Anarya, Anārya: 16 definitions


Anarya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Anary.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Anārya (अनार्य) refers to “ignoble”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.6 (“The miraculous feat of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin named Nārada said to Kumāra (Kārttikeya): “[...] If you are the protector with efficient honour what harm can an opponent do even if he be strong and efficient and protected on either side? What harm can even Takṣaka or even a carnivorous animal do unto him. Even the preceptor of the gods cannot eulogise you adequately. Then tell me, how can I a foolish and wretched creature? O Skanda, pure or impure, noble or ignoble (anārya), of whatever nature I be, I pray unto the dust of your lotus-like feet. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Anārya (अनार्य) refers to “ordinary (people)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] If he is in the state of concentration, but ends up inan unpleasant situation, he is not irritated. Even thought he always manifests peacefulness to noble beings, he makes flaming efforts in order to bring ordinary people (anārya-jana) to maturity. Being in the state of sameness in concentration, he still teaches those with irregular behaviour by means of various kinds of teachings. He does not see the irregular in terms of sameness, and he does not obstruct the irregular with sameness. Since he is unobstructed, he is called the meditator whose thought is just like open space, without any obstruction, he is called a meditator with great insight, and he is called the meditator who is not dependent on consciousness. When meditation is understood in this way, then the meditation of the Bodhisattva is like the expanse of open space, which is not dependent on anything”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: HereNow4U: Acharanga Bhasyam

Anārya (अनार्य, “ignoble”).—In earlier ancient times, the word ārya (noble) and (ignoble) were used for ethnically different groups of people. In the time of Lord Mahāvīra, these words acquired technical meaning. Ārya stood for the ethically superior people and anārya for the ethically inferior ones.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

anārya (अनार्य).—a Non-Aryan. Unworthy, disreputable.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anārya (अनार्य).—a. Not respectable (not deserving to be styled ārya), not polite or decent; vulgar; not belonging to an Arya, unworthy, vile, base, mean, wretched; अनार्यानार्यलिङ्गिनः (anāryānāryaliṅginaḥ) Manusmṛti 9.26; अनार्यायां समुत्पन्नो ब्राह्मणात् (anāryāyāṃ samutpanno brāhmaṇāt) 1. 66; H.4.22; कीकटा नाम देशोऽनार्यनिवासः (kīkaṭā nāma deśo'nāryanivāsaḥ) Nir. void of Āryas; शकुन्तलायामनार्यमाचरितं तेन राज्ञा (śakuntalāyāmanāryamācaritaṃ tena rājñā) Ś.4 the king has behaved basely or unworthily towards Śakuntalā; कदाचिदस्मिन्नप्यनार्योऽनार्यमाचरिष्यति (kadācidasminnapyanāryo'nāryamācariṣyati) Ve.4. न मां कामेष्वनार्येषु प्रचारयितुमर्हसि (na māṃ kāmeṣvanāryeṣu pracārayitumarhasi) | Bu. ch.4.96.

-ryaḥ 1 One who is not an Ārya.

2) A country not inhabited by the Āryas.

3) A Śūdra.

4) A Mlechchha.

5) An ignoble person.

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

Anārya (अनार्य) or Anāryya.—mfn.

(-ryaḥ-ryā-ryaṃ) Unworthy, inferior, bad, vile. E. an neg. (-ārya) respectable.

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

Anārya (अनार्य).—adj. and subst. 1. A barbarian, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 260. 2. Unworthy, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 51, 25. 3. Inhabited by barbarians, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] C. 139, 7.

Anārya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms an and ārya (आर्य).

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

Anārya (अनार्य).—[adjective] not-Aryan, un-Aryan, dishonourable, unworthy; [abstract] [feminine]

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

1) Anārya (अनार्य):—[=an-ārya] mfn. not honourable or respectable, vulgar, inferior

2) [v.s. ...] destitute of Āryas

3) [v.s. ...] m. not an Ārya.

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

Anārya (अनार्य):—I. [tatpurusha compound] 1. m. f. n.

(-ryaḥ-ryā-ryam) Not respectable, not venerable, unworthy, inferior, bad, vile. 2. m.

(-ryaḥ) Other than an Ārya, a barbarian, a Sūdra, a Mlechchha, a Kirāta &c. E. a neg. and ārya. Ii. [bahuvrihi compound] m. f. n.

(-ryaḥ-ryā-ryam) Having no Āryas, inhabited by Mlechchhas &c. as a country. E. a priv. and ārya.

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

Anārya (अनार्य):—[anā+rya] (yyaḥ-yyā-yyaṃ) a. Unworthy.

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

Anārya (अनार्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṇajja.

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Anarya 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Anārya (अनार्य) [Also spelled anary]:—(nm and a) a non-Aryan; (a) not noble, not respectable; inferior.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Anārya (ಅನಾರ್ಯ):—

1) [adjective] not belonging toārya race.

2) [adjective] not respectable; not decent; uncivil; ill-mannered.

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Anārya (ಅನಾರ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] a man not belonging to Ārya race; a non-Ārya.

2) [noun] a country not inhabited by the Āryas.

3) [noun] an assemblage, council, devoid of Āryas.

4) [noun] that which Āryas must avoid observing or following.

5) [noun] a man not deserving respect; an uncivilised, ill-mannered man.

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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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