Brahmasana, Brahmāsana, Brahma-asana, Brahman-asana: 9 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Brahmasana 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 and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन).—Paraśurāma was sitting in this posture while performing penance.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 57. 6.
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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन) is one of the eighty-four āsanas (postures) taught by Śiva, according to the Haṭharatnāvalī 3.7-20. It is said that Ādinātha (Śiva) hand-picked 84 yoga postures from 84,00,000 living beings and taught them for the purpose of introducing physical health and well-being to the human body. The compound brahmāsana translates to Brahmā and āsana (posture).

The 17th-century Haṭharatnāvalī is a Sanskrit reference book dealing with these āsanas (e.g., brahmāsana) which form a major constituent of the haṭhayoga practice. It was written by Śrīnivāsa.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन).—n S A posture suited to contemplation of brahma,--abstract contemplation. 2 One of the aṣṭādhikāra, the same as varttakī.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन).—a particular position for profound meditation.

Derivable forms: brahmāsanam (ब्रह्मासनम्).

Brahmāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and āsana (आसन).

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

Brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन).—n.

(-naṃ) A posture suited to devout and religious meditation. E. brahma Brahma and āsana sitting.

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

1) Brahmāsana (ब्रह्मासन):—[from brahma > brahman] n. the seat of the chief priest, [???]

2) Brahmāsanā (ब्रह्मासना):—[from brahmāsana > brahma > brahman] f. a [particular] posture suited to devout religious meditation, [Kādambarī]

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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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