Amanaska: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Amanaska (अमनस्क) refers to that which is “devoid of mind”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(That reality is) devoid of mind (amanaska), beyond mind, devoid of (both) Being and Non-being, free of (both the) merger and utterance (of cosmogenic Speech), devoid of logic (hetutarka), free of what is to be abandoned or adopted, and devoid of scripture and examples (to explain its nature). Its state that of Non-being (nāstikyabhāva), it is the Void and free of imperfections. The lord who is the cause (of all things), is the transcendent union (yoga) of the series of objects of knowledge”.

2) Amanaska (अमनस्क) refers to “no-mind” (i.e., the supreme reality of non-being in which there is ‘no-mind’).—After quoting directly from the Svacchandabhairavatantra, [the Tantrasadbhāva] teaches a series of absorptions of which “establishment in Non-being” is presented as the highest. Here the yogi realises that supreme reality of “Non-being” in which there is no-mind (amanaska). Free of phenomenal supports he thus achieves liberation. The Kumārikākhaṇḍa adopts this doctrine from the Tantrasadbhāva , which is brought to fruition in the context of the teachings of the Kubjikā tradition by relating it to the Divine Current. This is the flux of the energies of the higher energies leading to the Transmental streaming through the centre of the End of the Twelve, understood in this context as aspects of the contemplation of Non-being.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali with Bhoja Vritti

Amanaska (अमनस्क) is the name of a work dealing with the Yoga system of Philosophy. It deals with—On steadfastness of the mind. Cf. North Western Provinces Catalogue. V.

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

1) Amanaska (अमनस्क) is the name of a Yoga treatise composed in 198 Sanskrit verses dealing with topics as absorption (laya), yogic powers (siddhi) and liberation, presented in the form of a dialogue between Īśvara and Vāmadeva.—The Amanaska is a dialogue between the god Īśvara and the sage Vāmadeva, who asks how liberation in this life is attained. Īśvara's answer is the practice of amanaska (the no-mind state), which was generally understood in medieval yoga texts to be synonymous with Samādhi, that is to say, the state of Rājayoga. The attainment of amanaska dissolves the mind and breath, which enables the yogin to see the non-dual state referred to as the highest reality.

2) Amanaska (अमनस्क) refers to “one who is mindless” (as opposed to Samanaska—‘one who is mindful’), according to the Kaṭhopaniṣat 3.7-8.—Accordingly, while describing the metaphor of the Self (ātman) as the owner of the chariot: “[That charioteer] who has not discerned [the supreme Brahma], who is mindless (amanaska) [of it] and constantly impure, he does not obtain that [supreme] state and goes [on living in] the cycle of life and death. However, the one who has discerned [the supreme Brahma], who is mindful (samanaska) [of it] and constantly pure, goes to the [supreme] state from which he is not born again [into the cycle of life and death”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Amanaska (अमनस्क, “without mind”) refers to one of the two types of empirical souls (saṃsārī), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.11. The pure soul bonded with karmas is called empirical soul (saṃsārī) and represents a type of Jīva (sentients, souls).

What is the meaning of ‘without mind’ (amanaska)? Living beings without the faculty of mind are called amanaska. There are two types of mind namely matter /physical (dravya) and psychic (bhāva).

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Jainism)

Amanaska (अमनस्क) refers to the “no-mind state”, according to verse 12.42 of Hemacandra’s Yogaśāstra.—Accordingly, “At the time of the arising of the no-mind state (amanaska-udaya), the Yogin experiences the body, which is as though it does not exist, as though [it were] separated, burned, flying up and dissolved”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amanaska (अमनस्क).—a.

1) Without the organ of desire, thought &c.

2) Devoid of intellect (as a child).

3) Inattentive, careless.

4) Having no control over the mind.

5) Devoid of affection. n. (-naḥ)

1) Not the organ of desire, non-perception.

2) Inattention. m. The Supreme Being.

See also (synonyms): amanas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Amanaska (अमनस्क) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—yoga, according to Śivarahasya. K. 116. Oudh. 1877, 46. V, 24. Np. V, 118. Quoted by Sundaradeva. Hall. p. 18.

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

1) Amanaska (अमनस्क):—[=a-manaska] [from a-manas] mfn. without perception or intellect, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

2) [v.s. ...] silly, [Kaṭha-upaniṣad]

3) [v.s. ...] not well-disposed, low-spirited, [Kādambarī]

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

Amanaska (अमनस्क) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Amaṇa, Amaṇakkha.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Amanaska (ಅಮನಸ್ಕ):—

1) [adjective] not attentive or mindful; uninterested; indifferent.

2) [adjective] not influenced by personal interest or selfish motives; impartial; unbiased; disinterested.

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Amanaska (ಅಮನಸ್ಕ):—

1) [noun] (Jain.) a man not swayed by the worldly influences; a man unmindful of mundane affairs, attachments, etc.

2) [noun] the quality of the mind not being swayed by so.

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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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