Astambha, A-stambha: 3 definitions

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Astambha 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.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Astambha (अस्तम्भ) refers to “having no pole”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] When the thorn that is the mind is dislodged by the natural, no-mind [state], the body becomes loose [and collapses] like a large umbrella without its pole (astambha). When the thorn of mental-faculties has been uprooted, roots and all, by means of the no-mind spade, the sage becomes happy. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Astambha (अस्तम्भ):—[=a-stambha] [from a-stabdha] mf(ā)n. without pillars, [Raghuvaṃśa i, 41]

2) [v.s. ...] unassuming, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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Astambha 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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