Astika, aka: Āstika, Āstīka; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

Astika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Purana

[Astika in Purana glossaries]

Āstīka (आस्तीक).—The son of the Maharṣi Jaratkāru and his wife, also named Jaratkāru. He stopped King Janamejaya’s Sarpasatra and saved the nāgas. Birth. There is a story about Āstīka’s birth in the Devī Bhāgavata. Long ago the people of the world were so much troubled by the serpents, that they sought protection from Kaśyapa Prajāpati. To find a remedy for this, Kaśyapa discussed the matter with Brahmā. To put an end to the troubles from the serpents, Brahmā suggested that a number of mantras and a deity as the basis of those mantras should be created. Accordingly Kaśyapa created many mantras and Manasā Devī as the basic deity of those mantras. She is named "Manasādevī" because Kaśyapa created her by his mental power. Manasādevī has eleven other names also, namely Jaratkāru, Jagatgaurī, Siddhayoginī, Vaiṣṇavī, Nāgabhaginī, Śaivī, Nāgeśvarī, Jaratkārupriyā, Āstīkamātā, Viṣaharā and Mahājñānayutā. (See full article at Story of Āstīka from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
Purana book cover
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Astika in Itihasa glossaries]

Āstīka (आस्तीक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.34.13, I.48, I.44.20) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Āstīka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Astika in Hinduism glossaries]

Astika was the son of a Rishi named Jaratkaru and the sister of Vasuki, foremost among serpents. The name of this lady was also Jaratkaru.

When King Janamejaya performed the great snake-sacrifice aimed at the destruction of all the snakes in the world, (to avenge the death of his father Parikshit at the hands of the serpent Takshaka), his mother sent Astika to stop the sacrifice. He obtained a boon from Janamejaya, which brought the sacrifice to an end and saved the life of Takshaka. This story is told here.

(Source): Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Several Indian intellectual traditions were codified during the medieval period into a standard list of six orthodox systems or ṣaḍdarśanas, all of which cite Vedic authority as their source. Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimāṃsā and Vedanta are classified as āstika schools:

  1. Nyāyá, the school of logic
  2. Vaiśeṣika, the atomist school
  3. Sāṃkhya, the enumeration school
  4. Yoga, the school of Patañjali (which assumes the metaphysics of Sāṃkhya)
  5. Mimāṃsā, the tradition of Vedic exegesis
  6. Vedanta or Uttara Mimāṃsā, the Upaniṣadic tradition.

These are often coupled into three groups for both historical and conceptual reasons: Nyāyá-Vaiśeṣika, Sāṃkhya-Yoga, and Mimāṃsā-Vedanta.

Tantric traditions in Hinduism have both āstika and nāstika lines;

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Astika in Marathi glossaries]

āstika (आस्तिक).—a (S) That believes in God and a future state; Theist in opp. to nāstika Atheist. 2 This word is uttered at night on lying down to sleep; as a safeguard against snakes &c. Gen. with redup. ā0 ā0

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āstika (आस्तिक).—a Theist. A believer. āstikya n Theism. Belief of a Deity and a future state.

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

[Astika in Sanskrit glossaries]

Astika (अस्तिक).—Name of a sage whose intercession saved the serpents from being burnt down in the sacrificial fire of Janamejaya.

Derivable forms: astikaḥ (अस्तिकः).

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Āstika (आस्तिक).—a. (- f.) [अस्ति परलोकः इति मतिर्यस्य, ठक् (asti paralokaḥ iti matiryasya, ṭhak)]

1) One who believes in God and another world; यन्नास्त्येव तदस्ति वस्त्विति मृषा जल्पद्भिरेवास्तिकैः (yannāstyeva tadasti vastviti mṛṣā jalpadbhirevāstikaiḥ) Prab.2

2) A believer in sacred tradition.

3) Pious, faithful, believing; आस्तिकः श्रद्दधानश्च (āstikaḥ śraddadhānaśca) Y.1.268.

-kaḥ [or āstīkaḥ] Name of a Muni. cf. अगस्त्यो माधवश्चैव मुचकुन्दो महामुनिः । कपिलो मुनिरास्तीकः पञ्चैते सुखशायिनः (agastyo mādhavaścaiva mucakundo mahāmuniḥ | kapilo munirāstīkaḥ pañcaite sukhaśāyinaḥ) ||

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Āstīka (आस्तीक).—a. Relating to, or treating of, the sage आस्तीक (āstīka).

-kaḥ Name of an old saint, son of Jaratkāru; (at whose intercession King Janamejaya spared the Nāga Takṣaka from the destruction to which he had doomed the serpent race). Mb. gives the following etymology of the name; नाम चास्याभवत्ख्यातं लोकेष्वास्तीक इत्युत । अस्तीत्युक्त्वा गतो यस्मात्पिता गर्भस्थमेव तम् (nāma cāsyābhavatkhyātaṃ lokeṣvāstīka ityuta | astītyuktvā gato yasmātpitā garbhasthameva tam) || cf. सर्पाप- सर्प भद्रं ते गच्छ सर्प वनान्तरम् । जनमेजयस्य यज्ञान्ते आस्तीकवचनं स्मर (sarpāpa- sarpa bhadraṃ te gaccha sarpa vanāntaram | janamejayasya yajñānte āstīkavacanaṃ smara) ||

-kam A section (parva) of the first book of the Mahābhārata.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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