Kaya, Kāya: 39 definitions


Kaya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi, biology, Tamil. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kāya (काय) refers to the anabolic character of the human body as well as to the abode of jīva (soul). The term is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The term Kāya literally signifies the vital heat or fire which runs through the entire system, and hence the Kāya-chikitsā deals with diseases which may gradually invade the root-principles of a living human organism.

Ayurveda book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Ayurveda from relevant books on Exotic India

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

Kāya’—‘Ka’ stands for Prajāpati: hence ‘kāya’ is that which is dedicated to Prajāpati. (Manubhāṣya, II.62)

Dharmashastra book cover
context information

Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Dharmashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kāya (काय) refers to the “body”, according to the Mahānayaprakāśa verse 2.1-35, while explaining the cycles of the goddesses of consciousness.—Accordingly, “[...] (This group of five) consists of the Void (śūnya), vital breath (prāṇa), intellect (dhī), and the senses of knowledge and action. (These together are) the body (kāya), which as an insentient, external object of the senses consists of the (five gross elements) starting with Space and ending with Earth. It is attended by perfected yogis whose foundation (ādhāra) is the experience of the infinite (anantānubhava)”.

Shaktism book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Shaktism from relevant books on Exotic India

Ganitashastra (Mathematics and Algebra)

Source: archive.org: Hindu Mathematics

Kāya (काय) represents the number 6 (six) in the “word-numeral system” (bhūtasaṃkhyā), which was used in Sanskrit texts dealing with astronomy, mathematics, metrics, as well as in the dates of inscriptions and manuscripts in ancient Indian literature.—A system of expressing numbers by means of words arranged as in the place-value notation was developed and perfected in India in the early centuries of the Christian era. In this system the numerals [e.g., 6—kāya] are expressed by names of things, beings or concepts, which, naturally or in accordance with the teaching of the Śāstras, connote numbers.

Ganitashastra book cover
context information

Ganitashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, gaṇitaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of mathematics, algebra, number theory, arithmetic, etc. Closely allied with astronomy, both were commonly taught and studied in universities, even since the 1st millennium BCE. Ganita-shastra also includes ritualistic math-books such as the Shulba-sutras.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Ganitashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Kāya (काय) refers to the “body”, according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] By means of an absorption for a fourth of a Kalā (i.e., ninety breaths), [Kuṇḍalinī] who flows along the path [called] Suṣumnā, goes partially through [this] path [which is] at the back of the [Yogin's] body (kāya-paścima). [...]”.

Yoga book cover
context information

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).

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Yoga from relevant books on Exotic India

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsBody. Usually refers to the physical body (rupa kaya; see rupa), but sometimes refers to the mental body (nama kaya; see nama).Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M (Body).

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

kaya means related to physical body.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

kāya. Contemplation on the b. is one of the 4 satipatthāna.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(lit: accumulation): 'group', 'body', may either refer to the physical body (rūpa-kāya) or to the mental body (nāma-kāya).

In the latter case it is either a collective name for the mental groups (feeling, perception, mental formations, consciousness; s. khandha), or merely for feeling, perception and a few of the mental formations (s. nāma), e.g. in kāya-lahutā, etc. (cf. Tab. II).

Kāya has this same meaning in the standard description of the 3rd absorption (jhāna, q.v.) "and he feels joy in his mind or his mental constitution (kāya)", and (e.g. Pug. 1-8) of the attainment of the 8 deliverances (vimokkha, q.v.); "having attained the 8 deliverances in his mind, or his person (kāya)." -

Kāya is also the 5th sense-organ, the body-organ; s. āyatana, dhātu, indriya.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

The Pali term kaya means body, but it can also stand for the "mental body" which are the cetasikas.

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Theravada from relevant books on Exotic India

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Kāya (काय, “body”).—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), the Buddha has two bodies (kāya): a body of essence and a body born from father and mother. To undergo the retribution of sins is the business of the Buddha’s body of birth . The Buddha of birth body preaches the Dharma in stages as if it were a human body. Since there are two sorts of Buddha, it is not a mistake that the Buddha experiences the retribution for wrongdoings.

According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX), “the Bodhisattva has two kinds of bodies (kāya): 1) a body born from bonds and actions (bandhanakarmaja-kāya) and 2) a body of the Dharma (dharma-kāya). The perfection of the virtue of generosity that he practices in these two bodies is called paripūrṇadāna-pāramitā”. Note: also see Appendix 1 of that chapter.

