Ashasti, Aśasti: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Aśasti can be transliterated into English as Asasti or Ashasti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Āśāsti (आशास्ति) refers to “striving after (the divine state)”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] My mind does not strive (āśāsti) after the divine state, just as a woman giving birth never craves enjoyment. Having gained perfect devotion to you it sings like a peacock who has heard the sound of the rain clouds. There is no place where you do not reside; there is no voice in which you are not expressed. There is no word in which you are not heard; there is no thing in which you do not shine. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśasti (अशस्ति).—f. Ved.

1) Not wishing well, an evil wish or design, curse, imprecation; प्र यो भनक्ति वनुषामशस्तीः (pra yo bhanakti vanuṣāmaśastīḥ) Ṛgveda 6.68.6.

2) A curser, hater.

Derivable forms: aśastiḥ (अशस्तिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Āśāsti (आशास्ति).—f. (once in Sanskrit, [Boehtlingk] 3.256 Gebet; from ā-śās, wish, desire), desire: Udānavarga xxx.29 sarvā hy āśāstaya(ś) chit(t)vā, = Pali (Vin. ii.156.27 et alibi) āsattiyo, but this Pali word = Sanskrit āsakti, attachment, and so substan- tially the same as longing, desire. Is āśāsti false Sanskrit for Pali āsatti (used in the Pali form of the same verse where it occurs in Udānavarga)?

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

1) Aśasti (अशस्ति):—[=a-śasti] [from a-śas] f. not wishing well, curse, [Ṛg-veda vi, 68, 6]

2) [v.s. ...] (generally personified) a curser, hater, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

3) Āśāsti (आशास्ति):—[=ā-śāsti] [from ā-śās] f. a prayer, [Mahāvīra-caritra]

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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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