Laghutva: 10 definitions


Laghutva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

1) Laghutva (लघुत्व) (or Laghutā) refers to “suppleness of body” and represents one of the various signs and paranormal powers (siddhi) experienced by the Yoga practicioner, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise (presented in the form of a dialogue between Īśvara and Vāmadeva).—The last fifty-two verses of the Amanaska’s first chapter describe a temporal sequence of psychosomatic signs and paranormal powers (siddhi) brought about by absorption (laya). [...] It informs practitioners of the initial experiences they may have while immersed in absorption [e.g., Suppleness (laghutva) and lustre of body], and thus provides them with some idea of their progress in the practice, [...]. On suppleness (laghutva), see Dattātreyayogaśāstra 68, Haṭhapradīpikā 1.17, 2.13; Yogayājñavalkya 5.21; Haṭharatnāvalī 3.89; Śāṇḍilyopaniṣat 7.4; Yogasāramañjarī (quoted in the Yogasārasaṅgraha p. 27), etc.

2) Laghutva (लघुत्व) refers to the “lightness” (i.e., “one whose body is light”) according to the Bhāṣya (commentary) on the Pātañjalayogaśāstra Sūtra 3.42.—Accordingly, “... [The yogin] who has mastered the connection [between body and space] becomes light. Because he is light (laghutva), he can walk on water. Then, having walked on merely a spider’s thread, he walks on a ray of light. Then, he moves in the ether as he wishes”.

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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

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Laghutva (लघुत्व, “light”) refers to one of the “eleven tangibles” (spraṣṭavya) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 38). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., laghutva). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

laghutva (लघुत्व).—n (S) Levity or lightness. 2 Littleness or smallness. 3 fig. Littleness; lightness of estimation; absence of dignity, majesty, gravity, or authority. 4 Sense or feeling of dishonor, littleness, or meanness. v yē, vāṭa.

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

laghutva (लघुत्व).—n Levity. Smallness. Fig. Littleness.

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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

Laghutva (लघुत्व).—

1) Lightness, levity.

2) Smallness, littleness.

3) (a) Insignificance, unimportance, contempt, absence of dignity; इन्द्रोऽपि लघुतां याति स्वयं प्रख्यापितै- र्गुणैः (indro'pi laghutāṃ yāti svayaṃ prakhyāpitai- rguṇaiḥ). (b) Obscurity of birth, humbleness of origin.

4) Dishonour, disrespect; लघुत्वं याति सर्वतः (laghutvaṃ yāti sarvataḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.14; येन स्याल्लघुता (yena syāllaghutā) ...... तत्कर्म न कुर्यात् कुलसेवकः (tatkarma na kuryāt kulasevakaḥ) 353.

5) Activity, quickness.

6) Shortness, brevity.

7) Ease, facility.

8) Thoughtlessness, frivolity.

9) Wantonness.

Derivable forms: laghutvam (लघुत्वम्).

See also (synonyms): laghutā.

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

Laghutva (लघुत्व).—[laghu + tva], n. Disregard, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 156.

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

1) Laghutva (लघुत्व):—[=laghu-tva] [from laghu] n. quickness, agility, dexterity, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] lightness, ease, facility, [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad; Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] feeling of ease, [Mṛcchakaṭikā]

4) [v.s. ...] prosodial shortness, [Piṅgala Scholiast, i.e. halāyudha [Scholiast or Commentator]]

5) [v.s. ...] levity, thoughtlessness, wantonness, [Mahābhārata]

6) [v.s. ...] want of dignity, humbleness, disregard, disrespect, [Kāvya literature; Pañcatantra etc.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Laghutva 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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Laghutva (ಲಘುತ್ವ):—

1) [noun] the quality or fact of being very light; lightness.

2) [noun] the quality of being quick, deft and active; agility; nimbleness; quickness.

3) [noun] the quality or fact of being short, concise; or not being lengthy; shortness; brevity.

4) [noun] the quality of being frivolous, childish; lack of maturity; frivolousness; immaturity; sillines.

5) [noun] a slighting or being slighted by pointedly indifferent, disrespectful or supercilious treatment; slight;disregard.

6) [noun] ease of doing or making; absence of difficulty; facility.

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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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