Anapeksha, Anapēkṣa, Anapekṣa: 15 definitions


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

The Sanskrit terms Anapēkṣa and Anapekṣa can be transliterated into English as Anapeksa or Anapeksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaiva philosophy

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष) refers to “completely disregarding (arguments)”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.138.—Accordingly, “[...] [The latter argument] completely eradicates the very nature of the object of knowledge—that is to say, the external [object]—by showing that [this contradictory nature can]not exist. For the first refuting argument functions while completely disregarding (anapekṣa) the nature of the object of knowledge—[i.e.] whether it has parts or is devoid of parts, whether it is contradicted or not [by this or that particular property]—rather, [it functions] through a global refutation ([lit. ‘by devouring everything’]), thus: ‘[What is] distinct from the manifesting consciousness is not manifest’”.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष) refers to “that initiation which is not dependent” (postinitiatory practice), according to the Jñānaratnāvalī, (p. 266).—Accordingly, “Therein, now, [the initiation types] are twofold, [namely] dependent on [whether] there is a requirement to perfrom postinitiatory practice or not (anapekṣa); and [they are also twofold insofar as being] śivadharmiṇī or lokadharmiṇī. Here [in the category of the sāpekṣā-nirvāṇadīkṣā kind], the śivadharmiṇī is for ascetics and contains the cutting off of the topknot, while the other [initiation] is for householders and is without [cutting off the topknot]. [...]”.

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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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष) refers to “not depending on anything”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 46.—Accordingly, “[...] Having entered into [the patience towards beings], [the Yogin] has the following thought:—According to the Dharma preached by the Buddhas of the ten directions, there is no self and no ‘mine’, it is only an assemblage of Dharmas designated under the name of ‘a being’. [...] For the person who has reflected in this way, there is no being and, since the being does not exist, dharmas do not depend on anything (anapekṣa). Simple assemblages of causes and conditions, they are without self nature. The being is an assemblage to which the name of being is wrongly given and it is the same for the dharmas. Knowing this is to enter into possession of patience in regard to things”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anapēkṣa (अनपेक्ष).—a (S) Undesirous of; unconcerned about; indifferent: also exempt from desire or want.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

anapēkṣa (अनपेक्ष).—a Indifferent; undesirous of, unconcerned about. Exempt from desire or want.

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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 dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष).—a. [na. ta.]

1) Regardless.

2) Careless, not minding or heeding, indifferent.

3) Independent or irrespective (of another), not requiring any other thing.

4) Impartial.

5) Irrelevant, unconnected, unconcerned.

-kṣā Disregard, indifference, carelessness.

-kṣam adv. Without regard to, independently or irrespectively of; carelessly, accidentally; °tvāt since it has no reference to.

See also (synonyms): anapekṣin.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष).—pl., name of a brahmanical school: Divyāvadāna 635.18.

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

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष).—mfn.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣaṃ) Disregarding, unheeding. f.

(-kṣā) Carelessness, indifference, disregard. E. an neg. apekṣā regard.

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

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष).—[adjective] inconsiderate, careless; [neuter] [adverb]

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Anapekṣā (अनपेक्षा).—[feminine] kṣatva [neuter] disregard, independence.

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

1) Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष):—[=an-apekṣa] mfn. regardless, careless

2) [v.s. ...] indifferent

3) [v.s. ...] impartial

4) [v.s. ...] irrespective of

5) [v.s. ...] irrelevant

6) Anapekṣā (अनपेक्षा):—[=an-apekṣā] [from an-apekṣa] f. disregard, carelessness

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

Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष):—I. [tatpurusha compound] f.

(-kṣā) Carelessness, indifference, dis-regard. E. a neg. and apekṣā. Ii. [bahuvrihi compound] m. f. n.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣam) 1) Disregarding.

2) Unheeding, careless.

3) Not requiring another thing, not referring to another thing or word in a sentence &c., independent or absolute. See nirapekṣa. E. a priv. and apekṣā.

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

Anapekṣā (अनपेक्षा):—[ana+pekṣā] (kṣā) 1. f. Carelessness.

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Anapeksha 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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Nepali dictionary

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Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

1) Anapekṣa (अनपेक्ष):—n. 1. careless; not minding/heeding; indifferent; 2. independent/irrespective; not requiring any other thing;

2) Anapekṣā (अनपेक्षा):—n. disregard; indifference; carelessness;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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