2) Kāya (काय, “body”) refers to the one of the twenty-two faculties (indriya), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. The word indriya, derived from the root id or ind, is synonymous with great power, with control. The twenty-two Dharmas in question [viz., kāya] have the characteristic of being dominant in regard to the living being (sattva) in that which concerns: his primary constitution, his distinctiveness, his duration, his moral defilement and his purification.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Kāya (काय) refers to “(one’s) body”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘(32) The wise people, having understood the fact that all dharmas are like an illusion (māyopama), are not attached to their bodies and lives (kāya-jīvita). They never hold on them, in such a way, they are certain to attain the awakening. [...]’”.

Mahayana book cover
context information

Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Mahayana from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Kāya (काय, “body”) or kāyāyatana refers to one of the “twelve sense spheres” (āyatana) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 24). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., kāya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Kāya (“body”) also represents one of the “eighteen elements” (dhātu) as well as one of the “eleven form components” (rūpaskandha).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kāya (काय) refers to a sub-division of the Mlecchas: one of the two-fold division of men born in Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, situated in the “middle world” (madhyaloka), according to chapter 2.3 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“In these 35 zones on this side of Mānuṣottara and in the Antaradvīpas, men arise by birth; on the mountains, Meru, etc., by kidnapping and power of learning, in the 2½ continents and in 2 oceans. [...]. From the division into Āryas and Mlecchas they are two-fold. [...] The Mlecchas—[e.g., the Kāyas, ...] and other non-Āryas also are people who do not know even the word ‘dharma’”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 5: The category of the non-living

Kāya (काय, “body”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 5.1.—The word kāya which literally means “body” implies here with many space-points (bahupradeśī). Medium of motion (dharma), the medium of rest (adharma), space (ākāśa) and matter (pudgala) are all with many space-points also.

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Jainism)

Kāya (काय) refers to the “body”, according to verse 12.42 of Hemacandra’s Yogaśāstra.—Accordingly, “At the time of the arising of the no-mind state, the Yogin experiences the body (kāya), which is as though it does not exist, as though [it were] separated, burned, flying up and dissolved”.

General definition book cover
context information

Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of General definition from relevant books on Exotic India

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kāya.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘six’. Note: kāya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Kāya (काय) refers to one of the various shops or “market places” (Sanskrit: Haṭṭa, Prakrit: Cauhaṭṭa) for a medieval town in ancient India, which were vividly depicted in Kathās (narrative poems), for example, by Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā.—The Kuvalayamala (779 A.D.) is full of cultural material which gains in value because of the firm date of its composition. [...] In the Kuvalayamālā, some names of shops according to articles displayed in them is given, [i.e., kāya] [...] Thus Uddyotana has in his view a complete form of a medieval market place with the number of lines full of different commodities.

India history book cover
context information

The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of India history from relevant books on Exotic India

Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kaya in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f. from the Melastomataceae (Melastome) family having the following synonyms: Memecylon molestum, Memecylon ramiflorum, Memecylon tinctorium. For the possible medicinal usage of kaya, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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

1) Kaya in Congo is the name of a plant defined with Ficus sur in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Sycomorus thonningiana Miq. (among others).

2) Kaya in India is also identified with Citrullus colocynthis It has the synonym Cucumis colocynthis L. (etc.).

3) Kaya is also identified with Memecylon edule.

4) Kaya is also identified with Memecylon malabaricum It has the synonym Memecylon randerianum S.M. Almeida & M.R. Almeida (etc.).

5) Kaya is also identified with Memecylon umbellatum It has the synonym Memecylon umbellatum Benth. (etc.).

6) Kaya is also identified with Nymphaea lotus.

7) Kaya in Ivory Coast is also identified with Blighia sapida.

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

· Journal of traditional medicines (2006)
· Monogr. Phan. (1891)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2005)
· Species Plantarum
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1990)
· Fieldiana, Botany (1949)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kaya, for example pregnancy safety, extract dosage, side effects, diet and recipes, chemical composition, health benefits, have a look at these references.

Biology book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Biology from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kaya : (m.) purchase. || kāya (m.), a heap; a collection; the body.

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

1) Kaya, (fr. kri) purchase, buying A. III, 226 (+vi°).

2) Kāya, (der. probably fr. ci, cinoti to heap up, cp. nikāya heaping up, accumulation or collection; Sk. kāya) group, heap, collection, aggregate, body.

