Head: 3 definitions
Head 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.
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Yoga (school of philosophy)
Head (meditation) (i.e., ‘meditating on the back of the head’) forms part of the various Teachings or Techniques (saṅketa) on Layayoga, according to the Dattātreyayogaśāstra verse 21-26.—Note: The Dattātreyayogaśāstra’s techniques (saṅketa) of Layayoga can be summarised as meditation on the void, gazing on the tip of the nose, meditating on the back of the head, gazing between the eyebrows, meditating on the forehead and brow, meditating on the two big toes and lying on the ground like a corpse.
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).
Gitashastra (science of music)
The Head (in Sanskrit: Śiras) refers to one of various Organs of Utterance (sthāna), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—During the practise of Vocal Music, the proper production of the concerned sound is always considered as very important. Sthāna or ucchāraṇasthāna is the place of articulation of sound. Bhattojidīkṣita in his Siddhāntakaumudī said about ten kinds of sthāna (i.e., the organs of utterance), e.g., śiras (head).
Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
The Head refers to one of the major Body Parts with which are associated various gestures and expressions (in Sanskrit Dramas), as conveyed through Āṅgikābhinaya: one of the four divisions of Abhinaya or “ways to convey or represent one’s emotion to others”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra and the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—The āṅgikābhinaya includes the histrionic representation of the limbs which is simply known as physical gestures. The aṅgas i.e., major classification of the body parts are six in numbers viz., head, hands, chest, sides, waist and feet.
In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, seven types of movements of the Head are recorded. These are termed as:
- udvāhita and
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).
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Search found 447 books and stories containing Head; (plurals include: Heads). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The gods of northern Buddhism (by Alice Getty)
Chapter XIII - Forms Of Kuvera
Chapter VI - The Principal Forms Of Avalokitesvara
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 3.238 < [Section XIV - Method of Feeding]
Verse 8.114 < [Section XVIII - Oaths and Ordeals]
Verse 8.218 < [Section XXXVI - Non-Payment of Wages]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Vetāla 6: The Lady who caused her Brother and Husband to change Heads < [Appendix 6.1 - The Twenty-five Tales of a Vetāla]
Chapter LXXX < [Book XII - Śaśāṅkavatī]
Chapter CXVI < [Book XVII - Padmāvatī]
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 2.10.148 < [Chapter 10 - Conclusion of the Lord’s Mahā-prakāśa Pastimes]
Verse 2.19.106 < [Chapter 19 - The Lord’s Pastimes in Advaita’s House]
Verse 2.10.6 < [Chapter 10 - Conclusion of the Lord’s Mahā-prakāśa Pastimes]
Vinaya Pitaka (1): Bhikkhu-vibhanga (the analysis of Monks’ rules) (by I. B. Horner)
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