Kshipra, Kṣipra, Kṣiprā: 29 definitions


Kshipra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Kṣipra and Kṣiprā can be transliterated into English as Ksipra or Kshipra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “quickly” (e.g., to quickly dispel one’s misery), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as the Gods said to Brahmā: “O lord of the worlds, thanks to the boon received from you. The demon Tāraka is very haughty. Driving us out with force he has taken possession of our positions. Is it not known to you what misery has befallen us? Please dispel our misery quickly [i.e., kṣipra]. We seek refuge in you. He torments us wherever we happen to stay by day or at night. Wherever we flee we see Tāraka. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—A son of Upāsaṅga (Upānga, Vāyu-purāṇa).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 258; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 249.

2a) Kṣiprā (क्षिप्रा).—A river from the Vindhyas, sacred to Pitṛs.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 32; Matsya-purāṇa 22. 24; 114. 27.

2b) A R. from the Pāriyātra hills.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 29.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) is the name of a specific marma (vital points) of the human body, according to the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā. When affected severely, these marmas causes death. The commonly accepted number of marmas in the human body, as described in the Suśruta-saṃhita, is 107 divided into 5 categories: the muscular, vascular, ligament, bone and joints.

The Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya-saṃhitā by Vāgbhaṭa is a classical Sanskrit treatise dealing with Āyurveda dating from the 6th-century. Together with the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhita, it is considered one of the three main Indian medical classics

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र):—[kṣipraṃ] Spontaneous, Sudden

Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) or Kṣiprapākī refers to “speedy (suppuration)”, according to Āyurveda sections in the Garuḍapurāṇa.—In Garuḍapurāṇa the vraṇa (ulcers/wounds) are classified broadly into two types based on the causative factors i.e.: (1) Āgantuja-vraṇa and (2) Doṣaja-vraṇa. They are sub classified based on the type of Doṣa, [e.g., Kaphajavraṇa—The ulcers / wounds caused due to the derangement in kapha. The main characteristic feature is kṣipra-pākī (suppuration speedily)] [...].

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—lit. rapid, accelerated, a short name given in the a Prātiśākhya works to a Saṃdhi or euphonic combination of the vowels इ, उ, ऋ (i, u, ),; लृ (lṛ) with a following dissimilar vowel; cf. Uvvaṭa Bhāṣya on R.Pr. III.10; cf. also इको यणचि (iko yaṇaci) P.VI.1.77. The name Kṣipra is given to this Saṃdhi possibly because the vowel, short or long, which is turned into a consonant by this saṃdhi becomes very short (i.e. shorter than a short vowel i.e. a semi-vowel). The word क्षैप्र (kṣaipra) is also used in this sense referring to the Kṣiprasaṃdhi.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “that which moves quickly” (i.e., Kuṇḍalinī), according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “Then, O goddess, one should prepare the inner (mental) organ. Having exhaled the breath and then having drawn it in again into one’s own body, retain it. Once (it has) entered the Root Wheel, it should be checked below and above. (Kuṇḍalinī, the energy in the body) whose form is that of a sleeping snake and (which is) shaped (round like) an earring, awakes and moves quickly [i.e., kṣipra] following the path of the Channel of Brahmā. [...]”.

2) Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) is the name of the Root (kanda) associated with Pūrṇagiri, one the eight Sacred Seats (pīṭha), according to the Yogakhaṇḍa (chapter 14) of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) means “immediately”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] The evils of bad dreams, of sad thoughts, of ill omens and of evil deeds and the like will vanish immediately [i.e., kṣipra] when one hears of the moon’s motion among the stars. Neither the father nor the mother nor the relations nor friends of a prince will desire so much his well being and that of his subjects as a true Jyotiṣaka”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “quickly”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala, Ṣaṭka 1 verse 13.3–18::—Accordingly, “[...] Besides (bhūyas) the nirvāṇadīkṣā bestowing liberation is of many kinds: śivadharma-dīkṣā, lokadharma-dīkṣā and the initiation which kills quickly (kṣipra-ghnī), causing the body to fall. [The initiation] which reveals everything through the attainment of Śiva through the performance of post-initiatory rites once the three bonds (i.e. the three impurities) have ceased due to the purification of the consciousness on one [of the six] paths, [that] initiation is known to be the śivadharmadīkṣā, which bestows the attainment of liberation because it is contrary to the mundane practice. [...]”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “quick (arising)” (of great peace), according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 6.9-15ab]—“[...] Even for someone gone to Yama’s abode [i.e., someone who has died], great peace arises quickly (kṣipra). Mṛtyujit is sure to destroy death when pleased with an oblation of fragrant ghee put into a fire fueled by milk-tree wood”.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (natya)

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to one of the 108 kinds of Karaṇa (“coordination of precise movements of legs and hands”), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, karaṇas are the coordination of precise movements of legs and hands performed in a particular posture. The Nāṭyaśāstra also gives its view point in the same spirit. In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, one hundred and eight kinds of karaṇas are accepted, e.g., Kṣipra.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “quickly (overcoming)” (the mind), according to the Haṭhapradīpikā of Svātmārāma: an influential 15th-century Sanskrit manual on Hatha-Yoga dealing with techniques to channel one’s vital energy.—Accordingly, while discussing methods for conquering the mind: “Acquiring spiritual knowledge, associating with the wise, abandoning habitual tendencies and stopping the movement of the breath; according to tradition, [all] these methods are effective in conquering the mind. The [mind] is quickly (kṣipra) overcome by these [methods of restraint] like the dust of the earth by streams [of water]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “fleeting”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 31).—Accordingly, “[...] The past mind (atīta-citta), being already destroyed (bhagna), does not experience the happiness; the future mind (anāgatacitta), being not yet born (utpanna), does not experience the happiness; the present mind (pratyutpannacitta), being momentary (ekakṣaṇika) and fleeting (kṣipra), does not have the awareness to experience the happiness”.

