलस्य).—a. Idle, lazy.

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Alāsya (अलास्य).—a. Devoid of dancing, idle, unengaged; मृदङ्गशब्दापगमादलास्याः (mṛdaṅgaśabdāpagamādalāsyāḥ) R.16.14.

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Ālasya (आलस्य).—a. Idle, slothful, apathetic.

-syam [alasasya bhāvaḥ, ṣyañ]

1) Idleness, sloth, want of energy; प्रमादालस्य- निद्राभिः (pramādālasya- nidrābhiḥ) Bg.14.8. शक्तस्य चाप्यनुत्साहः कर्मस्वालस्यमुच्यते (śaktasya cāpyanutsāhaḥ karmasvālasyamucyate) Suśr.; आलस्यं हि मनुष्याणां शरीरस्थो महारिपुः (ālasyaṃ hi manuṣyāṇāṃ śarīrastho mahāripuḥ) Bh.2.86. आलस्य (ālasya) 'want of energy' is regarded as one of the 33 subordinate feelings (व्यभिचारि भाव (vyabhicāri bhāva); for example:न तथा भूषयत्यङ्गं न तथा भाषते सखीम् । जृम्भते मुहुरासीना बाला गर्भभरालसा (na tathā bhūṣayatyaṅgaṃ na tathā bhāṣate sakhīm | jṛmbhate muhurāsīnā bālā garbhabharālasā) S. D.183.

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Ālāsya (आलास्य).—[alaṃ paryāptamāsyaṃ asya] A crocodile.

Derivable forms: ālāsyaḥ (आलास्यः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ālasya (आलस्य).—mfn.

(-syaḥ-syī-syaṃ) Idle, slothful, apathetic. n.

(-syaṃ) Idleness, sloth. E. alasa idle, and yañ aff.

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Ālāsya (आलास्य).—m.

(-syaḥ) A crocodile. E. āla wide, large, and āsya a mouth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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