Dosha, aka: Dosa, Doṣa, Dosā, Doṣā; 22 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Doṣa and Doṣā can be transliterated into English as Dosa or Dosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Doṣa (दोष) has been defined as that which is one of the components of Prāṇa (‘life’) and plays causative role in physiology and pathology. As it covers the wide range of the entire living world, ti has been applied to the other animate groups as well such as those relating to animals (aśvāyurveda, gajāyurveda, gavāyurveda etc.) and plants (vṛkṣāyurveda). Doṣas have wide range of functions. Similarly, though doṣas are all-pervasive they are predominantly manifested in certain sites such as vāta below the navel, pitta between the heart and navel and kapha in the region above the head.

When prāṇa (vitae) enters into the material body, the three doṣas—vāta, pitta and kapha—emerge to take up the physiological functions. Vāta consists of air (and ether), Pitta of fire and Kapha of water (in combination with earth.) They are called dhātu, doṣa and mala because of their maintaining, pathogenic and excretory phases. The three Doṣas (kapha, pitta and vāta) generally pervade the entire body and are particularly located in head, navel and below respectively. As the world is maintained by air, the sun and the moon by their functions of movements, receiving and releasing, the body is maintained by the three Doṣas (vāta, pitta and kapha) with respective functions. Doṣa is so-called as it defines Prakṛti (human constitution) as well as produces abnormality thus playing vital role in physiology and pathology of living beings.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

The concept of Doṣa has been evolved by the great sages of Āyurveda to differentiate with livings and non-livings. Though Śarīra (human body) is made up of Pañca Mahābhūta, it attains life only when Ātma (spirit), Indriya (senses) and Mana join to it. Doṣa are the biological units of the living body which are responsible for its all functions. Doṣa are three viz. Vāta, Pitta and Kapha, and each of which is also made up of Mahābhūta. Vāyu and Ākāṣa Mahābhūta form Vāta-doṣa, Agni Mahābhūta forms Pitta-doṣa, and Pṛthvī and Jala Mahābhūta form Kapha-doṣa.

The word Doṣa is derived from the verb ‘duṣa’ which means to vitiate. In the normal state of equilibrium they support the body and when vitiated produce the disease. Doṣa play important role in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases.

Source: Hand book of domestic medicine: Basic principles of Āyurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Doṣa (दोष).—A Vasu; husband of Śarvarī and father of Śimśumāra; a kalā of Viṣṇu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 11-14.

2) Doṣā (दोषा).—A queen of Puṣpārṇa and mother of Prado1ṣa, Niśitha and Vyuṣṭha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 13. 13-14.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Doṣa (दोष) refers to the ten “faults” in a poetical work (kāvya), accoridng to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 17. They are opposed by the ten guṇas (‘merit’) which provide sweetness and depth of meaning.

The following are defined as the ten faults (doṣa):

  1. gūḍhārtha (circumlocution),
  2. arthāntara (superfluous expression),
  3. arthahīna (want of significance),
  4. bhinnārtha (defective significance),
  5. ekārtha (tautology),
  6. abhiplutārtha (want of synthesis),
  7. nyāyādapeta (logical defect),
  8. viṣama (metrical defect),
  9. visandhi (hiatus),
  10. śabdacyuta (slang).

2) Doṣa (दोष) or Pañcadoṣa refers to the “five faults” of a singer according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 32.519-525:—“The five faults of a singer are that his voice (lit. he) may be Kapila, unsteady, Sandaṣṭa (bitten), Kākī (crow-like), and Tumbakī (nasal)... These are the essential facts about the qualities, and faults of voice, related by me”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Doṣa (दोष, “faults”) refers to “poetic faults” as opposed to guṇa (poetic merits), and are ten in number. These faults are divided into two types—sphuṭa or permanent and asphuṭa which are not permanent. The blemishes like cyutasaṃskṛti etc. are permanent. So the words and meanings which will go to constitute poetry must be devoid of these permanent blemishes.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, 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 (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

1) Doṣa (दोष).—A fault of pronunciation; cf एताः स्वरदोषभावनाः अतोन्ये व्यञ्जनदोषाः (etāḥ svaradoṣabhāvanāḥ atonye vyañjanadoṣāḥ) M.Bh. on I. 1.1 Vart.18

2) Doṣa.—Defect shown in connection with an expression or explanation.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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.

