Kalavancana, Kālavañcana, Kala-vancana: 5 definitions



Kalavancana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Kalavanchana.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kalavancana in Yoga glossary
Source: Google Books: The Khecarividya of Adinatha

Kālavañcana (कालवञ्चन), “deceiving Death”, is a common motif of tantric and haṭhayogic texts. Indeed, mastery over Death is the sine qua non of the perfected haṭhayogin: yoga is said to be kālasya vañcanam at Gorakṣaśataka 5-6; the mahāsiddhas listed at Haṭhapradīpikā 1.5-9 are said to have broken the rod of death (khaṇḍayitvā kāladaṇḍam). At Gorakhbāṇī-sākhī 219ab the tongue is associated with kālavañcana: jibhyā indrī ekai nāl jo rākhai so baṃcai kāl, “the tongue and the penis [are joined by] one channel; who knows this deceives Death”.

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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).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kalavancana in Shaivism glossary
Source: academia.edu: Chapter Nineteen of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Kālavañcana (कालवञ्चन) refers to “cheating death” and is another name for Mṛtyuvañcana as mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra 19.42.—When a practitioner realizes that his death is approaching through signs of death, he should perform either of two kinds of sādhana. The first one is for avoiding death, and the second one is for preparing for death. Mṛtyuvañcana, Kālavañcana and Mṛtyuṃjay are all classified as part of the first kind. In the Kakṣapuṭatantra, it is said that yoga, abhyāsa (recitation), mantra and rasāyana are effective for cheating death.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Kalavancana in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Ancient Science of Life: Snake bite treatment in Prayoga samuccayam

Kālavañcana (कालवञ्चन) refers to “extreme measures”, including highly potent medicines used in the treatment of poison (viṣa), according to the 20th century Prayogasamuccaya (one of the most popular and widely practised book in toxicology in Malayalam).—The fifth chapter explains common measures that can be adopted in all snake bite cases when exact identification of snake cannot be done. Single drug preparations that relieve fainting and all types of poisons are mentioned. Highly potent medicines are mentioned under the tile of kālavañcana-prayogas (extreme measures). Medications to regain the pulse of a bite victim, drugs which make the poison to get vomited out have also been detailed here. [...]

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kalavancana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kālavañcana (कालवंचन).—n (S) kālavañcanā f (S) Beguiling the time. 2 Eluding Death.

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kāḷavañcanā (काळवंचना).—f A passing of time. 2 A deceiving of Death:--as the Yogis by abstraction in particular attitudes pretend to do.

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

kālavañcanā (कालवंचना).—f Beguiling the time. Eluding death.

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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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