Hatha, Haṭha: 9 definitions
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General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Terebess Ázsia Lexikon: Haṭha Yoga
The word Haṭha (हठ, lit. force) denotes a system of physical techniques supplementary to yoga more broadly conceived; Haṭha Yoga is yoga that uses the techniques of Haṭha. Why these techniques were called Haṭha is not stated in the texts that teach them, but it seems likely that, originally at least, they were called thus because, like → tapas (asceticism), with which they were associated, they were difficult and forced their results to happen.
In its earliest formulations, Haṭha was used to raise and conserve the physical essence of life, identified in men as bindu (semen), which is otherwise constantly dripping downward from a store in the head and being expended. (The female equivalent, mentioned only occasionally in our sources, is rajas, menstrual fluid.)
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
haṭha : (m.) violence.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Haṭha, (only as lexicogr. word; Dhtp 101=balakkāra) violence. (Page 727)
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
haṭha (हठ).—m (S) Obstinacy, stubbornness, pertinacity. See under haṭa.
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-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Violence, force.
2) Oppression, rapine.
4) Absolute necessity.
5) Going in the rear of an enemy.
6) Pistia Stratiotes (ākāśamūlī).
7) An unexpected gain; अकस्मादिह यः कश्चिदर्थं प्राप्नोति पूरुषः । तं हठेनेति मन्यन्ते स हि यत्नो न कस्यचित् (akasmādiha yaḥ kaścidarthaṃ prāpnoti pūruṣaḥ | taṃ haṭheneti manyante sa hi yatno na kasyacit) || Mb.3.32.16 (com. acintitasyātarkitasya ca lābho haṭhaḥ). (haṭhena and haṭhāt are used adverbially in the sense of 'forcibly', 'violently', 'suddenly', 'against one's will'; ambālikā ca caṇḍavarmaṇā haṭhāt pariṇetumātmabhavanamanīyat Dk.; vānarān vārayāmāsa haṭhena madhureṇa ca Rām.
Derivable forms: haṭhaḥ (हठः).
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1) A stroke, blow.
4) A man who is sad or depressed.
Derivable forms: hathaḥ (हथः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ṭhaḥ) 1. Violence. 2. Oppression. 3. Rapine. mf. (-ṭhaḥ-ṭhī) An aquatic plant, (Pistia stratiotes.) E. haṭh to treat with violence, aff. ac . The instrumental and ablative singulars, “haṭhena” and “haṭhāt” are used as indeclinables in the sense of “forcibly,” “violently,” “suddenly.”
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+108): Hathayogapradipika, Hathayoga, Amahatha, Hatha-pani, Hatha-pamni, Uddiyanabandha, Ashtanga Yoga, Jalandharabandha, Iyengar Yoga, Gorakhbani, Bikram Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Yoga Sutra, Kripalu Yoga, Hathalu, Integral Yoga, Hastodaka, Carpatin, Hathaparni, Hataparni.
Search found 18 books and stories containing Hatha, Haṭha; (plurals include: Hathas, Haṭhas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Parables of Rama (by Swami Rama Tirtha)
Story 139 - Hatha Yoga Samadhi < [Chapter XXI - Spiritual Powers]
Story 136 - Suspending Life-Functions < [Chapter XXI - Spiritual Powers]
Story 81 - Concentration and Character < [Chapter XI - Mind]
Yoga Sutras with Vedanta Commentaries (by Patañjali)
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter XCII - Means of obtaining the divine presence < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
Chapter XVI - Criticism on yoga practice < [The yoga philosophy]
Chapter XIII - The two yogas of knowledge and reasoning < [Book VI - Nirvana prakarana part 1 (nirvana prakarana)]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 11 - Methods of Right Conduct < [Chapter XII - The Philosophy of the Yogavāsiṣṭha]
Part 9 - Prāṇa and its Control < [Chapter XII - The Philosophy of the Yogavāsiṣṭha]