Laya: 29 definitions


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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

1) Laya (लय) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Mayamata XIX.10-12, which is a populair treatise on Vāstuśāstra literature.

2) Laya (लय) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Triviṣṭapa, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Triviṣṭapa group contains ten out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). This group represents temples (e.g. Laya) that are to be octangular in shape. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Laya (लय) refers to “speech-tempo”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, it is part of the ‘vocal representation’ (vācika), which is used in communicating the meaning of the drama and calling forth the sentiment (rasa)

2) Laya (लय) refers to one of the twenty aspects of tāla (time-measure), according to the Nāṭyaśāstrahapter chapter 28. In musical performance, tāla refers to any rhythmic beat or strike that measures musical time. It is an important concept in ancient Indian musical theory (gāndharvaśāstra) traceable to the Vedic era.

3) Laya (लय) refers to “tempo” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “that which is known as completion of metres, syllables and words, is called the laya or māna (measure) depending on the variation of timing in kalās in its tāla. There are three kinds of laya (tempo) such as quick (druta), medium (madhya), and slow (vilambita). This tempo is made manifest in different mārgas of songs and playing of instruments, and it is an essential aspect (lit. the soul) of these two (i.e. singing, and playing of musical instruments). In these mārgas there are, besides, three yatis related to the tempo”.

4) Laya (लय) refers to the three tempos (quick, medium and slow), used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Laya (लय).—A King of old. He was a member of the court of Yama. (Śloka 21, Chapter 8, Sabhā Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Laya (लय).—The dissolution pertaining to Prakṛti; a state in which there is no rain for a century, famine rages and the fire of deluge consumes all spaces, accompanied by violent winds and so on. It is of four kinds; nitya, naimittika, prākṛtika, and ātyantika; deluge, when the universe merges when the guṇas are in a balanced state.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 4. (whole); Matsya-purāṇa 1. 33; Vāyu-purāṇa 5. 9.
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Laya (लय) is the name of an Apabhraṃśa metre classified as Dvipadi (metres with two lines in a stanza) discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Laya has 28 mātrās in a line, made with 7 caturmātras not marked by any yati.—All the three [i.e., Laya, Bhramarapada and Upabhramarapada] are tāla-vṛttas and are sung in the tāla of 8 mātrās, with this difference that the beat of the tālā occurs on the 1st mātrā in the first, while it occurs on the 3rd in the other two.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Laya (लय) refers to “withdrawal”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the Goddess said: “[...] That great power (mahat) is Viṣṇu and (its) form is energy (śaktibimba) that abides threefold. [...] Satisfaction (of all desires is attained) by means of that nectar and there is no rebirth. I am she who is threefold as emanation, persistence and withdrawal [i.e., sṛṣṭi-sthiti-laya-ātmikā]. I pervade the entire universe and the four types of living beings. Why do you praise (me)? Why do you meditate on me? Who else apart from me has authority? Who are you (heralded thus) with hymns and words (of praise)?”.

2) Laya (लय) refers to “merger”, associated with the deities Raudrī and Maheśvara.—In the Tantrasadbhāva we find the geometric shapes related to the energies, or aspects of the one energy, that constitute the Triangle. [...] These three energies [i.e., Vāmā, Jyeṣṭhā and Raudrī] are the consorts of the gods Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara and manifest as a series of triads. [...] They are also the energies that bring about the initial coming into being (udbhava) of the universe and an expanded state of consciousness followed by emission (viśleṣa) and merger (laya). [...]”.

3) Laya (लय, “merger”) refers to one of the four characteristic features of the Śāmbhava (state), according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya verse 4.57-58.—Accordingly, “Next I will explain something else namely, the characteristic feature of the Śāmbhava (state). Equal (sama), Gone Away (gata), Merger (laya) and Awakening (avabodha) as the fourth—(thus) Śāmbhava is said to be of four kinds”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

1) Laya (लय) refers to “(that which) merges (in the Lord of Time)”, according to the Vārāṇasīmāhātmya verse 1.116-125.—Accordingly, “[...] And there is no rebirth (udbhava) in this world for those Pāśupata sages who follow the observance of the skull, they who abide by the Atimārga. For the practitioners of the Atimārga there is only indifference. Those who have set out on the Atimārga only delight in indifference. Those who die on the saline ground go along that path, but of all saline grounds Vārāṇasī is the best, O sage. And there is no sprouting for those who die there. The body abandoned on the cremation ground merges in the Lord of Time (kālarāja-laya). [...]”.

