Ashtaguna, Aṣṭaguṇa, Ashtan-guna: 10 definitions


Ashtaguna 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 term Aṣṭaguṇa can be transliterated into English as Astaguna or Ashtaguna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ashtaguna in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण).—(1) Bhūtadayā, Kṣamā, Anasūyā, Gaurava, Anāyāsa, Maṅgala, Akārpaṇya and Aspṛhā. (2) Buddhibala, Kulaśuddhi, Śama, Learning, Parākrama, Mitabhāṣaṇa, Dāna and Kṛtajñatā. (3) Absence of Jealousy, Ṛjutva, Śucitva, Santoṣa, Bhāṣaṇabhaṅgi, Śama, Satya, Sthairya.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ashtaguna in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण) [=guṇāṣṭaka?] refers to the “eight yogic powers”, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] If one worships those feet, immobile on (one’s) head, as the form of the teacher, the (divine) qualities of realisation (manifest along) with the eight yogic powers (guṇāṣṭaka) and Śambhu’s plane. I have explained how the three are imperceptible to anyone who does not possess the Command.  [...]”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Ashtaguna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण).—a. eightfold; अन्नादष्टगुणं चूर्णम् (annādaṣṭaguṇaṃ cūrṇam); दाप्योऽष्टगुणमत्ययम् (dāpyo'ṣṭaguṇamatyayam) Manusmṛti 8.4.

-ṇam the eight qualities which a Brāhmaṇa should possess; दया सर्वभूतेषु, क्षान्तिः, अनसूया, शौचम्, अनायासः, मङ्गलम्, अकार्पण्यम्, अस्पृहा चेति (dayā sarvabhūteṣu, kṣāntiḥ, anasūyā, śaucam, anāyāsaḥ, maṅgalam, akārpaṇyam, aspṛhā ceti) || Gautamasūtra. °आश्रय (āśraya) a. endowed with these eight qualities.

Aṣṭaguṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and guṇa (गुण).

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

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण).—mfn.

(-ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) Eight fold. E. aṣṭa eight, guṇa number.

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

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण).—[adjective] = [preceding] adj.

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

1) Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण):—[=aṣṭa-guṇa] [from aṣṭa > aṣṭan] mfn. eightfold, [Manu-smṛti viii, 400]

2) [v.s. ...] n. ‘eight qualities’, in [compound] e.g. aṣṭaguṇāśraya mfn. endowed with the eight qualities (as a king), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Aṣṭaguṇa (अष्टगुण):—[aṣṭa-guṇa] (ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) a. Eight-fold.

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Ashtaguna 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ashtaguna in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aṣṭaguṇa (ಅಷ್ಟಗುಣ):—

1) [noun] quantity that is eight times the other.

2) [noun] (pl.) eight types of materialistic possessions (as hidden wealth, underground water, flora, etc.).

3) [noun] (pl.) eight mystic powers that can be accomplished by yogic practice.

4) [noun] (pl.) (Jain.) eight characteristics of the soul that has attained salvation.

5) [noun] (pl.) the eight qualities which a Brāhmaṇa must possess (as kindness, forgiveness, being free from jealousy, purity of mind and body, etc.).

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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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