Kundalin, Kuṇḍalin: 8 definitions

Introduction

Kundalin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्) is another name (synonym) for Karbudāra, which is the Sanskrit word for Bauhinia variegata (orchid tree), a plant from the Cleomaceae family. This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 13.99), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्, “ear-rings”):—The earrings shaped like sea-monsters (makara) of the Lord represent the two methods of knowledge;— intellectual knowledge (sankhya) and intuitive perception (yoga). (S.B. 12.11.12: bibharti sāṃkhyaṃ yogaṃ ca devo makara kuṇḍale |)

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

1) Kuṇḍalin, 2 in kuṇḍalī-kata contorted Pv. II, 927. See kuṇalin and cp. Morris, J. P. T. S. 1893, 14. (Page 220)

2) Kuṇḍalin, 1 (adj.) (fr. kuṇḍala) wearing earrings S. IV, 343; J. V, 136; VI, 478. su° Vv 731. Cp. Maṭṭha° Np. DhA. I, 25; Pv. II, 5. (Page 220)

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्).—(- f.)

1) Decorated with ear-rings.

2) Circular, spiral.

3) Winding, coiling (as a serpent). -m.

1) A snake. वामाङ्गीकृतवामाङ्गि कुण्डलीकृतकुण्डलि (vāmāṅgīkṛtavāmāṅgi kuṇḍalīkṛtakuṇḍali) Udb.

2) A peacock.

3) An epithet of Varuṇa, and of Śiva.

4) The spotted or painted deer.

5) The golden mountain; काञ्चनाद्रौ सर्पे पुंसि तु कुण्डली (kāñcanādrau sarpe puṃsi tu kuṇḍalī) Nm.

-nī A form of Durgā or Śakti.

2) Name of a नाडी (nāḍī) in Yoga.

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

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्).—mfn. (-lī-linī-li) Having an earring. m. (-lī) 1. A name of Varuna regent of the water. 2. A snake. 3. A peacock. 4. The spotted or painted deer. f. (-nī) 1. A Sakti or form of Durga, worshipped by the Tantrikas. 2. A plant, (Meanispermum glabrum.) 3. Curds boiled with Ghee and spices. E. kuṇḍala and earring, and ini affix; the rings on the snake, the eyes in the peacock’s tail, &c. being compared to this ornament.

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

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्).—i. e. kuṇḍala + in, adj., f. , Having earrings, Mahābhārata 1, 7005.

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

Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्).—[adjective] wearing ear-rings; forming a ring, coiled; [masculine] a snake.

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

1) Kuṇḍalin (कुण्डलिन्):—[from kuṇḍala] mfn. decorated with ear-rings, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] circular, annulate, [Harivaṃśa 4664]

3) [v.s. ...] m. a snake, [Rājataraṅgiṇī i, 2]

4) [v.s. ...] the spotted or painted deer, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] a peacock, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] the tree Bauhinia variegata, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva

8) [v.s. ...] of Varuṇa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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. 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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