2) Laya (लय) refers to “(the yoga of) absorption”, according to the Brahmayāmala-tantra (or Picumata), an early 7th century Śaiva text consisting of twelve-thousand verses.—Later chapters of the text introduce Yogic practices and emphases seemingly unanticipated in the core fifty-odd chapters. These include systems of meditation focused on a series of inner voids and resonances, a yoga system based on internalization of visionary encounters with the goddesses (yoginīmelaka), yogic practices for cheating death (a system which, in contrast to the core chapters, attests the bodily kuṇḍalinī), and a kind of “yoga of absorption” (laya-yoga) based on the granthis of the principal padmamālā.

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

Laya (लय) refers to “action”, 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 4.5cd-6, while describing the purification process of the initiand]—“[One goes through the saṃskāras:] conceived, born, by virtue of taking up one’s role, action (laya) and fruition. Then [the initatiand] atones and [proceeds through the remainder of the saṃskāras that] follow. All this should] be done with the mūlamantra”.

Commentary: “Bhoga, which is the experiencing of pleasure, pain, and delusion. The process of action (laya) [is to] of melt away any trace of fruition, which remains for a short period of time even though the bhoga has ceased”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

1) Laya (लय) (or Vilaya) refers to “gradual progression of absorption” or “dissolution (of breathing an mental activity)”, according to some of the manuscripts of the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with topics as absorption (laya), yogic powers (siddhi) and liberation, presented in the form of a dialogue between Īśvara and Vāmadeva.—In the first chapter, it is said that when the no-mind state (amanaska) arises, it causes the dissolution (laya/vilaya) of breathing and mental activity. In other words, the mind and breath disappear, perhaps, in the sense that the Yogin is no longer aware of them. [...] In the Amanaska verse 1.27, one can infer that laya is synonymous with the no-mind state (amanaska) because both are described as the stone-like state of Samādhi in which there is no movement, breathing or thinking.

2) Laya (लय) refers to “inertia”, according to the Maitrāyaṇīyopaniṣat 6.34.7.—Accordingly, while describing the no-mind state: “Having made the mind free from inertia (laya) and distraction, it [becomes] very still. When it goes to the state of no mind, then that is the supreme state”.

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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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Gitashastra (science of music)

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

Laya (लय) refers to the “tempo (of Music)”, and is determined according to the sentiments (rasa), 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.—In the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, the laya i.e., the tempo of Music is also determined according to the sentiments. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, laya or tempo is made according to the time of kalās. Kalā arises from the collection of mātrās. The time period of one mātrā is calculated with five nimeṣas i.e., five times blinking of eyes .

The Nāṭyaśāstra accepts three kinds of layas viz.,

  1. druta i.e., speedy,
  2. madhyamā i.e., middle and
  3. vilambita i.e., slow.

According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, the tempo should be madhyamā i.e., middle or so to say as normal in hāsya and śṛṅgāra. For bībhatsa and bhayānaka, the vilambita i.e., slow tempo is used and for raudra and adbhuta, the druta i.e., speedy tempo should be used.

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Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.

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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

Source: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

Laya (लय) refers to the “keeping time” (in dancing), according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, “[...] It has been said that there are eighteen addictions. These are the outcome of the desire for earthly enjovments. [...] Dancing is of two kinds—the wild, called tāṇḍava, and the theatrical, called lāsya. It is accompanied with chārī or amorous gait and laya or keeping time. [...]”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: WikiPedia: Mahayana Buddhism

Laya (लय) (Tibetan: bying-ba) refers to “laxity” and (together with auddhatya—‘excitement’) represents one of the “five faults” (ādīnava), connected with śamatha (“access concentration”), according to Kamalaśīla and the Śrāvakabhūmi section of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra.—Laxity may be coarse (audārika, rags-pa) or subtle (sūksma, phra-mo). Lethargy (styāna, rmugs-pa) is often also present, but is said to be less common.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

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

Laya in Philippines is the name of a plant defined with Zingiber officinale in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Curcuma longifolia Wall (among others).

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

· Deutsche Flora. Pharmaceutisch-medicinische Botanik (1881)
· Zingiberaceae
· Plants of the Coast of Coromandel (1820)
· Verhandelingen van het bataviaasch genootschap van kunsten en wetenschappen (1790)
· Journal of Cytology and Genetics (1998)
· Cytologia (1998)

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

laya : (m.) a brief measure of time.

