Apanat, Apānat: 1 definition



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

Apānat (अपानत्):—[tatpurusha compound] m. f. n. (-n-tī-t) Inhaling, producing the function of the vital air apāna q. v.—In the verse of the Bhāgav. Pur. (2. 10. 16.) anu prāṇanti yaṃ prāṇāḥ prāṇantaṃ sarvajantuṣu . apānantamapānanti naradevamivānugāḥ, it deserves notice that Srīdharasvāmin takes the word apānat in the sense ‘ceasing to perform vital functions’, viz. ‘they (according to the comm., the senses) cease to exercise their functions when it (the vital air prāṇa) ceases to perform its function’: prāṇā indriyāṇi yaṃ (scil. prāṇaṃ, the word of the preceding verse) prāṇantaṃ ceṣṭāṃ kurvantamanu paścātprāṇanti ceṣṭāṃ kurvanti . apānantaṃ ceṣṭāṃ tyajantamanu apānanti ceṣṭāṃ tyajanti . rājānamanu bhṛtyā iva; but it seems very doubtful whether he is correct in this construction of the verse, as prāṇāḥ might be taken in the general sense ‘vital airs’, and the sense ‘they perform the function of exhaling and inhaling according to the function of life (prāṇa)’ would be in conformity with the usual meaning of the words in question. E. an with apa, kṛt aff. śatṛ.

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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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