Ashabda, Aśabda, Aśābda: 7 definitions


Ashabda 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.

The Sanskrit terms Aśabda and Aśābda can be transliterated into English as Asabda or Ashabda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Aśabda (अशब्द):—[aśabdaṃ] Soundless

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Aśabda (अशब्द, “non-sound”) or Aśabdabrahman refers to one of the two types of Brahman to be meditated upon, according to the Maitryupaniṣad.—Accordingly, “Verily there are two Brahmans to be meditated upon: sound (śabda) and non-sound (aśabda). Now non-sound is revealed only by sound. Now, in this case the Sound-Brahman is OṂ. Ascending by it, one comes to an end in non-sound... This is immortality... As a spider mounting up by means of his thread (tantu) obtains free space, thus, assuredly, indeed, does that meditator, mounting up by means of OṂ, obtain independence (svātantrya).... Passing beyond this variously characterized Sound-Brahman, men disappear into the supreme, the non-sound, the unmanifest Brahman”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśabda (अशब्द).—a.

1) Not expressed in words; किमर्थमशब्दं रुद्यते (kimarthamaśabdaṃ rudyate) K.6 inaudibly.

2) what is not actually expressed by a sacred word; न ह्यशब्दं प्रतीयते (na hyaśabdaṃ pratīyate) Manusmṛti 4.3.1.

-bdaḥ Slender, abuse; दिवं स्पृशत्यशब्दोऽस्य त्रस्यन्ति पितरश्च वै (divaṃ spṛśatyaśabdo'sya trasyanti pitaraśca vai) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 13.126.3.

-bdam 1 The 'Inexpressible', i. e. Brahman.

2) (In Sāṅ Phil.) प्रधान (pradhāna) or primary germ of nature; ईक्षतेर्नाशब्दम् (īkṣaternāśabdam) Ś.B.1.1.5.

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Aśābda (अशाब्द).—a. Not conveyed by the word; अशाब्द इति चेत् स्याद् वाक्यशब्दत्वात् (aśābda iti cet syād vākyaśabdatvāt) | Manusmṛti 5.1.5.

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

Aśabda (अशब्द).—[adjective] soundless; unvedic.

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

1) Aśabda (अशब्द):—[=a-śabda] mfn. soundless, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xiv; Āpastamba-dharma-sūtra; Taittirīya-prātiśākhya]

2) [v.s. ...] not Vedic, [Jaimini]

3) Aśābda (अशाब्द):—[=a-śābda] mfn. not based on a Vedic text, [Jaimini]

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

Aśabda (अशब्द) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Asadda.

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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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