3.a) (Applied meaning) Kāya under the physical aspect is an aggregate of a multiplicity of elements which finally can be reduced to the four “great” elements, viz. earth, water, fire, and air (D. I, 55). This “heap, ” in the valuation of the Wise (muni), shares with all other objects the qualities of such elements, and is therefore regarded as contemptible, as something which one has to get rid of, as a source of impurity. It is subject to time and change, it is built up and kept alive by cravings, and with death it is disintegrated into the elements. But the kamma which determined the appearance of this physical body has naturally been renewed and assumes a new form.

3.b) Kāya under the psychological aspect is the seat of sensation (Dhs. §§ 613‹-› 16), and represents the fundamental organ of touch which underlies all other sensation. Developed only in later thought.

4.a) (Physical meaning) Understanding of the body is attained through introspection (sati). In the group of the four sati-paṭṭhānas, the foundations of introspection, the recognition of the true character of “body” comes first (see Vbh. 193). The standing formula of this recognition is kāye kāyânupassī ... contemplating body as an accumulation, on which follows the description of this aggregate: “he sees that the body is clothed in skin, full of all kinds of dirty matter, and that in this body there are hair, nails, teeth, ” etc.

4.b) Various qualities and functions of the material body. As trunk of the body (opposed to pakkhā and sīsa) S. II, 231; also at Pv. I, 83; as depending on nourishment (āhāra-ṭṭhitika, etc.) Sv. 64; A. II, 145 (with taṇhā, māna, methuna); as needing attention: see °parihārika.

4.c) Valuation of physical body. From the contemplating of its true character (kāyânupassī) follows its estimation as a transient, decaying, and repulsive object.

4.d) Similes.—Out of the great number of epithets (adhivacanāni) and comparisons only a few can be mentioned (cp. above under def. & syn.): The body is compared to an abscess (gaṇḍa) S. IV, 83=A. IV, 386; a city (nagara) S. IV, 194; a cart (ratha) S. IV, 292; an anthill (vammīka) M. I, 144; all in reference to its consisting of the four fundamental elements.

4.e) Dissolution of the body is expressed in the standard phrase: kāyassa bhedā param maraṇā ... , i.e. after death ... upon which usually follows the mention of one of the gatis, the destinies which the new kāya has to experience.

5) (Psychological).—As the seat of feeling, kāya is the fifth in the enumeration of the senses (āyatanāni). It is ajjhattika as sense (i.e. subjective) and its object is the tangible (phoṭṭhabba). The contact between subject and object consists either in touching (phusitvā) or in sensing (viññeyya). The formulas vary, but are in essence the same all through.

6) (Ethical).—Kāya is one of the three channels by which a man’s personality is connected with his environment & by which his character is judged, viz. action, the three being kāya, vacī (vāca) and manas. These three kammantas, activities or agents, form the three subdivisions of the sīla, the rules of conduct. Kāya is the first and most conspicuous agent, or the principle of action kat) e)coxήn, character in its pregnant sense.

Kāya as one of a triad.—Its usual combination is in the formula mentioned, and as such found in the whole of the Pāli Canon. But there is also another combination, found only in the older texts.

7) Kāya as one of a dyad: vācā and kāya: S. I, 172 (°gutta) M. I, 461 (rakkhita and a°); Pv. I, 22 (°saññatā and opp.); Vism. 28 (k°-vacī-kamma); PvA. 98.

8) Kāya alone as a collective expression for the three.

9) Kāya in combination with citta: ṭhito va kāyo hoti ṭhitaṃ cittaṃ ... S. V, 74;

Note: this is an except of the full article on Kaya, Kāya.

Pali book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Pali from relevant books on Exotic India

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kayā (कया).—f (kāya S) Freshness, clearness, healthiness of appearance (of the countenance or body).

--- OR ---

kāya (काय).—pron inter (kiṃ S) What? 2 pron indef That which, whatever. Ex. tō kāya dēīla tēṃ ghēūna yē. 3 An interjection by way of surprise or question. Ex. kāya tvāṃ tyālā māralēṃsa kāya? āja pāūsa paḍēla kāya? 4 To how great a degree. Used either inter or indef. Ex. hā kāya hō mūrkha. 5 A particle disjoining and distinguishing the several heads or points constituting that of which something is stated. Ex. sajagōrā kāya jōndhaḷā kāya gahūṃ kāya jō jinasa pāhijē tō āhē. 6 Reduplicated (as kāya kāya), it expresses marvelousness (of number, extent, variety); Ex. mī kāya kāya tyācē guṇa sāṅgūṃ or the particularity and several consideration of parts and items. Ex. tyānēṃ kāya kāya tulā sāṅgitalēṃ or kāya kāya padārtha dilhē.

