Lalasa, Lālasā, Lālasa: 19 definitions


Lalasa means something in 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Lalsa.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Lālasā (लालसा, “desire, attachment”):—Name of one of the sixty-four mātṛs to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”, or “Durgā’s Retinue”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva. They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ॐ लालसायै नमः
oṃ lālasāyai namaḥ.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Lālasā (लालसा) refers to “greedy”, according to the Kālīkulakramasadbhāva or simply Kramasadbhāva (verse 3.49-81), which is an important source of the Kālīkrama.—Accordingly, “Always greedy [i.e., lālasā] to eat the Body of Time at the end of the a eon, she is Kālī who, by the upper path, is present in the form (rūpa) at the end of the End of the Twelve. [...] Mounted on the energy at the extremity of emission (visarga), she is in the middle of the sixteen vowels. She is Kālī, the seventeenth energy, the action that brings all things to an end”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Lālasa (लालस) refers to “longing for” (i.e., expecting [one’s arrival]), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.39 (“The gods arrive at Kailāsa”).—Accordingly, after Śiva spoke to Nārada: “Paying heed to this behest of Śiva, O sage, you, a great favourite of Śiva, invited all of them approaching everyone severally. O Nārada, after carrying out your duties as his emissary you, the great sage, returned to Śiva and remained there with His permission. Śiva too waited there eagerly expecting their arrival (āgamana-lālasa) while his attendants were celebrating great festivities by dance and songs. [...]”.

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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: Tessitori Collection I (ayurveda)

Lālasa (लालस) or Lālasāsana refers to one of the sections of the Kokasāra by Ānanda Kavi (dealing with Poetics and Erotics), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Kokasāra is a Hindi rewriting of the Kokaśāstra, a famous Sanskrit work of the Kāmaśāstra tradition. [...] The manuscript [of the Kokasāra] ends rather abruptly with the lālasa-āsana. A comparison with the manuscripts described by Hiralal (Twelfth Report) shows that the missing part is not very large.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Lālasa (लालस) refers to “(being) absorbed (in objects of desire)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Also sometimes when these (i.e. good duration of life, etc.), which are exceedingly difficult to obtain, are obtained because of divine [action], some here [in the world] who are absorbed in objects of desire (kāmārtha-lālasa) fall down because of carelessness. And having duly found the path consisting of the Three Jewels, some whose minds are entirely stupefied by the poison of excessive wrong faith, give up”.

Synonyms: Lampaṭa.

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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

lālasā (लालसा).—f S corruptly lālasatā f An ardent desire or wish, craving, coveting.

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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

Lālasa (लालस).—a.

1) Ardently longing for, eagerly desirous of, hankering after; प्रणामलालसाः (praṇāmalālasāḥ) K.14; ईशानसंदर्शनलाल- सानाम् (īśānasaṃdarśanalāla- sānām) Kumārasambhava 7.56; Śiśupālavadha 4.6.

2) Taking pleasure in, devoted to, fond of, absorbed in; विलासलालसम् (vilāsalālasam) Gītagovinda 1; रुदती शोकलालसा (rudatī śokalālasā) Rām.2.21.2; Mahābhārata (Bombay) 1.2.229; मृगया° (mṛgayā°) &c.

-saḥ = लालसा (lālasā) q. v. below.

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Lālasā (लालसा).—[las spṛhāyāṃ yaṅ luk bhāve a]

1) Longing or ardent desire, extreme desire, eagerness.

2) Asking, solicitation, entreaty.

3) Regret, sorrow.

4) The longing of a pregnant woman (dohada).

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

Lālasa (लालस).—f.

(-sā) Adj. 1. Ardently desirous of. 2. Devoted to, finding pleasure in.

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Lālasā (लालसा).—mf.

(-saḥ-sā) 1. Ardent desire. 2. Regret, sorrow, missing, wishing for any person or object absent. 3. Soliciting, asking. 4. The longing of pregnant women. 5. Wanton sport, dalliance. E. lal to desire, to wish for, asaṇ Unadi aff.; or laṣ to wish, or las to sport, affs. ghañ and ṭāp, and the root reiterated, deriv. irr. Vachaspatya defines it thus:—lasa spṛhāyāṃ yaṅ luk bhāve a .

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

Lālasa (लालस).—i. e. lālas, [frequentative.] of 1. las, but partly in the signification of laṣ, + a, m., and f. . 1. Ardent desire. [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 36 (m.); [Pañcatantra] 81, 21 (at the end of a comp. adj. śravaṇa -sukha-, Ardently desiring the pleasure for his ears). 2. Regret. 3. Asking. 4. The longing of a pregnant woman. 5. Dalliance, Mahābhārata 7, 3383 (?).

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

Lālasa (लालस).—[adjective] ardently desirous of, eagerly longing for, thoroughly devoted to ([genetive] or —°); [masculine], [feminine] lālasā & lālasatā as [abstract]

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

1) Lālasa (लालस):—mf(ā)n. ([from] [Intensive] of √las) eagerly longing for, ardently desirous of, delighting or absorbed in, devoted or totally given up to ([locative case] or [compound]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (-tā f.)

2) m. and f(ā). longing or ardent desire, fond attachment or devotion to ([locative case]), [Bhartṛhari; Bālarāmāyaṇa] ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] also ‘regret, sorrow; asking, soliciting; the longing of a pregnant woman; dalliance’)

3) Lālasā (लालसा):—[from lālasa] f. a kind of metre, [Piṅgala Scholiast, i.e. halāyudha [Scholiast or Commentator]]

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

Lālasā (लालसा):—[(saḥ-sā)] 1. m. f. Ardent desire; regret; longing; dalliance.

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

Lālasa (लालस) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Lālasa.

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Lalasa 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Lālasā (लालसा) [Also spelled lalsa]:—(nf) craving, longing, yearning.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Lālasa (लालस) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Lālasa.

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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.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Lālasa (ಲಾಲಸ):—

1) [noun] = ಲಾಲಸೆ - [lalase -] 1.

2) [noun] a man having excessive or undue desires, greediness; a very greedy man.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

1) Lālasa (लालस):—n. 1. greed; covetousness; 2. bait; lure;

2) Lālasā (लालसा):—n. 1. avarice; greed; thirst; intense desire; 2. relish of a pregnant woman;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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