Cinta, aka: Cintā; 9 Definition(s)


Cinta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chinta.

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Cintā (चिन्ता, “anxienty”).—One of the thirty-three vyabhicāribhāva (transitory states), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 7. These ‘transitory states’ accompany the ‘permanent state’ in co-operation. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature. (Also see the Daśarūpa 4.8-9)

2) Cintā (चिन्ता, “anxienty”) refers to the second of the ten stages of love (kāma) arising in a woman (strī) and men (puṃs) alike, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Cinta (चिन्त, “anxiety”) is caused by determinants (vibhāva) such as loss of wealth, theft of a favourite object, poverty and the like. It is to be represented on the stage by [deep] breathing, sighing, agony, meditation, thinking with a downcast face, thinness of the body and the like.

2) Cinta (चिन्त).—One of the ten stages of love (kāma);—Anxiety (cintā) should be indicated by speaking to the female Messenger (dūtī) words such as ‘By what means and in what manner will there be an Union with (lit. obtaining of) the beloved?’ In the second stage of love one should look with half-closed eyes and handle the Valaya (bangles), the Raśanā, and touch the Nīvi, the navel and the thighs.

(Source): Natya Shastra
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).


Cintā (चिन्ता).—Came out when Brahmā was in contemplation.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 54.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

F (Reflection, analysis).

(Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).


cintā : (f.) thinking; thought; consideration.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Cintā, (to cit, cinteti) “the act of thinking” (cp. citti), thought S.I, 57; Pug.25; Dhs.16, 20, 292; Sdhp.165, 216.—loka° thinking over the world, philosophy S.V, 447; A.II, 80.

—kavi “thought-poetry, ” i.e. original poetry (see kavi) A.II, 230; —maṇi the jewel of thought, the true philosopher’s stone VvA.32; N. of a science J.III, 504; —maya consisting of pure thought, metaphysical D.III, 219; J.IV, 270; Vbh.324; Nett 8, 50, 60 (°mayin, of paññā); Vism.439 (id.). (Page 268)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Cintā (चिन्ता, “reasoning”).—What is the meaning of reasoning or induction/ discursive thought (cintā)? Cintā is inductive reasoning. It is also known as the cognition /knowledge of the universal relationship (vyāpti) between the object of knowledge (sādhya) and the directly cognized object (sādhana). It is also refered as logic /tarka. What is the function of induction / discursive thought? To enable cognition like, ‘wherever there is smoke, there is fire’.

(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

cintā (चिंता).—f (S) Care, concern, anxiety, solicitude. 2 S Thinking, considering, pondering &c. See cintana. cintā vāhaṇēṃ g. of o. To take thought of or about; to care for. cintā nāhīṃ It is of no importance; it does not matter.

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

cintā (चिंता).—f Care, anxiety; thinking. cintā nāhīṃ It does not matter. cintā vāhaṇēṃ To care for.

(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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