--- OR ---

kāya (काय).—m S The body. The popular form is kāyā.

--- OR ---

kāyā (काया).—f (kāya S) The body. 2 Freshness or healthiness of appearance (of the body or countenance). kāyā dākhaviṇēṃ-disaṇēṃ-pāhaṇēṃ To show, be seen, see the body of. Expressions betwixt patient and physician, wife and husband, or of a widow with reference to yielding up her body in another marriage &c. kāyā as constructed with jhāṅkaṇēṃ, ughaḍī ṭākaṇēṃ-paḍaṇēṃ &c. (To cover or hide, or to expose or become exposed) implies any part of the body which decency demands to be clothed. The expressions are constant amongst females. In this use kāyā answers to the English "Person." aṅga or rather āṅga (not dēha, śarīra, tanū or other synonyme for Body) undergoes the same construction and bears the same implication. kāyā pālaṭaṇēṃ- phiraṇēṃ-badalaṇēṃ g. of s. To recover freshness and healthiness of look (after sickness). kāyāvācāmanēṃ- karūna In act, speech, and thought: or with all the limbs and members of the body, and all the faculties and affections of the mind and soul--performing virtuous or sinful actions.

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

kayā (कया).—f Freshness, healthiness of ap- pearance.

--- OR ---

kāya (काय).—pron What? Whatever? m The body.

--- OR ---

kāya (काय).—f The body. Freshness of appear- ance. kāyāvācāmanēṅkarūna In act, speech, and thought. kāyā (jhāṅkaṇēṃ-ughaḍī ṭākaṇēṃ) Implies any part of the body which decency demands to be clothed. kāyā pālaṭaṇēṃ To recover freshness and healthiness of look.

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāya (काय).—[cīyate'smin asthyādikamiti kāya; ci-ghañ ādeḥ kakāraḥ P.III.3.41. Sk.]

1) The body; विभाति कायः करुणापराणां परोपकारैर्न तु चन्दनेन (vibhāti kāyaḥ karuṇāparāṇāṃ paropakārairna tu candanena) Bhartṛhari 2.71; कायेन मनसा बुद्ध्या (kāyena manasā buddhyā) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 5.11; so कायेन, वाचा, मनसा (kāyena, vācā, manasā) &c.

2) The trunk of a tree.

3) The body of a lute (the whole lute except the wires).

4) A multitude, assemblage, collection.

5) Principal, capital.

6) Home, residence, habitation.

7) A butt, a mark.

8) Natural temperament.

-yam (with or without tīrtha) The part of the hand just below the fingers, especially the little finger, or the last two fingers (this part being considered sacred to Prajāpati is called prajāpatitīrtha; cf. Manusmṛti 2.58-59).

-yaḥ One of the eight forms of marriage, generally known as प्राजापत्य (prājāpatya) q. v.; स कायः पावयेत्तज्जः (sa kāyaḥ pāvayettajjaḥ) Y.1.6; Manusmṛti 3.38.

