Dridhata, Dṛḍhatā: 12 definitions


Dridhata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Dṛḍhatā can be transliterated into English as Drdhata or Dridhata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता, “firmness”) refers to one of the attributes of kapha (one of the three biological humors, or tridoṣa). Dṛḍhatā is characterised by compactness, strength and firmness in the body. Kapha represents the “water element” of the human body and is situated in the śiras (head).

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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)

[«previous next»] — Dridhata in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता) refers to the “strength (of one’s resolve)” [?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.25 (“The seven celestial sages test Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to the seven Sages: “[...] O brahmins, she is desirous of attaining me as her husband. She is being served by her maids. She has discarded all other desires. She is determined in her resolve. O excellent sages, you go there at my bidding. With love in mind, conduct the test of her resolve [i.e., dṛḍhatā]. O virtuous ones of good rites, at my bidding, you need not hesitate to employ even deceitful and critical remarks”.

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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)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (yoga)

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता) refers to “firmness” and represents one of the achievements of Haṭhayoga, according to the 17th-century Haṭhayogasaṃhitā: a compilation on Haṭhayoga that borrows extensively from the Haṭhapradīpikā.—[...] The stated aim of Haṭhayoga is to achieve purification (śodhana), firmness (dṛḍhatā), steadiness (sthairya), constancy (dhairya), lightness (lāghava), direct perception (pratyakṣa) and liberation (nirlipta) of the body (ghaṭa). Its Haṭhayoga has seven auxiliaries: the ṣaṭkarma, āsana, mudrā, pratyāhāra, prāṇasaṃyāma, dhyāna and samādhi.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता) refers to the “strength (of high aspiration)”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 22, v2).—Accordingly, “The Bodhisattva is born into the clan coming from the Bodhisattvas of the past.—When the Bodhisattva is still in the Tuṣita heaven, he examines the world, asking himself which clan is the most noble in order to welcome a being; this is the clan in which he takes birth. Thus, among the last seven Buddhas, the first three were born into the Kauṇḍinya clan, the following three into the Kāśyapa clan and the Buddha Śākyamuni into the Gautama clan. Furthermore, the Bodhisattva who begins with the strength of high aspiration [i.e., adhyāśaya-dṛḍhatā] is born into the clan of the Buddhas (buddhagotra). For the others, acquiring the conviction that dharmas do not arise would be the “clan of the Buddha” for it is then that the Bodhisattva acquires a partial influx of the knowledge of all the aspects. Compare this stage with the gotrabhūmi in the Śrāvaka system”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता).—f.

(-tā) 1. Firmness, hardness. 2. Steadiness. 3. Solidity. 4. Strength. E. tal added to dṛḍha; also with tvaṃ dṛḍhatvam .

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

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता).—[dṛḍha + tā], f. and dṛḍhatva dṛḍha + tva, n. Firmness, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 13, 17; [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 120.

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

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता).—[feminine] tva [neuter] firmness, steadiness, perseverance in ([locative]).

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

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता):—[=dṛḍha-tā] [from dṛḍha > dṛh] f.

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

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता):—[dṛḍha-tā] (tā) 1. f. Firmness.

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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

[«previous next»] — Dridhata in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dṛḍhatā (दृढता):—(nf) firmness, resoluteness; toughness; strength; rigidity; tenacity.

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