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

Laya, (cp. Sk. laya: see līyati) 1. a brief measure of time, usually combined with other expressions denoting a short moment, esp. frequent as khaṇa laya muhutta Vin. I, 12; III, 92; A. IV, 137; cp. Dpvs. I, 16 (khaṇe khaṇe laye Buddho sabbalokaṃ avekkhati).—Vism. 136 (īsakam pi layaṃ yantaṃ paggaṇheth’eva mānasaṃ).—2. time in music, equal time, rhythm Dāvs. IV, 50; VvA. 183 (dvādasannaṃ laya-bhedānaṃ vasena pabheda). Laḷati (lal, onomat; . cp. Lat. lallo “lull”; Sk. lalallā; Gr. laλos talkative; lalέw talk; Ger. lallen. The Dhtp distinguishes 2 roots: lal (=icchā) & laḷ (=vilāsa & upasevā)) to dally, sport, sing J. II, 121 (ppr. laḷamānā); VvA. 41 (laḷantī; with kīḷati), 57 (id.).—Caus. laḷeti J. I, 362 (ppr. lāḷentā); Vism. 365; cp. upa° — pp. laḷita: see pa°. (Page 582)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

laya (लय).—m f (S) Lingering and gradually fading sound of a musical instrument. 2 m A pause or rest in music. 3 Equal time in music (and in dancing, marching, or stepping). 4 Extinction, absorption, destruction through being swallowed up in or confounded with: consumption, dissipation, destruction or exhaustion through expenditure or use. 5 m n Destruction (reduction into its original state) of the Universe. See notice under utpatti or sthiti. 6 n Attention, absorbedness of mind, the mind as attent or intent. v lāga, hō.

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laya (लय).—a & ad (Vulgar. From laya S in the sense of Extinction or destruction, as a state suited to represent or image forth the conception of a wonderstruck and overwhelmed mind on beholding a magnitude, an extent, or a number utterly overbearing attempt at determination or computation or reasonable conjecture. laya is thus rather an interjection or an ejaculation of laboring emotion agreeing with Prodigious! monstrous! amazing! and, in Maraṭhi, akin to pralaya, anartha, ākānta, julūma &c. The word is dear to the kuṇabīmāḷī class, and is in incessant use.) Very many or very much; exceedingly numerous or abundant: also, as prefixed to an adjective, exceedingly or very; as layamōṭhā, layauñca, layalāmba.

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laya (लय).—f layalūṭa f (Vulgar.) Overflowing abundance; vast quantities; heaps upon heaps, lots, piles.

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lāya (लाय) [or लायलाय, lāyalāya].—ad & f See lahālahā.

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

laya (लय).—m Extinction. A pause in music. m n Destruction of the Universe. n Atten- tion.

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laya (लय).—f Overflowing abundanne.

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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

Laya (लय).—[lī-ac]

1) Sticking, union, adherence.

2) Lurking, hiding.

3) Fusion, melting, solution.

4) Disappearance, dissolution, extinction, destruction; universal destruction (pralaya); लयं या (layaṃ yā) 'to be dissolved or destroyed'.

5) Absorption of the mind, deep concentration, exclusive devotion (to any one object); पश्यन्ती शिवरूपिणं लयवशादात्मानमभ्यागता (paśyantī śivarūpiṇaṃ layavaśādātmānamabhyāgatā) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 5.2,7; ध्यानलयेन (dhyānalayena) Gītagovinda 4.

6) Time in music (of three kindsdruta, madhya, and vilambita); किसलयैः सलयैरिव पाणिभिः (kisalayaiḥ salayairiva pāṇibhiḥ) R.9.35; पादन्यासो लय- मनुगतः (pādanyāso laya- manugataḥ) M.2.9; मध्यलम्बितपरिच्छिन्नस्त्रिधायं लयः (madhyalambitaparicchinnastridhāyaṃ layaḥ) Nāg.1.14.

7) A pause in music.

8) Rest, repose.

9) A place of rest, abode, habitation; अलया (alayā) Śiśupālavadha 4.57 'having no fixed abode, wandering'.

1) Slackness of mind, mental inactivity; (also used in adjectival sense; yadā jaye- drajaḥ sattvaṃ tamo mūḍhaṃ layaṃ jaḍam Bhāgavata 11.25.15.).

11) An embrace.

12) The Supreme Being.

13) The union of song, dance, and instrumental music; गायतं मधुरं गेयं तन्त्रीलयसमन्वितम् (gāyataṃ madhuraṃ geyaṃ tantrīlayasamanvitam) Rām.7.93.15.

14) A swoon.

15) The quick (downward) movement of an arrow.

Derivable forms: layaḥ (लयः).

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

Laya (लय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Equal time in music and dancing. 2. Adherence, union. 3. Fusion, solution, absorption. 4. Concentration, exclusive devotion. 5. Rest, repose. 6. Mental inactivity. 7. An embrace. 8. Destruction. 9. A house, a dwelling. 10. Sport, pastime. n.

(-yaṃ) 1. The root of the Andropogon muricatum. 2. Loss, destruction. 3. Fusion, melting. E. adhere to, &c., aff. ac .

