Kamalasana, Kamalāsana, Kamala-asana: 14 definitions


Kamalasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kamalāsana (कमलासन) refers to the “lotus-seated” (referring to Brahmā), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.16. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On hearing these words of mine—of Brahmā—in the presence of Viṣṇu, Śiva, the lord of worlds spoke to me with his face beaming with a smile: [...] You, Viṣṇu and I are the parts exceedingly of Brahman. So we are exceedingly fortunate. It is but proper to think about Him. It is this worry that kept me unmarried, O lotus-seated [viz., kamalāsana] (Brahmā). Hence, get me a wife who will follow my activities ever”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kamalāsana (कमलासन).—A name of Brahmā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 1. 13; 60. 4.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Kamalāsana (कमलासन) or Padmāsana refers to a type of Āsana (sitting poses), according to Ganapati Sthapati in his text Ciṟpa Cennūl, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—An image sitting cross-legged, with the feet facing upwards and resting on the thighs, and the body held erect, is said to be in padmāsana or kamalāsana. This posture is also known as paryaṅkāsana or vajrāsana in the Buddhist tradition. When one leg is folded, with the other foot resting on its thigh, it is called ardhapadmāsana.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Kamalāsana (कमलासन) is another name for Brahmā, according to the twelfth-century Vivekamārtaṇḍa 158.—Accordingly, “Having become absorbed in the earth element, which is bright like orpiment and gold, yellow, endowed with the syllable la, presided over by Brahmā (i.e., Kamalāsana), square [in shape] and located in the heart, [the Yogin] should hold his breath and mind in it for two hours. This dhāraṇā on the earth [element] makes [the Yogin] constantly steady and a master of the earth [element]”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Kamalasana in India is the name of a plant defined with Butea monosperma in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Rudolphia frondosa Poir. (among others).

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

· Species Plantarum. (1802)
· Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien (1894)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Encycl. (Lamarck) (1804)
· Prodr. (DC.) (1825)
· Familles des Plantes (1763)

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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

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kamalāsana : (m.) the Brahmā; the creator.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kamalāsana (कमलासन).—'lotus-seated' Name of Brahmā; क्रान्तानि पूर्वं कमलासनेन (krāntāni pūrvaṃ kamalāsanena) Kumārasambhava 7.7.

Derivable forms: kamalāsanaḥ (कमलासनः).

Kamalāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kamala and āsana (आसन).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kamalāsana (कमलासन).—m.

(-naḥ) An epithet of Brahma. E. kamala a lotus, and āsana seat or abode.

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

Kamalāsana (कमलासन).—and

Kamalāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kamala and āsana (आसन).

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

1) Kamalāsana (कमलासन):—[from kamala > kam] n. a lotus-flower serving as a seat, [Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] a particular manner of sitting

3) [v.s. ...] m. ‘having a lotus as seat’, Name of Brahmā, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Kumāra-sambhava etc.]

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

Kamalāsana (कमलासन):—[kamalā+sana] (naḥ) 1. m. Brahmā.

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Kamalasana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kamalasana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kamalāsana (ಕಮಲಾಸನ):—

1) [noun] Brahma, whose seat is a lotus flower.

2) [noun] a particular mode of sitting flat on the ground with both the legs bent at knee and interlocked with each other and the back being erect.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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