Amritarasa, Amṛtārasa, Amṛtarasa, Amrita-rasa: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Amṛtārasa and Amṛtarasa can be transliterated into English as Amrtarasa or Amritarasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस) or simply Amṛta is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 4, ajīrṇa: indigestion). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., amṛtarasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Amritarasa in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस) refers to the “bliss of the nectar (of Śiva)”, according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.17ab]—“Then, that which is Śiva, that domain that consists of nothing but consciousness and is named Paramaśiva, which is denoted by such terms as svarūpa, which has been previously explained. Together with visarga, fused with highest truth together with [the highest level of mantra] unmanāśakti, which is the highest autonomy. By means of that bliss of the nectar of Śiva (śiva-amṛtarasa), which has been obtained by firmly settling oneself in the practice of the third seed (sa)”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Amritarasa in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Amṛtārasa (अमृतारस) is the daughter of king Siṃhahanu, an ancient king of the solar clan (āditagotra or sūryavaṃśa) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “As for his daughter, Amṛtārasa, she had a son called Che p’o lo (Dānapāla)”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Amritarasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस).—

1) nectar, ambrosia; काव्यामृतरसास्वादः (kāvyāmṛtarasāsvādaḥ) H.1; विविधकाव्यामृतरसान् पिवामः (vividhakāvyāmṛtarasān pivāmaḥ) Bhartṛhari 3.4.

2) the Supreme Spirit. (-) 1 dark-coloured grapes.

2) a sort of cake (Mar. anarsā).

Derivable forms: amṛtarasaḥ (अमृतरसः).

Amṛtarasa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and rasa (रस).

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

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस).—m.

(-saḥ) Nectar, ambrosia. E. amṛta, and rasa juice.

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

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस).—I. m. the amṛta essence, the drink of immortality, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 77 (

Amṛtarasa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and rasa (रस).

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

1) Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस):—[=a-mṛta-rasa] [from a-mṛta > a-mūla] m. nectar, [Hitopadeśa] etc.

2) Amṛtarasā (अमृतरसा):—[=a-mṛta-rasā] [from amṛta-rasa > a-mṛta > a-mūla] f. dark-coloured grapes, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Amṛtarasa (अमृतरस):—[amṛta-rasa] (saḥ) 1. m. Nectar.

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Amritarasa 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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