Asmita, Asmitā: 6 definitions


Asmita means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Asmitā (अस्मिता) refers to “egoity”.—[...] Although the concept of an absolute ego [i.e., ahaṃbhāva] is not found elsewhere in any school of Indian thought, the ego is revalued and seen to possess positive qualities by several Tantric traditions that developed around the end of the first millennium. The most evident precedent is Patañjali’s Yoga where egoity (asmitā) is considered to be the object of the most intense and elevated form of concentration (asmitāsamādhi). It leads directly to the realisation of the pure consciousness nature of the Person (puruṣa) and hence his detachment from the domain of the bondage of Nature (prakṛti) which is, essentially, the sphere of objectivity.

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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

Asmitā (अस्मिता).—Egotism; दृग्दर्शनशक्त्योरेकात्मतेवास्मिता (dṛgdarśanaśaktyorekātmatevāsmitā) Pat. Sūtra 1.17. 'अविद्यास्मितारागद्वेषाभिनिवेशाः पञ्च क्लेशाः । तत्रा- नित्येषु नित्यत्वाभिमानः (avidyāsmitārāgadveṣābhiniveśāḥ pañca kleśāḥ | tatrā- nityeṣu nityatvābhimānaḥ) |' इति टीका (iti ṭīkā) Śi.4.55.

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

Asmitā (अस्मिता):—[=asmi-tā] [from asmi] f. egoism, [Yoga-sūtra] [commentator or commentary] on [Śiśupāla-vadha iv, 55, etc.]

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Asmita 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

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Asmitā (अस्मिता):—(nf) ego; vanity, pride; assertion.

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