Derivable forms: kāyaḥ (कायः), kāyam (कायम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kāya (काय).—normally m. (= Sanskrit, but sometimes nt., Lalitavistara 289.20, verse, naivāsanāt kāyam ataś caliṣyate, my body shall by no means move from this seat; Mahāvastu i.44.4 hāyiṣyati asura- kāyaṃ, n. sg.; ii.124.2—3 idam eva kāyaṃ, acc. sg., twice; Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 52.8, verse, avanāmitaṃ kāyu, n. sg.; but WT with ms. Ḱ °taḥ): (1) sometimes, as in Pali, body used instead of Sanskrit tvac as term for the organ of touch: Mahāvyutpatti 2036 kāyāyatanam; 2053 kāya-dhātuḥ; its object is spraṣṭavya, q.v.; (2) as in Pali (Sanskrit Lex.), body in the sense of group, collection, mass, crowd, totality: usually at the end of cpds., as jana-k°, mahato janakāyasyārthāya, for the welfare of a great crowd (? the vast mass or totality) of people, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 41.1; 81.2; 162.10; mahatā janakāyena parivṛtaṃ, by a large retinue… Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 103.6; taṃ ca mahāntaṃ janakāyaṃ… adhyabhāṣat Lalitavistara 124.13; mahājana-kāya = the body of the populace (contrasting with kings and great men), Mahāvastu i.37.1; 198.15; ii.2.17; and probably Lalitavistara 131.22; sarva eva Jambudvīpanivāsī janakāya Divyāvadāna 59.22; bala-kāya, body of troops, army, vārāṇasī (so read) caturaṅgena balakāyena veṣṭitā (so with v.l.) Mahāvastu ii.82.11; caturaṅgeṇa balakāyena Lalitavistara 14.22; caturaṅga-bala-kāyaṃ (mss. vara for bala) saṃnahitvā hastikāyaṃ aśvak° rathak° pattik° saṃna- hitvā Mahāvastu i.30.6; caturaṅgabalakāyo ii.111.7; (hastyaśvara- tha)padāti-balakāya-samanvitaḥ Lalitavistara 22.15; mahāntaṃ hastikāyaṃ…pattikāyam avahāya Mahāvastu ii.161.5 f.; patti- kāya-parivṛtaḥ Divyāvadāna 618.24; sattvakāye, in the (whole) mass of creatures, Mahāvastu i.158.10; 159.5; rājño Māndhātasya putrapautra-kāye napta-pranapti-kāye (so read) bahūni rājasahasrāṇi Mahāvastu i.348.9, in the body (mass) of King Māhārāṣṭrī's sons, grandsons, and remoter descendants there were many thousands of kings (misunderstood by Senart; fem. forms impossible); tailavyāmiśro gandhakāyo (a collection of perfume, i.e. of sweet-scented substances) dattaḥ (at a stūpa) Avadāna-śataka i.362.1; sa paśyati mahāprajño dharmakāyam aśeṣataḥ Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 143.3 (verse),…the whole mass of conditions of existence (compare sarva-dharmān 143.1); in the same sense, māyāsvapnasvabhāvasya dharmakāyasya kaḥ stavaḥ Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 22.12 (verse); (visaṃvādakaṃ sarvam eva) dharma- kāyaṃ Mahāvastu ii.147.18, disappointing (is) the whole mass of conditions of existence; probably also, dharmakāyajñāna- śarīratvān…Lalitavistara 428.21—22, because his body contains (or consists of) knowledge of the whole mass of states of existence (he is called a Great Tree); otherwise Foucaux; probably also, na rājan kṛpaṇo loke dharmakāyena saṃspṛśet Divyāvadāna 560.2 (verse),…with the mass of material conditions (surely not ‘spiritual body’ with Index); according to LaV-P. Abhidharmakośa vii.81, n. 1, ‘souvent dharmakāya = le corps des écritures = le deuxième ratna’; I have not found this usage; he refers to Bodhicaryāv. i.1, where I see no such meaning in the word; to Divyāvadāna 396 (? line 28, śarīraṃ…dharmamayaṃ); and to Przyluski, Açoka, 359, where it does not have that meaning but contrasts with rūpakāya, q.v.; sparśa-kāya, see this; nāma-kāyaḥ, collection of ‘names’ = words Mahāvyutpatti 1996, vyañjana-k° 1997, c. of ‘letters’, sounds, or syllables (= akṣara), and pada-k° 1998, c. of phrases, expressions, sentences (these terms explained in LaVallée Poussin, Abhidharmakośa ii.238—40; Tibetan renders kāva bv tshogs, mass, [Page178-a+ 71] quantity, and pada, q.v. by tshig, which means both word and speech, utterance); sometimes, but more rarely, used out of composition with modifying adj. or appositional noun, as, tuṣite kāye Mahāvastu i.199.7 = ii.3.5; (parihāsyante…) asurāḥ kāyāḥ, divyāḥ kāyāḥ paripūriṃ gamiṣyanti Lalitavistara 401.6; hāyetsu(ḥ) āsurā kāyā, divyā kāyā abhivardhetsu Mahāvastu i.330.9 (compare on the other hand, hāyiṣyati asura-kāyaṃ, nara-maru-saṃgho vivardhanti Mahāvastu i.44.4). On the three ‘bodies’ (kāya) of a Buddha, dharma-, saṃbhoga-, nirmāṇa-k°, see these words; Régamey, Samādhirājasūtra. p. 23, with refs. They hardly occur in the texts included in this work. A little better known is the two-fold contrast of dharma- with rūpa-k°, qq.v.

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

Kāya (काय).—mn.

(-yaḥ-yaṃ) The body. n.