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

Laya (लय).—i. e. lī + a, m. 1. Adhering. 2. A house. 3. Sport. 4. Equal time in music and dancing, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 43. 5. Melting; layaṃ yā, To melt away, to vanish, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 4. 6. Dissolution, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 204, 23; 211, 7; destruction. 7. Loss. 8. A pause in music, [Mālavikāgnimitra, (ed. Tullberg.)] 19, 11. 9. Slackness of mind, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 217, 23.

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

Laya (लय).—[masculine] dulling or hebetating the mind. [masculine] clinging or adhering to (—°), cowering, hiding, vanishing or entering into ([locative] or —°); absorption, extinction, death; rest, repose; time or pause in music.

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

1) Laya (लय):—a layana etc. See p. 903, col. 2.

2) Lāya (लाय):—m. (perhaps [from] √li = , to set in motion, throw) a missile, weapon, [Ṛg-veda x, 42, 1] ([according to] to [Sāyaṇa] = saṃśleṣaṇa, hṛdaya-vedhin).

3) Laya (लय):—[from ] b m. the act of sticking or clinging to ([locative case]), [Śiśupāla-vadha] (layaṃ with [locative case], ‘to become attached to any one’ [Kuvalayānanda])

4) [v.s. ...] lying down, cowering, [Mahābhārata]

5) [v.s. ...] melting, dissolution, disappearance or absorption in ([locative case] or [compound]), [Upaniṣad; Kapila] etc. (layaṃgam or ‘to disappear, be dissolved or absorbed’; layaṃ saṃ-√gam, ‘to hide or conceal one’s self’)

6) [v.s. ...] extinction, destruction, death, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (layaṃ, ‘to be destroyed, perish’)

7) [v.s. ...] rest, repose, [Śiśupāla-vadha; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (cf. a-laya)

8) [v.s. ...] place of rest, residence, house, dwelling, [Horace H. Wilson]

9) [v.s. ...] mental inactivity, spiritual indifference, [Kapila; Vedāntasāra]

10) [v.s. ...] sport, diversion, merriness, [Vāsavadattā]

11) [v.s. ...] delight in anything, [Haravijaya]

12) [v.s. ...] an embrace, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] (in music) time (regarded as of 3 kinds, viz. druta, ‘quick’, madhya, ‘mean or moderate’, and vilambita, ‘slow’), [Kālidāsa; Daśarūpa; Pañcatantra] etc.

14) [v.s. ...] a kind of measure, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

15) [v.s. ...] the union of song, dance and instrumental music, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

16) [v.s. ...] a pause, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

17) [v.s. ...] a [particular] agricultural implement (perhaps a sort of harrow or hoe), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

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

19) [v.s. ...] the quick (downward) movement of an arrow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

20) Layā (लया):—[from laya > lī] f. Name of a Yoginī, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi] ([varia lectio] jayā)

21) Laya (लय):—[from ] n. the root of Andropogon Muricatus, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

22) [v.s. ...] mfn. making the mind inactive or indifferent, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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

Laya (लय):—(yaḥ) 1. m. Equal time in music and dancing; embracing; a house; sport. n. Loss; fusion.

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

Laya (लय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Laya.

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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

Laya (लय) [Also spelled lay]:—(nf) rhythm; concord; cadence, melody, tune; fusion, merging; disappearance; destruction, annihilation (of the world); ~[baddha] rhythmic, attuned; —[meṃ] in a rhythmic fashion; measured in tune; ~[hīna] rhythmless; •[karanā] to attune; to mould in a rhythm; —[honā] to be merged; to disappear; to be annihilated.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Laya (लय) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Laya.

2) Laya (लय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Laya.

3) Layā (लया) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Latā.

4) Lāya (लाय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Lāga.

5) Lāya (लाय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Lāva.

6) Lāya (लाय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Lāta.

7) Lāya (लाय) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Lāja.

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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

Laya (ಲಯ):—

1) [noun] the act of sticking or clinging to or fact of being so.

2) [noun] a crouching or huddling up (from fear or cold); a cowering.

3) [noun] the state of being destructed completely; destruction; ruin.

4) [noun] the Great Deluge; the dissolution of the universe.

5) [noun] the condition of being occupied with or absorbed completely in (something); total absorption.

6) [noun] a shelter that offers protction.

7) [noun] a lying on the ground, mat, bed, etc. stretching the body.

8) [noun] a rhythmical movement.

9) [noun] (mus.) the time that a unit of tāḷa (time) takes.

10) [noun] (pros.) the rhythm that is followed in versification (sometimes even in prose writing also).

11) [noun] the fact of the physical and mental faculties becoming one as to result in complete absorption.

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Lāya (ಲಾಯ):—[noun] a building in which horses are sheltered and fed; a stable.

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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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