Dvyanuka, Dvyaṇuka, Dvi-anuka: 5 definitions



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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories

Dvyaṇuka (द्व्यणुक) refers to the “conjunction of two atoms (paramāṇu)” according to the Dīpikā on Tarkasaṃgraha.—Annaṃbhaṭṭa states in his Dīpikā about creation and dissolution that due to the creative will of the omnipotent God, motion is first produced in the atoms (paramāṇu). Then, from the conjunction of two atoms is dyad (dvyaṇuka) is produced. Then, as a consequence of conjunction of three dyads, a triad (tryaṇuka) is formed. Similarly, with four triads, a quadrate (caturaṇuka) is produced, and so on and on until the great masses of gross earth, water, light and atmosphere are formed.

When the dissolution of the products of substances thus created is desired by the omnipotent God, motion is produced dividing the monads. Owing to this, the contact between two atoms is destroyed whereupon the destruction of the dyad (dvyaṇuka) takes place. The dyad being destroyed there follows the disintegration of triads, quadrates and so on until the entire created masses of earth etc. are destroyed. The traditional view is that due to the dissolution of the non-intimate cause between the two atoms, a dyad is destroyed. Then, due to the destruction of the intimate cause, subsequent products like the triads etc. are disintegrated. But the modern Naiyāyikas hold the view that everywhere the disintegration of the products of substances takes place as a result of the dissolution of the union between two atoms owing to the destruction of the non-intimate cause.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dvyaṇuka (द्व्यणुक).—an aggregate or molecule of two atoms, a diad. विषयो द्व्यणुकादिस्तु ब्रह्माण्डान्त उदाहृतः (viṣayo dvyaṇukādistu brahmāṇḍānta udāhṛtaḥ) Bhāṣāparichchheda.

Derivable forms: dvyaṇukam (द्व्यणुकम्).

Dvyaṇuka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dvi and aṇuka (अणुक).

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

Dvyaṇuka (द्व्यणुक).—n.

(-kaṃ) The aggregation of two atoms, the first step in the formation of substances, and when they become perceptible, The melocule of two atoms. E. dvi and aṇu an atom, kan added.

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

Dvyaṇuka (द्व्यणुक).—[neuter] aggregate of two atoms.

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

Dvyaṇuka (द्व्यणुक):—[=dvy-aṇuka] [from dvy] n. a combination of 2 atoms (the first step in the formation of substances when they become perceptible), [Śaṃkarācārya]

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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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