Anusmriti, aka: Anusmṛti; 6 Definition(s)


Anusmriti means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Anusmṛti can be transliterated into English as Anusmrti or Anusmriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Anusmriti in Natyashastra glossaries]

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति, “recollection”) refers to the third of the ten stages of love (kāma) arising in a woman (strī) and men (puṃs) alike, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति).—One of the ten stages of love (kāma);—Sighing again and again, thinking deeply of the beloved person and disliking other engagements, is called Recollection (anusmṛti). Being engrossed in thinking of him (i.e. the beloved) one does not attain composure in sitting or lying in bed, and remains unable to do to one’s duty. The third stage of love should be expressed like this.

(Source): Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[Anusmriti in Shaivism glossaries]

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति, “judgement”) refers to one of the six members (aṅga) of the Ṣaḍaṅgayoga, as taught in the Buddhist forms of Ṣaḍaṅgayoga, while it’s synonyms Tarka and Ūha are taught in the early Śaiva Siddhānta.—Ṣaḍaṅgayoga is taught as the standard yoga of the Śaivasiddhānta (Siddhānta) a mainstream, Veda congruent dualist tradition. See, for example, the 6th century texts of Raurava-āgama, Kiraṇa-āgma, Sarvajñānottara-āgama, Svāyambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha, the 7th century Mālinīvijayottara and the 9th century Tantrasadbhāva.

(Source): The Śaiva Yogas and Their Relation to Other Systems of Yoga
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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)

[Anusmriti in Mahayana glossaries]

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति) refers to a set of “eight recollections”, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 31.—The tenth class of supplementary dharmas (bodhipākṣika-dharma) to be fulfilled by the Bodhisattva is made up of the eight recollections (anusmṛti, in Pāli, anussati).

The following should be cultivated (bhāvitavyā) by the bodhisattva:

  1. recollection of the Buddha (buddhānusmṛti),
  2. recollection of the Dharma (dharmānusmṛti),
  3. recollection of the Community (saṃghānusmṛti),
  4. recollection of discipline (śīlānusmṛti),
  5. recollection of abandonment (tyāgānusmṛti),
  6. recollection of the deities (devatānusmṛti),
  7. recollection of inhalation and exhalation (ānāpānasmṛti),
  8. recollection of death (maraṇānusmṛti).
(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Anusmriti in Buddhism glossaries]

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति) refers to the “six recollections” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 54):

  1. buddhānusmṛti (recollection of the Buddha),
  2. dharmānusmṛti (recollection of the Dharma),
  3. saṅghānusmṛti (recollection of the Saṅgha),
  4. tyāgānusmṛti (recollection of generosity),
  5. śīlānusmṛti (recollection of virtue),
  6. devānusmṛti (recollection of the gods).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., anusmṛti). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Anusmriti in Sanskrit glossaries]

Anusmṛti (अनुस्मृति).—f.

1) Cherished recollection; thinking of; अनुस्मृतेर्बादरिः (anusmṛterbādariḥ) ŚB. 1.2.3.

2) Thinking of one thing to the exclusion of others.

Derivable forms: anusmṛtiḥ (अनुस्मृतिः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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