Dirghakala, Dīrghakāla: 4 definitions


Dirghakala 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.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Dirghakala in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Dīrghakāla (दीर्घकाल) refers to a “long time” (of practising yoga/meditation), according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] What is to be gained by [manipulating] the vital winds, [even when] practised for a long time (dīrghakāla)? [What gained] by the hundreds of [ways] of holding the breath, which cause sickness and are arduous, and by the many Mudrās, which are painful and difficult to master? You [should] serve continually the one and only guru to obtain that [no-mind state] whose nature is innate, on the arising of which, the breath, mighty [though it is], instantly disappears by itself. [...]”.

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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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[«previous next»] — Dirghakala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dīrghakāla (दीर्घकाल).—n.

(-laṃ) A long time, a long period. E. dīrgha, and kāla time.

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

Dīrghakāla (दीर्घकाल):—[=dīrgha-kāla] [from dīrgha] m. a l° time, [Manu-smṛti viii, 145; Mahābhārata]

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

Dīrghakāla (दीर्घकाल):—[dīrgha-kāla] (laḥ) 1. n. A long time.

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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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