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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

Doṣa (दोष, “fault”) refers to one of the twelve prameya (“objects of valid knowledge) according to the first chapter of Gautama’s Nyāyasūtra (2nd century CE). Prameya in turn represents the second of the sixteen padārthas (“categories”). Accordingly, “doṣa (fault) causes activity; rāga, dveṣa, moha etc. are the roots of all activities”.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories
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Nyaya (न्याय, nyaya) refers to a school of Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. The Nyaya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaisheshika in terms of metaphysics.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

The review of ancient rasa literature revealed that the ancient Rasācāryas have recognised number of doṣas for almost all the drugs of mineral origin including metals, minerals and mercury. Not only these ancient scholars have recognised the bad effects of each doṣas of the drugs and tried to remove them specifically and have evolved or described suitable processes, techniques and drugs also for that purpose.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

There are three kinds of morbid elements (doṣa) of the body, viz. vāta, pitta and śleṣman , and two morbid elements which affect the mind (sattva), viz. rajas and tamas. By the disorder of the first three the body becomes diseased, and by that of the second two the mind becomes affected.

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

Doṣā (दोषा, ‘evening’), is frequently referred to from the Rigveda1 onwards, usually as contrasted with uṣas, ‘dawn’. In the Chāndogya-upaniṣad the word is contrasted with prātar, ‘early’. See also Ahan.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Aversion; hatred; anger. One of three unwholesome roots (mula) in the mind.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

M Repulsion, hatred, anger.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

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Dosa has destructive nature. It is very ugly. It hurts anyone anything. Dosa destroys its home and its environment. In the presence of dosa everything wicked and unhumanly things can be committed. Dosa cetasika is the head of all dosa related cetasikas and dosa cittas. When there is issa, there also arises dosa and this is also true in case of macchariya or in case of kukkucca.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

'hatred', anger, is one of the 3 unwholesome, roots (mūla). - d. citta: hate consciousness; s. Tab. I (30, 31).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Dosa, aversion, is another akusala cetasika. When the citta dislikes the object it experiences there is dosa, aversion.

Dosa is aggressive, just like a snake which has been hit. The function of dosa is spreading of itself or writhing as
when poison takes effect. Dosa is harmful for mind and body. Because of dosa our appearance becomes ugly: we may become red in the face, our features become unpleasant and the comers of our mouth droop.

Dosa can also appear as fear. When there is fear one dislikes the object which is experienced. Fear is harmful for mind and body.

Dosa arises with two types of citta, of which one is "unprompted" (asankharika) and one "prompted" (sasankharika).

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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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).

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India history and geogprahy

Doṣa.—(LP), doing anything wrongly. (IE 7-1-2), ‘three’. (EI 9), black or red spots on the tongue supposed to be a foreboding of death. Cf. daṇḍa-doṣa; fines; see also pradhāna-apradhāna-doṣa- samanvita used as an epithet of the gift village (Ep. Ind., Vol. III, p. 274). Here doṣa apparently means daṇda-doṣa. Note: doṣa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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dosa : (m.) anger; corrupting; defect; fault.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Dosā, (f.) (Sk. doṣā & doṣas, cp. Gr. du/w, du/omai to set (of the sun)) evening, dusk. Only in Acc. as adv. dosaṃ (=doṣāṃ) at night J.VI, 386. (Page 332)

