Gurutva; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vaisheshika (school of philosophy)

Gurutva (गुरुत्व, “heaviness”) is one of the additional guṇas (‘qualities’) added by Praśastapāda, on top of the seventeen guṇas in the Vaiśeṣika-sūtras. These guṇas are considered as a category of padārtha (“metaphysical correlate”). These padārthas represent everything that exists which can be cognized and named. Together with their subdivisions, they attempt to explain the nature of the universe and the existence of living beings.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vaiśeṣika
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Vaisheshika (वैशेषिक, vaiśeṣika) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. Vaisheshika deals with subjects such as logic, epistemology, philosophy and expounds concepts similar to Buddhism in nature

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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

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Gurutva (गुरुत्व, “heaviness”) or Gurutvaguṇa refers to one of the twenty-four guṇas (qualities) according to Praśastapāda and all the modern works on Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika.—According to Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika, gurutva (heaviness) is the twelfth quality (guṇa). It is a general quality. Praśastapāda states in his bhāṣya that gurutva is the quality of water and earth and it is the cause of the act of falling. It is invisible but it is inferable through the action of falling. This quality is opposite of saṃyoga, prayatna and saṃskāra. Gurutva is eternal in the atoms of water and earth and non-eternal in the composite substances. Śivāditya gives the definition of it in his work that it is known as gurutva which has the generality of gurutvatva. It is the non-inherent cause of the first act of falling. It resides in only one substance.

According to Annaṃbhaṭṭa, gurutva is the non-inherent cause of the first act of a falling. It abides in earth and water. The word ādya is added in this definition to avoid over-pervasion to vega (velocity) because vega is the asamavāyikāraṇa of the subsequent falling.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Gurutva (गुरुत्व, “heavy”) refers to one of the “eleven tangibles” (spraṣṭavya) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 38). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., gurutva). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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gurutva (गुरुत्व).—n (S) Weight &c. See and form from the adj guru. Adopted in science to render Gravity.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gurutva (गुरुत्व).—n Weight. Gravity.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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-English dictionary

Gurutva (गुरुत्व).—

1) Weight, heaviness.

2) Burden, trouble.

3) Dignity, greatness; U.6.19; लोके गुरुत्वं विपरीततां वा स्वचेष्टितान्येव नरं नयन्ति (loke gurutvaṃ viparītatāṃ vā svaceṣṭitānyeva naraṃ nayanti) H.2.46; Śi.16.27.

4) Respectability, venerableness.

5) The office of a teacher; Ks.19.

6) Importance.

7) Universal gravitation.

Derivable forms: gurutvam (गुरुत्वम्).

See also (synonyms): gurutā.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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