Iccha, aka: Icchā; 6 Definition(s)


Iccha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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 Ichchha.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Iccha in Shaktism glossaries]

Icchā (इच्छा, “will”):—One of the names attributed to Devī, as chanted by the Vedas in their hymns, who were at the time incarnated in their personified forms. See the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa chapter 5.51-68, called “the narrative of Hayagrīva”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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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.

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Vaisheshika (school of philosophy)

[Iccha in Vaisheshika glossaries]

Icchā (इच्छा, “desire”) is one of the seventeen guṇas (‘qualities’), according to 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Iccha in Pali glossaries]

iccha : (adj.) (in cpds.), wishing; longing; desirous of. || icchā (f.), desire; wish; longing.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Iccha, (-°) (adj.) (the adj. form of icchā) wishing, longing, having desires, only in pāp° having evil desires S.I, 50; II, 156; an° without desires S.I, 61, 204; Sn.707; app° id. Sn.628, 707. (Page 117)

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Icchā, (f.) (fr. icchati, iṣ2) wish, longing, desire D.II, 243; III, 75; S.I, 40 (°dhūpāyito loko), 44 (naraṃ parikassati); A.II, 143; IV, 293 sq.; 325 sq.; V, 40, 42 sq.; Sn.773, 872; Dh.74, 264 (°lobha-samāpanna); Nd1 29, 30; Pug.19; Dhs.1059, 1136; Vbh.101, 357, 361, 370; Nett 18, 23, 24; Asl. 363; DhsA.250 (read icchā for issā? See Dhs.trsl. 100); SnA 108; PvA.65, 155; Sdhp.242, 320.

—âvacara moving in desires M.I, 27 (pāpaka); Nett 27. —âvatiṇṇa affected with desire, overcome by covetousness Sn.306. —pakata same Vin.I, 97; A.III, 119, 191, 219 sq.; Pug.69; Miln.357; Vism.24 (where Bdhgh however takes it as “icchāya apakata” and puts apakata = upadduta). —vinaya discipline of one’s wishes D.III, 252, A.IV, 15; V, 165 sq. (Page 118)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Iccha in Marathi glossaries]

icchā (इच्छा).—f (S) A wish or desire. 2 That term of the Rule of three which involves the question. The three terms are ādyaṅka, madyāmmaka, antyāṅka; icchāphala is the answer. icchējōgatā According to desire or wish; agreeable, suitable &c.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

icchā (इच्छा).—f A desire, wish. icchāvān a Hav- ing desire.

(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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