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1) Dosa, 2 (Sk. dveṣa, but very often not distinct in meaning from dosa1. On dveṣa see under disa) anger, ill-will, evil intention, wickedness, corruption, malice, hatred. In most freq. combn of either rāga (lust) d. & moha (delusion), or lobha (greed) d. moha (see rāga & lobha), to denote the 3 main blemishes of character. For defn see Vism.295 & 470. Interpreted at Nd2 313 as “cittassa āghāto paṭighāto paṭigho ... kopo ... kodho ... vyāpatti.” — The distinction between dosa & paṭigha is made at DA.I, 116 as: dosa=dubbalakodha; paṭigha=balavakodha.—In combn lobha d. moha e.g. S.I, 98; M.I, 47, 489; A.I, 134, 201; II, 191; III, 338; It.45 (tīṇi akusalamūlāni). With rāga & moha: Dh.20; It.2=6; with rāga & avijjā; It.57; rāga & māna Sn.270, 631 etc.—See for ref.: Vin.I, 183; D.III, 146, 159, 182, 214, 270; S.I, 13, 15, 70; V, 34 sq.; M.I, 15, 96 sq., 250 sq., 305; A.I, 187; II, 172, 203; III, 181; Sn.506; It.2 (dosena duṭṭhāse sattā gacchanti duggatiṃ); Ps.I, 80 sq., 102; Pug.16, 18; Dhs.418, 982, 1060; Vbh.86, 167, 208, 362; Nett 13, 90; Sdhp.33, 43.—Variously characterised as: 8 purisa-dosā Vbh.387; khila, nīgha, mala S.V, 57; agati (4 agati-gamanāni: chanda, d. moha, bhaya) D.III, 228, cp. 133, 182; ajjhattaṃ A.III, 357 sq.; its relation to kamma A.I, 134; III, 338; V, 262; to ariyamagga S.V, 5, 8.—sadosa corrupted, depraved, wicked D.I, 80; A.I, 112; adosa absence of illwill, adj. kind, friendly, sympathetic A.I, 135, 195, 203; II, 192; Vbh.169, 210; Dhs.33 (cp. Dhs. trsl. 21, 99); VvA.14 (+alobha amoha).

—aggi the fire of anger or ill-will D.III, 217; S.IV, 19 sq.; It.92 (+rāgaggi moh°); J.I, 61; —antara (adj.) bearing anger, intending evil in one’s heart Vin.II, 249; D.III, 237; M.I, 123; A.I, 59; III, 196 sq.; V, 81 (opp. metta-citta); perhaps at PvA.78 (for des°); —kkhaya the fading away, dying out of anger or malice S.III, 160, 191; IV, 250; V, 8; Vbh.73, 89; —gata=dosa (+paṭigha) S.IV, 71; —garu full of anger S.I, 24; —dosa (: dosa1) spoilt by anger Dh.357; —saññita connected with ill-will It.78; —sama like anger Dh.202; —hetuka caused by evil intention or depravity A.V, 261 (pāṇātipāta). (Page 332)

2) Dosa, 1 (Sk. doṣa to an Idg. *deu(s) to want, to be inferior etc. (cp. dussati), as in Gr. dέomai, deu/omai) corruption, blemish, fault, bad condition, defect; depravity, corrupted state; usually —°, as khetta° blight of the field Miln.360; tiṇa° spoilt by weeds Dh.356; PvA.7; visa° ill effect of poison Th.1, 758, 768; sneha° blemish of sensual affection Sn.66. Four kasiṇa-dosā at Vism.123; eighteen making a Vihāra unsuitable at Vism.118 sq.—J.II, 417; III, 104; Miln.330 (sabba-d.-virahita faultless); DA.I, 37, 141.—pl. dosā the (three) morbid affections, or disorder of the (3) humours Miln.43; adj. with disturbed humours Miln.172, cp. DA.I, 133. (Page 331)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Marathi-English dictionary

dōṣa (दोष).—m (S) Fault, flaw, defect, excess, blemish, imperfection (of men, animals, things). 2 Sin, offence, transgression: also culpability or blameworthiness. 3 Disorder of the humors of the body: also defect in the functions of bile, circu- lation, or wind. 4 Fault of composition or speech. It comprehends three kinds,--padadōṣa Fault of words; vākyadōṣa Fault of the sentence; arthadōṣa Fault of the sense or meaning. See under vākyadōṣa. dōṣa dēṇēṃ -kāḍhaṇēṃ -āṇaṇēṃ -lāvaṇēṃ -ṭhēvaṇēṃ To find fault with; to blame, impeach, accuse, charge.