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “speedily”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] Then, the bodhisatva, the great being, Gaganagañja addressed himself to the Lord: [...] (36) [How do the Bodhisattvas] know the way of right action and behaviour, obtain the light being freed from darkness, understand the self-originated knowledge, not being dependent on any other, and speedily (kṣipra) attain the gnosis of omniscience from the great vehicle? [...]’”.

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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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Tibetan Buddhism)

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) refers to “quickly (gaining control)” (of the Gods, Demons and Men), according to verse 14.24bd-27 of the Laghuśaṃvara, an ancient Buddhist Yoginī Tantra.—Accordingly, [while describing the Siddhi of speech]: “The Sādhaka [who has] the Siddhi of speech can certainly attract a king or queen by [merely] thinking [it]. He quickly (kṣipra) controls gods, demons and men. When angry, he can kill with his speech and drive away his adversary. The practitioner can thus effect a curse with his speech. And he can stop a river, a cart, a machine [like a water-wheel,] the ocean, elephants and horses, clouds, a man or bird merely by means of his speech. He achieves everything which he desires by his speech”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र, “quick”).—What is the meaning of quick (kṣipra)? To cognize a fast moving object or to cognize quickly is called quick (kṣipra) knowledge.

The opposite (setara) of kṣipra is akṣipra (slowly).—Slow cognition or cognition of a slow moving object is called akṣipra, e.g. knowing that the slow moving object is a turtle.

according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.16, “The subdivisions of each of these (kinds of mati, or ‘mind-based knowledge’) are: more, many kinds, quick (kṣipra, opposite: akṣipra), hidden, unexpressed, lasting, and their opposites”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—a (S) Quick, speedy, swift. 2 as ad Quickly.

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kṣiprā (क्षिप्रा).—f S A name for Khir or ricemilk with sugar and spices.

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

kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—a Quick, swift. ad Quickly.

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kṣiprā (क्षिप्रा).—f Sweetened and spiced rice milk.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—a. [kṣip-rak] (compar. kṣepīyas; superl. kṣepiṣṭha)

1) Elastic (as a bow); ऋतज्येन क्षिप्रेण ब्रह्मणस्पतिः (ṛtajyena kṣipreṇa brahmaṇaspatiḥ) Ṛgveda 2.24.8.

2) Quick, speedy.

-pram 1 A measure of time = 1/15 of a Muhūrta.

2) The part of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger and the corresponding part of the foot.

-pram ind. Quickly, speedily, immediately; विनाशं व्रजति क्षिप्रमामपात्रमिवाम्भसि (vināśaṃ vrajati kṣipramāmapātramivāmbhasi) Manusmṛti 3.179; Śānti.3.6; Bhaṭṭikāvya 2.44.

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—mfn.

(-praḥ-prā-praṃ) Quickly, speedily, quick, swift. adv. n.

(-praṃ) Quickly. E. kṣip to send or despatch, Unadi affix rak.

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—[kṣip + ra], I. adj., f. , Quick, Man, 7, 179. Comparat. kṣepīyaṃs, superl. kṣepiṣṭha. Ii. ram, adv. Quickly, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 52, 21. Iii. rāt, adv. Directly, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 18, 280.

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र).—[adjective] darting (bow); quick, fast; [neuter] quickly, immediately.

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

1) Kṣipra (क्षिप्र):—[from kṣip] mf(ā)n. ([Comparative degree] kṣepīyas, [superlative degree] kṣepiṣṭha, qq.vv.) springing, flying back with a spring, elastic (as a bow), [Ṛg-veda ii, 24, 8]

2) [v.s. ...] quick, speedy, swift, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa vi]

3) [v.s. ...] ix

4) [v.s. ...] (said of certain lunar mansions), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

5) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a son of Kṛṣṇa, [Harivaṃśa 9195]

6) [from kṣip] m., [v]

7) [v.s. ...] [xiii; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

8) [v.s. ...] n. a measure of time (= 1/15 Muhūrta or 15 Etarhis), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xii, 3, 2, 5]

9) [v.s. ...] the part of the hand between the thumb and forefinger and the corresponding part of the foot, [Suśruta]

10) Kṣiprā (क्षिप्रा):—[from kṣipra > kṣip] ind. ([Vedic or Veda] [accusative] [plural] n.) with a shot, [Ṛg-veda iv, 8, 8]

11) Kṣipra (क्षिप्र):—[from kṣip] n. iv

12) [v.s. ...] [v]

13) [v.s. ...] [x]

14) [v.s. ...] (cf. [Greek] κραιπνός)

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र):—[(praḥ-prā-praṃ) a.] Quick, quickly.

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

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Khippa, Galatthia, Ghallia, Chippa.

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Kshipra in German

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kṣipra (क्षिप्र):—(a) quick, nimble; ~[] quickness, nimbleness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kṣipra (ಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರ):—

1) [adjective] characterised by speed of motion; rapid; swift; speedy.

2) [adjective] without delay; quick; prompt.

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Kṣipra (ಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರ):—[noun] the act or state of moving, rapidly; swiftness; quick motion.

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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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