Durasada, Durāsada, Dur-asada: 18 definitions


Durasada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Durasada in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Durāsada (दुरासद).—A son of Bhasmāsura. He learned Pañcākṣarī vidyā from Śiva and used to repeat it. Pleased at this Śiva gave him all the boons he wanted with the result that he lost his head and began troubling everybody. When thus unrest and injustices increased in the world Ḍhuṃḍhi, the son of Śakti killed him. (Gaṇeśa Purāṇa, Chapter 38, 42).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Durāsada (दुरासद) refers to “invincible” and is used to describe Tāraka, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.32 (“The seven celestial sages arrive”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to the Seven Sages: “Sages are always to be adored and particularly you all. O Brahmins, it was for a specific reason that you have been summoned here. My attitude of being helpful is known to you. That must be achieved, especially in the interest of the fulfilment of the desires of the world. Cause for great misery has arisen for the gods at the hands of Tāraka the wicked. Boon has already been granted. He is invincible (durāsada). What shall I do? [...]”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Durāsada (दुरासद) means “dangerous to approach” and represents one of the sixty defects of mantras, according to the 11th century Kulārṇava-tantra: an important scripture of the Kaula school of Śāktism traditionally stated to have consisted of 125.000 Sanskrit verses.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Śrī Devī: “For those who do japa without knowing these defects [e.g., durāsada—dangerous to approach], there is no realization even with millions and billions of japa. [...] Oh My Beloved! there are ten processes for eradicating defects in Mantras as described. [...]”.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Durāsada (दुरासद) refers to one of the eight Servants (ceṭa-aṣṭaka) associated with Candrapīṭha (or Candrapīṭhapura), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Servants (ceṭāṣṭaka): Capala, Lelihāna, Mahākāya, Hanumata, Mahābala, Mahotsāha, Devadatta, Durāsada.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Durasada in Kavya glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Durāsada (दुरासद) refers to “(being) unassailable”, according to Kālidāsa’s Raghuvaṃśa verse 8.3-4.—Accordingly: “Having experienced his great consecration with water gathered by Vasiṣṭha, the earth seemed to express her contentment with clear sighs. When the ritual had been performed for him by the guru who knew the Atharvaveda, he became unassailable (durāsada) by his enemies, for when Brahman is united with the power of weapons it is a union of wind and fire”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Durāsada (दुरासद) refers to “that which is difficult to attain”, according to Pūjyapāda’s Sarvārthasiddhi.—Accordingly, “[...] And even among the five-sensed beings, many belong to the animal world such as the cow, the deer, the bird, the serpent, etc. Hence human birth is as difficult of attainment (durāsada) as a heap of jewels at the crossing of the roads. And if one loses the condition of a human being by negligence, it is as difficult to attain it once again, as it is difficult for a burnt tree to regain its old freshness. Even if human birth is attained, a good country, a good family, keen senses, health, etc. are more and more difficult of attainment. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Durasada in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

durāsada : (adj.) difficult to be approached.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

durāsada (दुरासद).—a S Difficult to be acquired, attained, or mastered.

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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

Durāsada (दुरासद).—a.

1) difficult to be approached or overtaken; स सभूव दुरासदः परैः (sa sabhūva durāsadaḥ paraiḥ) R.3.66; 8.4; Mv.2.5; 4.15.

2) difficult to be found or met with.

3) unequalled, unparalleled.

4) hard to be borne, insupportable.

5) difficult to be conquered, unassailable, unconquerable; जहि शत्रुं महाबाहो कामरूपं दुरासदम् (jahi śatruṃ mahābāho kāmarūpaṃ durāsadam) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 3.43.

-daḥ an epithet of Śiva.

Durāsada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dur and āsada (आसद).

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

Durāsada (दुरासद).—mfn.

(-daḥ-dā-daṃ) 1. Difficult of attainment. 2. Difficult of access. 3. Unequalled, unrivalled. 4. Intolerable. E. dur with difficulty, āṅ implying to or up to, sad to go, affix karmaṇi khal .

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

Durāsada (दुरासद).—i. e. dus-ā-sad + a, 1. adj., f. . 1. Difficult to be approached, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 69, 16. 2. Difficult to be met with, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 18, 2. Ii. m. A sword, Mahābhārata 12, 6203.

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

Durāsada (दुरासद).—[adjective] difficult to be approached or met, unaccessible, impracticable, unheard of.

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

1) Durāsada (दुरासद):—[=dur-āsada] [from dur] mfn. d° or dangerous to be approached, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature; Purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] d° to be found or met with, unheard of, unparalleled, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] difficult to be accomplished ([varia lectio] saha)

4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, mystical Name of a sword, [Mahābhārata xii, 6203.]

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

Durāsada (दुरासद):—[durā+sada] (daḥ-dā-daṃ) a. Difficult of attainment, intolerable.

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

Durāsada (दुरासद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Durāsaya.

[Sanskrit to German]

Durasada 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Durāsada (ದುರಾಸದ):—[adjective] difficult or impossible to conquer or subdue.

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Durāsada (ದುರಾಸದ):—[noun] he who cannot easily be conquered.

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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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