Apunya, Apuṇya: 8 definitions


Apunya 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.

In Hinduism

Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

Source: archive.org: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Apuṇya (अपुण्य) refers to the “demerits” (accumulated in previous existences), according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, “[...] Moreover, charming couplets are often heard chanted by the Manes for the welfare of Ruci, who was for renouncing the world:—‘O darling, man’s karma accumulated in previous existences, that is, his merits und demerits (puṇya-apuṇya-ātmaka), wears away day and night by his “enjoyments,” that is, his experiences of the joys and sorrows of life. Therefore you, who know what dharma is, will attain peace when your karma wears away’”.

Arts book cover
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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Apuṇya (अपुण्य).—a. Not virtuous or holy, wicked, bad; °कृत् (kṛt) one who does not perform meritorious deeds, or who commits unrighteous deeds.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Apuṇya (अपुण्य).—mfn.

(-ṇyaḥ-ṇyā-ṇyaṃ) Wicked, bad. E. a, and puṇya virtuous. So apuṇyaśīla.

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

Apuṇya (अपुण्य):—[=a-puṇya] mfn. impure, wicked.

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

Apuṇya (अपुण्य):—[tatpurusha compound] 1. m. f. n. (ṇyaḥ-ṇyā-ṇyam)

1) Impure, bad; e. g. in the Bhāgav. Pur.: adṛśyajhillīsvanakarṇaśūla ulūkavāgbhirvyathitāntarātmā . apuṇyavṛkṣāñchrayate &c. (comm. yeṣāṃ chāyāpi pāpahetuḥ . tepuṇyavṛkṣāḥ).

2) Vicious, wicked; e. g. in the Yoga Sūtra: maitrīkaruṇāmuditopekṣāṇāṃ sukhaduḥkhapuṇyāpuṇyaviṣayāṇāṃ bhāvanātaścittaprasādanam (one comm. apuº = apuṇyavat; another = apuṇyaśīla). 2. n.

(-ṇyam) Impurity; e. g. Mitākṣ.: aprakāśitātmano vyabhicārātpuruṣāntarasaṃbhogasaṃkalpādyadapuṇyaṃ tasyartau rajodarśane śuddhiḥ.

2) Viciousness, sin. E. a neg. and puṇya.

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

Apuṇya (अपुण्य):—[(ṇyaḥ-ṇyā-ṇyaṃ) a.] Wicked.

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

Apuṇya (अपुण्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Auṇṇa, Aunna, Apuṇṇa.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Apuṇya (अपुण्य):—adj. without merit; unholy; irreligious; n. sin;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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