Anivarta: 3 definitions


Anivarta 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.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Anivarta (अनिवर्त) refers to “(the state of liberation from which there is) no return”, according to the Brahmayāmala-tantra (or Picumata), an early 7th century Śaiva text consisting of twelve-thousand verses.—Accordingly, [while describing a haṭha-sādhana (foreceful practice)]: “[...] O goddess, he could slay everyone [through] the weapon Mantra taught earlier [and] with the Vidyā mantra. Having become fearless and situated in the state of [liberation from which there is] no return (anivarta-pada), the [Sādhaka] could subdue me along with you. What [to speak of] other leaders of the spirits? [...]”

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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).

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Anivarta (अनिवर्त).—adj. (see s.v. anivartiya), not liable to turning back: Mahāvastu i.85.8 anivartādhyāśayāś, of Bodhisattvas in 2d bhūmi; resumed 87.10, 12 by anivart(i)ya-; °tayā śraddhayā Gaṇḍavyūha 367.2; samādhim anivartam Lalitavistara 374.8 (verse; according to Foucaux, Notes 194, Tibetan, in a passage omitted in his ed. of Tibetan, gives equivalent of animittam, which he would adopt).

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

Anivarta (अनिवर्त) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṇiyaṭṭa.

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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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