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dōṣā (दोषा).—f S (Poetry.) Night. Ex. dōṣā pravarttalī sakaḷa || brahmāṇḍakaraṇḍā bharalēṃ kājaḷa ||.

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dōṣā (दोषा).—ad S By night, at night.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dōṣa (दोष).—m Fault; sin. Disorder of the bumours of the body.

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dōṣā (दोषा).—f Night. ad By night, at night.

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

Doṣa (दोष).—[duṣ bhāve karaṇe vā ghañ]

1) (a) A fault, blame, censure, defect, blemish, weak point; पत्रं नैव यदा करीर- विटपे दोषो वसन्तस्य किम् (patraṃ naiva yadā karīra- viṭape doṣo vasantasya kim) Bh.2.93; Pt.1.242; नात्र कुलपति- र्दोषं ग्रहीष्यति (nātra kulapati- rdoṣaṃ grahīṣyati) Ś.3. 'will not find fault or take exception'; so पुनरुक्तदोषा (punaruktadoṣā) R.14.9. विसृज्य शूर्पवद्दोषान् गुणान् गृह्णन्ति साधवः । दोषग्राही गुणत्यागी चालनीव हि दुर्जनः (visṛjya śūrpavaddoṣān guṇān gṛhṇanti sādhavaḥ | doṣagrāhī guṇatyāgī cālanīva hi durjanaḥ) || Udb. (b) An error, a mistake.

2) A crime, sin guilt, offence; जायामदोषामुत संत्यजामि (jāyāmadoṣāmuta saṃtyajāmi) R.14.34; Ms.8.25; Y.3.79; also अधर्मदोष (adharmadoṣa); cf. Rām.3.66.16.

3) Noxious quality, badness, injurious nature or quality; as in आहारदोष (āhāradoṣa); cf. Ms.1.14.

4) Harm, evil, danger, injury; बहुदोषा हि शर्वरी (bahudoṣā hi śarvarī) Mk.1.58; अनुसरति हि शशाङ्कं राहु-दोषेऽपि तारा (anusarati hi śaśāṅkaṃ rāhu-doṣe'pi tārā) Pratimā1.25. को दोषः (ko doṣaḥ) 'what harm is there'.

5) Bad or injurious consequence, detrimental effect; तत्किमयमातपदोषः स्यात् (tatkimayamātapadoṣaḥ syāt) Ś.3; अदाता वंशदोषेण कर्मदोषाद्दरिद्रता (adātā vaṃśadoṣeṇa karmadoṣāddaridratā) Chāṇ.49; Ms.1.14.

6) Morbid affection, disease.

7) Disorder of the three humours of the body, or the three humours when in a disordered state,

8) (In Nyāya. &c.) A fault of a definition : (i. e. avyāpti, ativyāpti and asaṃbhava).

9) (In Rhet.) A fault or defect of composition (such as paradoṣa, padāṃśadoṣa, vākyadoṣa, rasadoṣa, and arthadoṣa which are defined and illustrated in the 7th Ullāsa of K. P.).

1) A calf.

11) Refutation.

12) Evening, dusk; cf. दोषा (doṣā); दोषे हृषीकेश उतार्धरात्रे निशीथ एकोऽवतु पद्मनाभः (doṣe hṛṣīkeśa utārdharātre niśītha eko'vatu padmanābhaḥ) Bhāg.6.8.21.

Derivable forms: doṣaḥ (दोषः).

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Doṣa (दोष).—See under दुष् (duṣ).

See also (synonyms): doṣika, doṣin.

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Doṣā (दोषा).—ind. At night; दोषाऽपि नूनमहिमांशुरसौ किलेति (doṣā'pi nūnamahimāṃśurasau kileti) Śi.4. 46,62. -f.

1) The arm.

2) The darkness of night, night; घर्मकालदिवस इव क्षपितदोषः (gharmakāladivasa iva kṣapitadoṣaḥ) K.37 (where the word means 'a fault or sin' also).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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