Ayoni, Ayonin, Ayonī: 8 definitions


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: SOAS Research Online: Prekṣā meditation: History and Methods

Ayonī (अयोनी) refers to “being free from birth” and represents one of the 46 qualities of the soul to be meditated on in the “Practice of Meditation on Liberated Souls (Siddhas)”, according to Jain texts like Ācārāṅga (5.6.123-140), Ṣaṭkhaṇḍāgama ( and Samayasāra (1.49).—The pure soul can be recognised by meditation on its true nature, represented by the liberated souls of the Siddhas. The practice which leads to this realisation is meditation on the fact that attachment, aversion, passions and the influx of karmas, are ‘not mine’, that I am separate from them and consist of infinite knowledge, perception, conduct, spiritual energy, that I am the pure, enlightened, and everlasting soul. The qualities of the soul to be meditated on as truly mine are: [e.g., My soul is free from birth (ayonī)] [...] The meditation on such extended fourty-five qualities of the pure soul presents the niśacaya-naya, which is aligned with Kundakunda’s approach.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ayoni (अयोनि).—a.

1) Without origin or source, eternal; जगद्योनिरयोनिस्त्वम् (jagadyonirayonistvam) Kumārasambhava 2.9.

2) Not born from the womb; born in a manner not approved by law or religion.

3) Of unknown family; अयोनिं च वियोनिं च न गच्छैत विचक्षणः (ayoniṃ ca viyoniṃ ca na gacchaita vicakṣaṇaḥ) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 13.14.33.

-niḥ f.

1) Not the womb; अयोनौ गच्छतो योषां पुरुषम् (ayonau gacchato yoṣāṃ puruṣam) Y.2.293; Manusmṛti 11.174.

2) Not a particular verse of the Sāmaveda.

-niḥ 1 Name of Brahmā and Śiva.

2) A pestle.

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

Ayoni (अयोनि).—I. f. any but the natural part (the vulva), [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 173. Ii. adj. without beginning, [Kumārasaṃbhava, (ed. Stenzler.)] 2, 9.

Ayoni is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and yoni (योनि).

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

Ayoni (अयोनि).—1. [feminine] not a vulva.

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Ayoni (अयोनि).—2. [adjective] without, or of low, origin.

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

1) Ayoni (अयोनि):—[=ayo-ni] [from ayo > ayas] a m. a pestle, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [=a-yoni] b m. f. any place other than the pudendum muliebre, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti xi, 173; Gautama-dharma-śāstra]

3) [v.s. ...] mfn. = a-yoni-ja below, [Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā]

4) [v.s. ...] without origin or beginning (said of Brahma), [Kumāra-sambhava ii, 9]

5) [v.s. ...] (= antya-yoni) of an unworthy or unimportant origin, [Mahābhārata xiii, 1885]

6) [v.s. ...] (in rhetoric) ‘having no source that can be traced’, original

7) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Brahma (See before)

8) [v.s. ...] of Śiva, [Padma-purāṇa]

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Ayoni 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ayōni (ಅಯೋನಿ):—

1) [adjective] without origin or source.

2) [adjective] not born from the womb.

3) [adjective] born in an abnormal manner.

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Ayōni (ಅಯೋನಿ):—[noun] = ಅಯೋನಿಜ [ayonija]; 2) that which is not the womb.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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