(-yaṃ) 1. Part of the hand sacred to the creator; the root of the little finger. 2. Clarified butter or any oblation to Brahma. m.

(-yaḥ) 1. One of the eight modes of marriage, the same as prājāpatya. 2. Assemblage, collection. 3. A butt or mark, an object to be hit or attained. 4. Natural temperament of any thing or being. 5. A house, a habitation. 6. Principal, capital. E. ka a name of Brahma, and aṇ deriv. affix, i is added to ka, and aya is substituted for the short vowel; proceeding from or relating to Brahma, &c.

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

Kāya (काय).—I. (base ka, a name of the god Prajāpati). 1. m. A nuptial form called Prājāpatya, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 38. 2. n. The root of the little finger, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 59. Ii. i. e. ci + a, m. The body, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 5, 11.

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

Kaya (कय).—(only [genetive] sgl. [masculine]) [with] cid each, every.

--- OR ---

Kayā (कया).—([instrumental] [adverb]) in what manner?

--- OR ---

Kāya (काय).—1. [feminine] ī relating to the God Ka (Prajapati); [masculine] the marriage rite of Ka.

--- OR ---

Kāya (काय).—2. [masculine] body, heap, group, multitude.

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

1) Kaya (कय):—([Vedic or Veda] for 2. ka; only [genitive case] sg. with cid), every one (e.g. ni ṣū namātimatiṃ kayasya cit, bow well down the haughtiness of every one, [Ṛg-veda i, 129, 5]), [Ṛg-veda i, 27, 8; viii, 25, 15;]

2) cf. [Zend] kaya; [Armenian] ui.

3) Kayā (कया):—[from kaya] ind. (inst. fem. of 2. ka) in what manner? [Ṛg-veda]

4) Kāya (काय):—1. kāya mf(ī)n. ([from] 3. ka, [Pāṇini 4-2, 25]), relating or devoted to the god Ka (Prajā-pati, [Ṛg-veda x, 121]), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

5) etc.

6) m. one of the eight modes of marriage (= Prājāpatya See vivāha), [Manu-smṛti iii, 38; Yājñavalkya i, 60]

7) n. part of the hand sacred to Prajā-pati, the root of the little finger, [Manu-smṛti ii, 58 and 59.]

8) 2. kāya m. (√ci, [Pāṇini 3-3, 41]), the body, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti] etc.

9) the trunk of a tree, [Rāmāyaṇa]

10) the body of a lute (the whole except the wires), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) assemblage, collection, multitude, [Saddharma-puṇḍarīka]

12) principal, capital, [Nārada-smṛti, nāradīya-dharma-śāstra; Bṛhad-devatā]

13) a house, habitation, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) a butt, mark, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) any object to be attained, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

16) natural temperament, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Kāya (काय):—[(yaḥ-yaṃ)] 1. m. n. The body. m. A mode of marriage; a butt; a house; temperament. n. Root; the little finger; ghee.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kāya (काय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Kāya, Kāyā.

[Sanskrit to German]

Kaya in German

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kāyā (काया):—(nf) the body, person; soma; ~[kalpa] rejuvenation; ~[ntaraṇa] metamorphosis, metamorphism; ~[palaṭa] metamorphosis.

context information


Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Hindi from relevant books on Exotic India

Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Kaya (कय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kaca.

2) Kaya (कय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kraya.

3) Kayā (कया) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kadā.

4) Kāya (काय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kāya.

5) Kāya (काय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kāya.

6) Kāya (काय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kāka.

7) Kāya (काय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kāca.

8) Kāyā (काया) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Kāyā.

context information

Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Prakrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kāya (ಕಾಯ):—

1) [noun] the physical structure and material substance of an animal including that of a human; the body.

2) [noun] the base of the little finger.

3) [noun] a group of people assembled at one place; a multitude.

4) [noun] the main stem of a tree as distinct from the branches and roots; the trunk.

5) [noun] the main structure of Vīṇā, the Indian lute.

6) [noun] a place of dwelling; a house.

7) [noun] characteristic disposition or the particular combination of qualities particular to an individual.

8) [noun] the wealth, as in money or property employed in business by an individual, firm, etc.; the capital.

context information

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

Discover the meaning of kaya in the context of Kannada from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Related products

Help me keep this site Ad-Free

For over a decade, this site has never bothered you with ads. I want to keep it that way. But I humbly request your help to keep doing what I do best: provide the world with unbiased truth, wisdom and knowledge.

Let's make the world a better place together!

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: