Devasura, Devāsura, Deva-asura, Devashura: 8 definitions
Devasura means something in 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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Devāsura (देवासुर) refers to the “gods and demons”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala verse 1.12.456-459.—Accordingly, “By reflecting on ultimate reality, (the energy of the goddess) wanders throughout the whole universe, including the gods, demons and men [i.e., sa-devāsura-mānuṣa] as the division of pervasion and the pervader. Through the Yoga (lit. ‘union’), by means of which (this energy) is checked (and so appropriated); and by the unfolding of its essential nature, the yogi becomes of that nature, endowed with the very essence of accomplishment. By attaining oneness in this way, Yoga—Āṇava, Śākta and Śāmbhava—has been explained, which illumines the meaning of the teacher’s (instruction)”.
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Devāsura (देवासुर) refers to the “Gods and Asuras”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Himācala (i.e., Himālaya) said to Śiva: “The entire universe consisting of gods, Asuras and human beings [i.e., devāsura-mānuṣa], is yours. O great god, though insignificant, I blabber something to you”.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions
Devāsura (देवासुर) refers to “gods and demons”, according to the Vārāṇasīmāhātmya verse 1.116-125.—Accordingly, “Engaged in the path of the observance of the skull, the Lord wanders, free from attachment, displaying the Lokamārga and the supreme Lokātīta. And the lokas are designated ‘bound souls’, including gods, demons (devāsura) and men (mānuṣa). No one realizes the supreme certainty with respect to knowledge of the self. And except for Śarva, the supreme god, there is no such behaviour of another [God]. No other god has certainty of knowledge. There is no such behaviour anywhere in the world with all its Gods. [...]”.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Devāsura (देवासुर).—I. m. pl. the gods and the demons, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 45, 27. Ii. adj. 1. referring to the gods and the demons, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 34, 8 Gorr. 2. n. elliptically (supply yuddha), the war between the gods and the demons, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 53, 8.
Devāsura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and asura (असुर).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Devāsura (देवासुर).—[masculine] [plural] the gods and the Asuras.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Devaśūra (देवशूर):—[=deva-śūra] [from deva] m. ‘d° hero’, Name of a man, [Catalogue(s)]
2) Devāsura (देवासुर):—[from deva] m. [plural] the gods and the Asuras, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.
3) [v.s. ...] mfn. (with yuddha, raṇa etc. the war) of she g° and A°s [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
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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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