Dhyeya, Dhyēya: 17 definitions


Dhyeya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Dhyey.

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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Dhyeya (ध्येय) refers to “one who is meditated upon”, representing an aspect of Govinda, according to the Ghaṭikāyantraghaṭanāvidhi, an unpublished manuscript describing the ritual connected with the setting up of the water clock and its invocation.—Accordingly, “[Now the pala-verses]: [...] For the welfare of the world, there [manifested the incarnations of] the Fish, the Tortoise, the Boar, the Man-Lion, One who had a Short Stature, Paraśurāma, Rāma, Kṛṣṇa, Buddha and Kalkin. I bow to Govinda, the god of gods, who in this manner assumed diverse forms, diverse shapes and diverse names, and who is meditated upon by sage [i.e., yogi-dhyeya]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Dhyeya (ध्येय) or Dhyeyarūpā refers to a “form that can be contemplated”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “[...]  You have a third form which is present (in the Transmission of) the Youth and ends with (that of) the Aged. You will be in a form that can be contemplated [i.e., dhyeya-rūpā] by means of this very form. Consisting of great energy and, inflammed, it blazes with incomparable qualities. O mother of Kula, it illumines the great meditation within the body. [...]”.

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Dhyeya (ध्येय) refers to “(one who is worthy of) meditation” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “[...] O lord, please ponder over who you are and who this subtle Prakṛti is. Without Prakṛti how can the great lord of the phallic form exist? You are worthy of the worship, respect and meditation [i.e., dhyeya] of all living beings for ever, thanks to Prakṛti. Thinking of this in your heart, please reply”.

2) Dhyeya (ध्येय) refers to the “object of meditation”, and is used to describe Kumāra / Kārttikeya (i.e., Śiva’s son), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.6 (“The miraculous feat of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin named Nārada said to Kumāra (Kārttikeya): “[...] O Skanda, you are the protector of all, the knower of all and the lord of all and Īśāna. By your penetration you protect all. You alone are the knower of music, the great lord and knower of the Vedas. You are all-in-all, the creator, the lord of the gods and the goal of the good. You are the joy of Pārvatī, the son of Śiva. You are the perfect wisdom, the self-ruler, the meditator and the object of meditation (dhyeya). You are the father of the fathers and the source of origin of good souls. [...]”.

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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)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Dhyeya (ध्येय) refers to “that which is to be meditated on”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “Thought, intellect and ego are the officiants; mind is the Soma-drinking sacrificer, and it sacrifices the senses and ten vital breaths into the orb of light. [This] orb of light shines from the root [of the palate] to the aperture [at the top of the head]. It is to be meditated on (dhyeya) constantly by yogins [because] it bestows the eight supernatural powers such as minimisation”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dhyēya (ध्येय).—a S Fit for contemplation or meditation; to be contemplated or thought upon.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

dhyēya (ध्येय).—a Fit for contemplation or medita- tion. Ideal.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhyeya (ध्येय).—a.

1) To be meditated upon, to be contemplated.

2) Fit for meditation; ध्येयः सदा सवितृमण्डल- मध्यवर्ती (dhyeyaḥ sadā savitṛmaṇḍala- madhyavartī) Viṣṇudhyānam.

3) To be imagined or conceived.

See also (synonyms): dhyātavya.

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

Dhyeya (ध्येय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) To be meditated or pondered. E. dhyai to meditate, karmaṇi yat aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhyeya (ध्येय).—[adjective] = dhyātavya.

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

Dhyeya (ध्येय):—[from dhyai] mfn. to be meditated on, fit for meditation, to be pondered or imagined, [Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhyeya (ध्येय):—[(yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) a. Vide dhyātavya].

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dhyeya (ध्येय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Dhijja, Dhea, Dhejja.

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Dhyeya in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dhyeya (ध्येय) [Also spelled dhyey]:—(nm) an aim, end; —[vāda] tendenciousness, a theory or attitude in literature which inspires the artist to so organise his composition as to strive for the achievement of a definite end; ~[vādī] tendencious.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dhyēya (ಧ್ಯೇಯ):—

1) [adjective] that is to be meditated on; fit for meditation.

2) [adjective] to be achieved; that is aimed at.

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Dhyēya (ಧ್ಯೇಯ):—

1) [noun] that which is aimed as a goal.

2) [noun] the subject matter to be meditated on.

3) [noun] a conception of something in its most excellent or perfect form; an ideal.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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