Asthira: 11 definitions



Asthira means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Asthir.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Asthira (अस्थिर) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Bhīṣaṇa, who is a form of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (e.g., Bhīṣaṇa) has a further eight sub-manifestations (e.g., Asthira), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.

When depicting Asthira according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Bhīṣaṇa) having a yellow color and should carry in his hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas

Asthira (अस्थिर, “weakness”) refers to one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. What is meant by weakness (asthira) body-making karma? The rise of which causes weakness (such as major and minor limbs not knit together in a frame) is called weakness body-making karma.

The opposite-pair of asthira (weakness) is sthira (firmness).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

asthira (अस्थिर).—a (S) Unsettled, unfixed, unsteady.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

asthira (अस्थिर).—a Unstable, unsettled.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asthira (अस्थिर).—a.

1) Not stable or firm, unsteady, fickle. मनश्चञ्चलमस्थिरम् (manaścañcalamasthiram) Bg.6.26

2) Uncertain, unascertained, doubtful; जानीयादस्थिरां वाचम् (jānīyādasthirāṃ vācam) Ms.8.71.

3) Unworthy of confidence; Rām.2.

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

Asthira (अस्थिर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) 1. Trembling, shaken, unsteady. 2. Uncertain, unascertained. 3. Unworthy of confidence. E. a neg. and sthira firm.

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

Asthira (अस्थिर).—[adjective] not firm, unsteady, inconstant, dubious, uncertain. Abstr. tva† [neuter]

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

1) Asthira (अस्थिर):—[=a-sthira] mfn. unsteady, trembling, shaking, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] not permanent, transient, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] uncertain, unascertained, doubtful, [Manu-smṛti viii, 71; Mahābhārata ii, 1965]

4) [v.s. ...] not steady (in character), changeable, not deserving confidence, [Rāmāyaṇa ii, 21, 19; Pañcatantra]

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

Asthira (अस्थिर):—[a-sthira] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Trembling; uncertain; not to be trusted.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Asthira (अस्थिर):—Adj. —

1) nicht fest , unstät , beweglich [Mahābhārata 14,23,23.] —

2) von keinem Bestand.

3) nicht standhaft , wankelmüthig , unzuverlässig.

4) zweifelhaft , nicht glaubwürdig.

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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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Asthira (अस्थिर) [Also spelled asthir]:—(a) unstable, unsteady; variable; vacillating; fickle, wavering; ~[] inconstancy; unstability; unsteadiness; vacillation; also [asthairya] (nm).

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