Cintamani, aka: Cinta-mani, Cintāmaṇi, Cintāmanī; 13 Definition(s)
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Alternative spellings of this word include Chintamani.
Cintāmaṇi (Wish-fulfilling gem) - Represents the mind, the precious jewel of the perfected mind in which all wishes and aims are accomplished.(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction
Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.
Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि, “taker of worries”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Cintāmaṇivināyaka, Cintāmaṇigaṇeśa and Cintāmaṇivighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.
Cintāmaṇi is positioned in the North-Western corner of the fourth circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Ishwargangi Talab, Ausanganj, K 56 / 43H”. Worshippers of Cintāmaṇi will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the taker of all worries from the devotees”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.19490, Lon. 83.00521 (or, 25°11'41.6"N, 83°00'18.8"E) (Google maps)
Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.
Cintāmaṇi, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.(Source): Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa
Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि).—A diamond. This was salvaged from the ocean of milk along with other precious items like Airāvata, Uccaiḥṣravas, Kalpavṛkṣa, Kaustubha, Candra, Apsaras, Mahālakṣmī, Tārā, and Rumā. (Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Kaṃpa Rāmāyaṇa).(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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.
Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)
Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि).—Name of a commentary on the Sutras of the Sakatayana Vyakarana written by यक्षवर्मन् (yakṣavarman), It is also called लधुवृत्ति (ladhuvṛtti).(Source): Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
1) Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि) or Cintāmaṇi Daivajña (17th century) alias Cintāmaṇi Jyotirvid, composer of Prastāracintāmaṇi and other texts, was the son of Govinda Jyotirvid of Śivapura of Gārgyagotra and a contemporary of Shah Jehan. He was the grandson of Nīlakaṇṭha and great grandson of Ananta. Cintāmaṇi mentions about the scholarship of his ancestors and himself in the end of his commentary on Vṛttaratnākara. He says: “His grandfather Nīlakaṇṭha was well versed in all śāstras and resided in Vārāṇasī, his father Govinda was praised by the kings and well versed in Astrology. Then he tells about himself that he was scholar with numerous credibility as he was an excellent commentator (vyākhyānavidvattama), exponent in literature, knower of jyotiṣa”.
2) Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि) (19th century), son of Jīva, and the chief court astrologer in the princely state of Kohlāpur; now in Mahārāṣṭra composed a text on prosody namely Chandaḥsāra. He belongs to Śāṇḍilyagotra. He flourished during the reign of King Sāhuji, son of Śivajī and fifth descendant of Śivājī in Kohlāpur. He was well versed in logic, literature, etc. He mentions about this in the beginning of his work Śyāmalābhāṇa, which was composed during the reign of Sāhujī.(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). Pārvatīśaṅkara is an ayurveda treatment and should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.
Accordingly, when using such recipes (eg., cintāmaṇi-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)(Source): Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
1. Cintamani, Cintamanika - The name of a Vijja, whereby the thoughts of others can be read by observing them. DA.ii.389; AA.i.399.
2. Cintamani - Wife of the Treasurer Gandha. When Bhattabhatika had fulfilled his contract with Gandha, the latter ordered that all the members of his household, with the exception of Cintamani, should wait on Bhattabhatika. DhA.iii.90.
(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Cintāmaṇi (चिन्तामणि) refers to a type of jewel (ratna), into which the universe was transformed by the Buddha’s miraculous power (ṛddhibala) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV). Accordingly, “The cintāmaṇi comes from the Buddha’s relics (buddhaśarīra); when the Dharma will have disappeared, all the Buddha’s relics will change into cintāmani. Similarly, at the end of a thousand years, water will change into crystal (sphoṭika, sphaṭika) pearls”.
Note: these are precious stone that grants all the wishes of its owner.
Also, “These jewels (eg, cintāmaṇi) are of three types, Human jewels (manuṣya-ratna), Divine jewels (divya-ratna) and Bodhisattva jewels (bodhisattva-ratna). These various jewels remove the poverty (dāridrya) and the suffering (duḥkha) of beings”.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Cintamani (S.) Lit. “magic gem”, which satisfies all desires (v. Mani). It is the special symbol of Kshitigarbha, Samantabhadra, Ratnapani, Ratnasambhava, and Mahakala, as well as of Jizo and the six-armed Nyo-i-rin Kwan-non. Avalokitesvara may also carry it, but rarely, and it is the accessory symbol of several other gods. The cintamani is represented in several different ways.
The mani, or jewels, may be nine in number, in which case they represent the nava ratna, or the nine jewels borrowed from Brahmanism. Or they may represent the sapta raffia, or seven precious jewels, much considered in Tibet and China (v. ratna). The mani may also be six, or only three in number (more frequent in Japan), representing the tri-ratna, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.(Source): archive.org: The gods of northern Buddhism
Languages of India and abroad
cintāmaṇi : (m.) a wish-fulfilling gem.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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.
cintāmaṇi (चिंतामणि).—m (S) A gem of svarga supposed to yield to its possessor every thing wanted. Ex. ciṃ0 gōphaṇuni rōkaḍā || palāṇḍū ghētalā vaḷēñci ||. 2 A name of gaṇapati 3 An auspicious mark of the horse. See śubhacinhēṃ. 4 A cant term for ciñcavaṇī or tamarind-water as a sauce.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
cintāmaṇi (चिंतामणि).—A gem of svarga supposed to yield to its possessor everything wanted; a name of gaṇapati.(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
1) a fabulous gem supposed to yield to its possessor all desires, the philosopher's stone; काच- मूल्येन विक्रीतो हन्त चिन्तामणिर्मया (kāca- mūlyena vikrīto hanta cintāmaṇirmayā) Śānti 1.12; अपि चिन्तामणि- श्चिन्तापरिश्रममपेक्षते (api cintāmaṇi- ścintāpariśramamapekṣate) Māl.1.22; तदेकलुब्धे हृदि मेऽस्ति लब्धुं चिन्ता न चिन्तामणिमप्यनर्घ्यम् (tadekalubdhe hṛdi me'sti labdhuṃ cintā na cintāmaṇimapyanarghyam) N.3.81;1.145.
2) Name of Brahmā.
3) A kind of horse, having a big curl on the neck; कण्ठे यस्य महावर्तो यस्याश्वस्य प्रजायते । चिन्तामणिः स विज्ञेयश्चिन्तितार्थविवृद्धिदः (kaṇṭhe yasya mahāvarto yasyāśvasya prajāyate | cintāmaṇiḥ sa vijñeyaścintitārthavivṛddhidaḥ) || Śālihotra 18.
Derivable forms: cintāmaṇiḥ (चिन्तामणिः).
Cintāmaṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cintā and maṇi (मणि).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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