Anima, aka: Aṇimā; 5 Definition(s)
Anima means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.
Yoga (school of philosophy)
Anima (अनिम) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “ability to become infinitely small like an atom”, as described in the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali.(Source): Wisdom Library: Yoga
Yoga is originally considered a branch of 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).
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 2. 39; II. 29. 82; III. 3. 65; 36. 17; 67. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 2. 39.
- 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 13. 3 and 10.
- 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 57. 76; 92. 15.
1b) Siddhi devī on the 9th parvan of Cakrarājaratha; one of Uttama siddhis.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 4; 25. 59; 35. 104; 36. 5; 44. 108.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Aṇimā (अणिमा) refers to “transforming the body into smaller stature” and represents one of the eleven types of extraordinary form-changing (vikriyā), which itself is a subclass of the eight ṛddhis (extraordinary powers). These powers can be obtained by the Ārya (civilized people) in order to produce worldly miracles. The Āryas represent one of the two classes of human beings according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.46, the other being Mleccha (barbarians).
What is meant by extraordinary power to transform into smaller stature (aṇimā-riddhi)? It is the extraordinary power by which one can transform his body into smaller stature.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
aṇimā (अणिमा).—m S Subtilty, infinite minuteness, moleculism. 2 The first of the eight siddhi,--the subtil and invisible state assumable by a deity; the reduction of one's form to an aṇu or atom.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
aṇimā (अणिमा).—f Minuteness. Atomic nature.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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Search found 28 books and stories containing Anima or Aṇimā. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Mandukya Karika, verse 4.9 < [Chapter IV - Alatashanti Prakarana (Quenching the firebrand)]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 33 - March of The Victorious Lord Śiva < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 28 - The Chāyāpuruṣa < [Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 10 - The description of creation (sṛṣṭi) (1) < [Section 7.1 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (1)]
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter CXXIII - On the difference between the knowing and unknowing < [Book VI - Nirvana prakarana part 1 (nirvana prakarana)]
Chapter LXXXII - Yoga instructions for acquirement of the supernatural powers of anima-minuteness &c. < [Book VI - Nirvana prakarana part 1 (nirvana prakarana)]
Chapter LXIV - The germinating seed < [Book III - Utpatti khanda (utpatti khanda)]
The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
Chapter 15 - Lord Krishna’s Description of Mystic Yoga Perfections < [Canto XI - General History]
Chapter 18 - Prthu Maharaja Milks the Earth Planet < [Canto IV - The Creation of the Fourth Order]
Chapter 15 - Parasurama, the Lord’s Warrior Incarnation < [Canto IX - Liberation]