Dvikala, Dvikalā, Dvi-kala: 2 definitions

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Dvikala 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dvikala (द्विकल).—The duration of the New Moon day when Pitṛs drink Sudhāmṛta.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 38; 56. 27.
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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: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Dvikalā (द्विकला) [=kalādvaya?] refers to the “time of two Kalās” (corresponding to seven-hundred and twenty Śvāsas—breaths), according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] By means of an absorption for two Kalās (kalādvaya), with the moving about of Kuṇḍalinī, there arises in a flash a single trembling of [the Yogin's] mind. By means of an absorption of four Kalās, his sleep ceases. In his heart, the Yogin observes a point of fiery light like a spark. [...]”.

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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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