Gulpha: 20 definitions
Gulpha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Gulf.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
Gulpha (गुल्फ) is the name of a specific marma (vital points) of the human body, according to the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā. When affected severely, these marmas causes death. The commonly accepted number of marmas in the human body, as described in the Suśruta-saṃhita, is 107 divided into 5 categories: the muscular, vascular, ligament, bone and joints.
The Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā by Vāgbhaṭa is a classical Sanskrit treatise dealing with Āyurveda dating from the 6th-century. Together with the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhita, it is considered one of the three main Indian medical classicsSource: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms
Gulpha (गुल्फ):—[gulphaḥ] Ankle. The joint between tibia, fibula and talas bones.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: academia.edu: The Śaiva Yogas and Their Relation to Other Systems of Yoga
Gulpha (गुल्फ, “ankles”) refers to one of the sixteen types of “locus” or “support” (ādhāra) according to the Netratantra. These ādhāras are called so because they “support” or “localise” the self and are commonly identified as places where breath may be retained. They are taught in two different setups: according to the tantraprakriyā and according to the kulaprakriyā. Gulpha belongs to the latter system.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Yoga (school of philosophy)Source: Google Books: Croaking Frogs: (Yoga)
Gulpha (गुल्फ) refers to the “ankles” representing one of the sixteen vital centres of the body (i.e., ādhāra), according to the Jyotsnā 3.73 (Cf. Gorakṣaśataka 14 and Svātmārāma’s Haṭhapradīpikā 3.72).—In Haṭhayoga, ādhāra refers to a vital point of the body, a seat of vital function. Jyotsnā verse 3.73 cites a passage attributed to Gorakṣa listing the ādhāras as [e.g., gulpha (ankles), ...]. The Haṭhapradīpikā refers to sixteen ādhāras but does not name them or explain what they are. The Gorakṣaśataka also refers to sixteen ādhāras as something the Yogī should be familiar with, but does not name them.
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).
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Gulpha (गुल्फ) refers to the “ankles”, which is associated with the Kālagranthi, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(1) The Knot called Ananta, which is HAṂSA, should be placed (on the body). It is at the middle toe of the sixteen parts (of the body). (2) The Knot of Time is below the ankle [i.e., gulpha]. [...]”.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Gulpha (गुल्फ, “ankle”) refers to the “two ankles”, from which the Buddha emitted numerous rays when he smiled with his whole body after contemplating the entire universe, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Accordingly, having himself arranged the lion-seat, the Bhagavat sat down cross-legged; holding his body upright and fixing his attention, he entered into the samādhirājasamādhi. Then, having tranquilly come out of this samādhi and having contemplated the entire universe with his divine eye (divyacakṣus), the Bhagavat smiled with his whole body. Wheels with a thousand spokes imprinted on the soles of his feet (pādatala) shoot out six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays. In the same way, beams of six hundred prabhedakoṭi of rays are emitted from his two ankles (gulpha).
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.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Gulpha (गुल्फ) refers to a “foot” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruka: one of the main deities of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms [holding, for example, gulpha]; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī.
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
India history and geographySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Gulpha.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘two’. Note: gulpha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
gulpha (गुल्फ).—m The ankle.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ).—The ankle; आगुल्फकीर्णापणमार्गपुष्पम् (āgulphakīrṇāpaṇamārgapuṣpam) Ku.7.55; गुल्फावलम्बिना (gulphāvalambinā) K.1.
Derivable forms: gulphaḥ (गुल्फः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-lphaḥ) The ankle. E. gal to go, affix phak, and u sustituted for the penultimate.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ).—m. The ancle, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 23, 12.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ).—[masculine] the ankle.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ):—m. (= kulpha; √gal, [Uṇādi-sūtra v]) the ancle, [Atharva-veda x, 2, 1 f.; Kauśika-sūtra; Yājñavalkya iii, 86; Mahābhārata] etc. (ifc. f(ā). [Pāṇini 4-1, 54; Kāśikā-vṛtti] [Mahābhārata iv, 253]).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ):—(lphaḥ) 1. m. The ancle.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
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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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Gulpha (गुल्फ) [Also spelled gulf]:—(nm) an ankle.
See also (Relevant definitions)
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A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - Bones in the Atharva-veda and Āyurveda < [Chapter XIII - Speculations in the Medical Schools]
Sushruta Samhita, volume 3: Sharirasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Sushruta Samhita, volume 4: Cikitsasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 1.4: The Buddha emits light rays from various body parts < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
Part 2 - The origins of Rājagṛha < [Chapter V - Rājagṛha]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
Charaka Samhita (English translation) (by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society)
Chapter 28 - The therapeutics of Vata Diseases (vatavyadhi-cikitsa) < [Cikitsasthana (Cikitsa Sthana) — Section on Therapeutics]