Avac, Avāc: 8 definitions


Avac 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Avach.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

Avāc (अवाच्) refers to “that which is speechless”, according to the Bṛhadāraṇyikopaniṣat 3.8.6, 8.—Accordingly, while describing the absolute nature of Brahma: “Gārgi said, ‘Yājñavalkya, that which is above the sky, below the earth, between the two and called [past, present and future], is stitched and cross-stitched in what?’ Yājñavalkya said, ‘Gārgi, the Brahmins call that very [thing] the imperishable one. [It is] not coarse, not particulated, not short, not long, bloodless, unlubricated, shadowless, undarkened, windless, spaceless, unattached, tasteless, scentless, invisible, inaudible, speechless (avāc), mindless [...]’”.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avāc (अवाच्).—a. [na. ba.] Speechless, dumb. n. Brahman.

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

Avāc (अवाच्).—mfn. (-vāk) Dumb. E. a priv. vāc speech.

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Avāc (अवाच्).—or avāñc mfn. (-vāṅ-vācī-vāk) 1. Downlooked, headlong. 2. South. ind. (-vāk) 1. South, southern. 2. Downwards. f. (-vācī) 1. The south quarter. 2. The lower regions. E. ava down, downwards, añc to go, kvip affix; the south being considered as below.

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

Āvac (आवच्).—address, invoke.

Āvac is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ā and vac (वच्).

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

1) Avāc (अवाच्):—[=a-vāc] [from avākin] 1. a-vāc mfn. idem, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xiv; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) Āvac (आवच्):—[=ā-√vac] [Ātmanepada] ([Aorist] 1. sg. ā-voce, [Ṛg-veda vii, 32, 2]) to address, invoke.

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

1) Avāc (अवाच्):—[a-vāc] (k) a. Dumb.

2) [avā+c] or avāñca (ṅ-cī-k) a. Down-looked; southern.

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Avac 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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