Amurta, Amūrta: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra

Amūrta (अमूर्त, “formless”).—Bruno Dagens classifies the units in the above system (Mānasāra II, 40-53) as amūrta, formless, units and “linear units of common use”. The units upto yava belong ta the former class and the rest to the latter. About the amūrta c1ass of units, he comments thus: “As for the amūrta class, the barley grain is the only unit of common practical use and may have been the originallower natural standard. The other ones (louse, nit, tip of a hair, speck of dust) are no more than the necessary steps to allow regression down ta the infinitesimal which may be seen orny by the best of the yogins; the epithet amūrta applied to such units by the classical astronomical text Sūrya Siddhānta shows well their purely theoretical or, better, intellectual character”

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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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Vaisheshika (school of philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories (vaisesika)

Amūrta (अमूर्त) or Amūrtaguṇa refers to a classification of the twenty-four guṇas (qualities) according to the Vaiśeṣikadarśanam with Praśastapādabhāṣya and the Bhāṣāpariccheda.—Guṇas are also divided into mūrtaguṇa, amūrtaguṇa and mūrtāmūrtaguṇa. These divisions are found in the Praśastapādabhāṣya and also in the Bhāṣāpariccheda. Cognition, pleasure, pain, desire, aversion, merit, demerit and sound are amūrtaguṇas i.e., these guṇas abide in unlimited things.

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Vaisheshika (वैशेषिक, vaiśeṣika) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. Vaisheshika deals with subjects such as logic, epistemology, philosophy and expounds concepts similar to Buddhism in nature

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amūrta (अमूर्त).—a. Formless, shapeless, incorporeal, unembodied (opp. mūrta where Muktā. says mūrtatvam = avacchinnaparimāṇa- vattvam) द्वै वाव ब्रह्मणो रूपे मूर्त चामूर्त च (dvai vāva brahmaṇo rūpe mūrta cāmūrta ca) Bṛ. Up.2.3.1.

-rtaḥ Name of Śiva.

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

1) Amūrta (अमूर्त):—[=a-mūrta] mfn. formless, shapeless, unembodied, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xiv; Upaniṣad] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] not forming one body, consisting of different parts, [Sūryasiddhānta]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva.

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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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