Anyata: 10 definitions


Anyata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

Anyatā (अन्यता) refers to the “otherness (of Spirit)”, according to the Pātañjalayogaśāstra (1.2).—Accordingly, “[...] [When] its covering of delusion is destroyed and, shining in every direction, it is penetrated by only Rajas, the [mind] becomes capable of religious activity, wisdom, detachment and power. [When] free from the impurity of [even] a slight trace of Rajas and established in its own essence, [and when it consists of] merely the perception of the otherness of Spirit (puruṣa-anyatā) from Sattva, the [mind] becomes capable of meditation on Dharmamegha”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Anyatā (अन्यता) (Cf. Anyatva) refers to the “distinction” (of the Self and the body) and represents one of the twelve themes of contemplation (bhāvanā), according to the Jain Yogaśāstra (vol. 2, p. 839).—Accordingly, “Equanimity is attained through the state of non-attachment. In order to attain that [state of non-attachment], one should cultivate the twelve themes of contemplation: on impermanence, helplessness, the cycle of transmigration, solitude, the distinction (anyatā) [of the Self and the body], the impurity [of the body], the influx of karmic matter, the stopping [of karmic influx], the elimination of karmic matter, the correctly expounded law, the universe, and the [difficulty of attaining] enlightenment”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anyata (अन्यत).—adv.

1) From another; न चान्यतस्तस्य शरीररक्षा (na cānyatastasya śarīrarakṣā) R.2.4; तीर्थोदकं च वह्निश्च नान्यतः शुद्धिमर्हतः (tīrthodakaṃ ca vahniśca nānyataḥ śuddhimarhataḥ) Uttararāmacarita 1.13.

2) On one side; अन्यतः-अन्यतः, एकतः-अन्यतः (anyataḥ-anyataḥ, ekataḥ-anyataḥ) on the one side, on the other side; तपनमण्डल- दीपितमेकतः सततनैशतमोवृतमन्यतः (tapanamaṇḍala- dīpitamekataḥ satatanaiśatamovṛtamanyataḥ) Kirātārjunīya 5.2; एकवस्तु सकलानि निमित्तान्यन्यतो हि मनसः प्रतिपत्तिः (ekavastu sakalāni nimittānyanyato hi manasaḥ pratipattiḥ) Nīti.

3) To another place, towards some other person or direction; गन्तव्यं वा ततोऽन्यतः (gantavyaṃ vā tato'nyataḥ) Manusmṛti 2.2; अन्यतोऽपि नयने प्रेरयन्त्या (anyato'pi nayane prerayantyā) Ś.2.2; आर्ये व्रजामोऽन्यतः (ārye vrajāmo'nyataḥ) R.6.82.

4) From another ground or motive.

5) On the other side; on the contrary.

6) Otherwise; in another place, elsewhere.

Derivable forms: anyataḥ (अन्यतः).

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

Anyatā (अन्यता).—[anya + tā], f. Difference, [Śiśupālavadha] 4, 55.

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

Anyatā (अन्यता).—[feminine] the being other, difference.

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

Anyatā (अन्यता):—[=anya-tā] [from anya] f. difference.

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

Anyatā (अन्यता):—f.

(-tā) The being other, otherness, difference; also anyatva q. v.; e. g. jātilakṣaṇadeśairanyatānavacchedāttulyayostataḥ pratipattiḥ (Difference) is understood through it (viz. through profound meditation), since it is impossible to remove the otherness which exists between two (apparently) like objects either with regard to species or characteristic properties or space; (as in the case, for instance of various atoms, or of Īśvara and the Yogin). E. anya, taddh. aff. tal.

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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

Anyata (अन्यत):—[=अन्यत:] (ind) from another; from elsewhere; otherwise.

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