Asamskrita, aka: Asaṃskṛta; 5 Definition(s)


Asamskrita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Asaṃskṛta can be transliterated into English as Asamskrta or Asamskrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Asaṃskṛta (असंस्कृत) refers to “unconditioned dharmas” and represents one of the  two main divisions of dharmas (things), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Dharmas or things occur in two main categories: unconditioned (asaṃskṛta) dharmas and conditioned (saṃskṛta) dharmas. The asaṃskṛtas, not formed by causes, are unproduced (utpāda), without extinction (vyaya), and without duration-change (sthityanyathātva). The schools debate their number: from one to nine.

The asaṃskṛtas and especially nirvāṇa also are just as impersonal as the saṃskṛtas. Nirvāṇa is the cessation of desire (rāga), hatred (dveṣa) and delusion (moha). In that capacity, it is necessary to be aware of the non-existence of the self in order to attain nirvāna in this life, which abolishes the pride of “I am”.

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)

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1) Asaṃskṛta (असंस्कृत, “unconditioned”) refers to a set of “three unconditioned things” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 32):

  1. ākāśa (space),
  2. pratisaṃkhyā-nirodha (observed cessation),
  3. apratisaṃkhyā-nirodha (unobserved cessation).

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

2) Asaṃskṛta (असंस्कृत) or asaṃskṛtaśūnyatā refers to “emptiness of the unconditioned” one of the “twenty emptinesses” (śūnyatā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 41).

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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asaṃskṛta (असंस्कृत).—a S That has not undergone any particular saṃskāra (as marriage, thread-investiture &c.)

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Asaṃskṛta (असंस्कृत).—a.

1) Unpolished, not refined or cleansed &c.

2) Not decorated or adorned.

3) One over whom no purificatory rite (any one of the saṃskāras) has been performed.

-taḥ An ungrammatical form (apaśabda).

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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