Ayus, aka: Āyus; 5 Definition(s)


Ayus means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Āyus (आयुस्) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Āyus (आयुस्).—Son of Purūravas and father of Nahuṣa. Genealogy. Descending in order from Viṣṇu Brahmā-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus.

Āyus was born to Purūravas of Urvaśī. To Āyus was born of his wife Svarbhānavī Nahuṣa. (Śloka 24, Chapter 7, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata). Birth of the son. See under Nahuṣa. Other details. Āyus was a king who had acquired great power by penance. (Śloka 15, Chapter 296, Śānti Parva, Mahābhārata). (See full article at Story of Āyus from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Āyus (आयुस्).—One who was the king of frogs. Suśobhanā was the daughter of this frog-king. Suśobhanā was married to King Parīkṣit. For the interesting story of the marriage of a king with a frog see under Parīkṣit II.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Āyus (आयुस्, “life”) or Āyurvaśitā refers to the “mastery of life” and represents one of the “ten masteries of the Bodhisattvas” (vaśitā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 74). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., āyus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āyus (आयुस्).—n. [i-asi-ṇicca Uṇ.2.117]

1) Life, duration of life; दीर्घमायुः (dīrghamāyuḥ) R.9.62,12.48; तक्षकेणापि दष्टस्य आयुर्मर्माणि रक्षति (takṣakeṇāpi daṣṭasya āyurmarmāṇi rakṣati) H.2.16; आयुर्वर्षशतं नृणां परिमितम् (āyurvarṣaśataṃ nṛṇāṃ parimitam) Bh.3.17, शतायुर्वै पुरुषः (śatāyurvai puruṣaḥ) Ait. Br.; प्राणो हि भूतानामायुः । तस्मात्सर्वायुषमुच्यते सर्वमेव त आयुर्यान्ति (prāṇo hi bhūtānāmāyuḥ | tasmātsarvāyuṣamucyate sarvameva ta āyuryānti) Tait. Up.2.3.1

2) Vital power.

3) Food.

4) Name of a ceremony called आयुष्टोम (āyuṣṭoma) performed to secure long life, together with the गो (go) and ज्योतिस् (jyotis) part of the अभिप्लव (abhiplava) ceremony. (In comp. the final s of this word is changed to before hard consonants, and to r before soft ones).

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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