Anantasana, aka: Ananta-asana, Anantāsana; 5 Definition(s)

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Anantasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन).—When used as a pītha (seat or pedestal), this Āsana should be used as the seat for the image when it has to witness amusements, according to the Suprabhedāgama. According to the Candrajñānāgama, the seat is of a triangular shape.

(Source): Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Yoga (school of philosophy)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन, “Ananta posture”) is a Sanskrit word referring to a type of posture (āsana) used in Yoga. It is composed of the words Ananta (endless bed of Viṣṇu) and and āsana (posture).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Yoga

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन) is a type of posture (āsana), according to the 19th-century Śrītattvanidhi verse 1.—Accordingly, “Lie down on the back. Place either foot behind the head. Take the toes with the opposite hand and stretch the other hand and foot out. This is anantāsana, the āsana of the endless”.

The word “ananta” is also the name of the legendary cosmic serpent. The word is used in Patañjali’s sūtra 2.47 in descriptive reference to āsanas. Vyāsa states that, the mind, engrossed in ananta, completes the āsana. Vācaspati says it refers to the cosmic serpent as a “steady” object of meditation. Vijñāna Bhikṣu gives this interpretation and the alternative interpretation, namely, the endless or the inconceivable object (adṛṣṭa).

Iyengar has an anantāsana that is not like the illustration in this text. This āsana appears to be like Iyengar’s suptapādāṅguṣṭhāsana and his bhairavāsana. It is slightly different from both.

(Source): archive.org: Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace
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Originally, Yoga is considered a branch of orthodox 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).

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन) is one of five pedestals that makes up the Śivāsana, unto which Śiva is installed and invoked during the ritualistic process of śivārcana, according to the Sakalāgamasāra-saṃgraha. In the process of invocation (āvāhana) Lord Śiva is contemplated as seated on Yogāsana: “in the (fifth) process of praising singing and dancing, he is contemplated upon as seated on anantāsana”. This particular āsana is associated with the shape of a triangle and is connected with the element Earth.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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.

Pāñcarātra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Anantāsana (अनन्तासन) or Anantāsanamudrā is the name of a mudrā described in the Īśvarasaṃhitā 47-50.—Accordingly, “it is now the formation of mudrā stated for the mantas of the seats. The ring finger and forefinger, both the left hand are to be turned downwards and bent. They are to be kept with the middle finger firmly on the back of the hand. The mudrā must be made straight and turned downwards with the middle fingers below those two. O Sage! the little finger must be stretched with the thumb. This is anantāsanamudrā stated here. This encompasses this world”.

Mūdra (eg., Anantāsana-mudrā) is so called as it gives joy to the tattvas in the form of karman for those who offer spotless worship, drive out the defects which move about within and without and sealing up of what is done.

(Source): archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 5
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Pāñcarātra (पाञ्चरात्र, pancaratra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Nārāyaṇa is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaiṣnavism, the Pāñcarātra literature includes various Āgamas and tantras incorporating many Vaiṣnava philosophies.

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