Ashtangayoga, aka: Ashtanga-yoga, Aṣṭāṅgayoga; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāṅgayoga can be transliterated into English as Astangayoga or Ashtangayoga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग).—Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhyāna, Dhāraṇā and Samādhi. Yama. That which prevents the yogīs from doing prohibited things. Ahiṃsā, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacarya and Aparigraha are yamas. (See full article at Story of Aṣṭāṅgayoga from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग).—Consists of āsana, prāṇarodha, pratyāhāra, dhāraṇā, dhyāna, samādhi, together with yamas and niyamas.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa 104. 24-25.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

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Aṣṭāṅgayoga (अष्टाङ्गयोग) is explained by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka as yoga consisting of eight limbs, listed as:

  1. yama,
  2. niyama,
  3. āsana,
  4. prāṇāyāma,
  5. pratyāhāra,
  6. dhāraṇā,
  7. dhyāna
  8. samādhi.

Thus they are identical with those found in the Yogasūtras of Patañjali (2.29). However, while the Yogasūtras list five yamas and five niyamas (2.30, 2.32), the Śaradātilaka lists ten each (7–9ab).

Source: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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aṣṭāṅgayōga (अष्टांगयोग).—m S Yoga or Austere devotion in its eight branches or modes. See the eight under aṣṭavidhasamādhi. Ex. aṣṭāṅgayōgābhyāsēṃ || citta nirmaḷa hōya āpaisēṃ ||

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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