Japin, Japi, Jāpī: 9 definitions


Japin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, biology. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Jāpin (जापिन्) refers to “humming songs” [?] (besides singing and dancing), according to the Guhyasūtra chapter 3.—Accordingly, “[...] One may perform the Block-of-Wood Observance in a forest full of bears, tigers and lions, conquering the urges to sleep and eat, [constantly] reciting. If one takes on the appearance of a woman and sings and dances, [, +jāpin ?] adorned with bracelets, with a winnowing fan, ball and plait, one observes the Colourful Observance. With a weapon in hand, full of compassion, if one wanders like a saviour of creatures (?) focussed upon recitation, meditation and worship, one performs the Warrior Observance. [...]”.

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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.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Japi in India is the name of a plant defined with Blechnum orientale in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Blechnopsis orientalis (L.) C. Presl (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Pharmacologyonline (2008)
· Abhandlungen der Königlichen Böhmischen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften (1851)
· Species Plantarum
· Epimel. Bot. (1851)
· Botanical Magazine, or ‘Flower-Garden Displayed’ (Tokyo) (1933)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

japi : (aor. of japati) uttered; mumbled.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

Japī (जपी).—a (japa) Regular and constant in the performance of japa.

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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 dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Japin (जपिन्).—[jap + in], adj. Muttering prayers, [Yājñavalkya, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 286.

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Jāpin (जापिन्).—i. e. jap + in, adj. Reciting in a low tone, [Yājñavalkya, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 304.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Japin (जपिन्).—[adjective] muttering prayers.

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Jāpin (जापिन्).—[adjective] muttering, whispering (—°).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Japin (जपिन्):—[from jap] mfn. muttering prayers, [Yājñavalkya iii, 286.]

2) Jāpin (जापिन्):—[from jāpa] mfn. ifc. muttering, [Yājñavalkya iii; Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Japin in German

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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.

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