Asharira, Aśarīra: 11 definitions


Asharira means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Aśarīra can be transliterated into English as Asarira or Asharira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Aśarīra (अशरीर) refers to “bodiless”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 21.2-5]—“[...] An action of [one who is] bodiless (aśarīra) cannot be seen, O Parameśvara. When having a body [results in a condition] in all living beings of [being] bound, how does the agency of the bound [individual] contradict those agents [who are] devoid of power? Thus, [because] mantras consist of the nature of Śiva, how do they actually accomplish [anything]?”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Aśarīra (अशरीर) refers to “absence of body”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Further, the so-called ‘insight (prajñā)’ is a word for calm because it is free from the flame of false discrimination; [...] a word for knowledge because it is free from the duality of consciousness and knowledge; a word for uncrushability because it has no contrary; a word for no body (aśarīra-pada) because it is not brought into being; a word for the thorough understanding because it is [free from] the suffering which conceptually constructed; a word for getting rid of all-pervasive origin of [suffering] because it conquered all tendencies of desires; a word for cessation because it is without occurrence; [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśarīra (अशरीर).—a. Bodiless, incorporeal.

-raḥ 1 The Supreme Being (paramātman), Brahman.

2) (In Mīmāṃsā) A god or deity in general.

3) Cupid, the god of love चेतांसि चिन्ताभिरिवाशरीरः (cetāṃsi cintābhirivāśarīraḥ) Kirātārjunīya 17.1; Śiśupālavadha 9.61.

4) An ascetic who has renounced all worldly connections; °त्वम्, °ता (tvam, °tā) absolution.

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

Aśarīra (अशरीर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Bodiless, incorporeal m.

(-raḥ) A name of Kama or love. E. a neg. śarīra body.

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

Aśarīra (अशरीर).—m. Kāma, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 61.

Aśarīra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and śarīra (शरीर).

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

1) Aśarīra (अशरीर):—[=a-śarīra] mf(ā)n. bodiless, incorporeal, [Aitareya-brāhmaṇa; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xiv, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] not coming from a visible body (as a voice), [Rāmāyaṇa iv, 63, 6; Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Kāma, [Śiśupāla-vadha ix, 61]

4) [v.s. ...] n. (in rhetoric) absence of the verb in a sentence.

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

Aśarīra (अशरीर):—[a-śarīra] (raḥ) m. Kāma a. Incorporeal.

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Asharira in German

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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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Aśarīra (अशरीर):—[[~rī]] (a) incorporeal; immaterial; unearthly.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aśarīra (ಅಶರೀರ):—[adjective] having no material body or form; not corporeal; incorporeal; bodiless.

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Aśarīra (ಅಶರೀರ):—

1) [noun] Manmatha, the Love-God.

2) [noun] the sky.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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