Lingasharira, Liṅgaśarīra, Linga-sharira: 11 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Liṅgaśarīra can be transliterated into English as Lingasarira or Lingasharira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर):—The subtle body

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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)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “subtle body”.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Liṅga Śarīra is the vehicle of consciousness in later Samkhya, Vedanta, and Yoga, and is propelled by past-life tendencies, or bhavas. Linga can be translated as "characteristic mark" or "impermanence" and the term Sarira (Vedanta) as "form" or "mold". Karana or "instrument" is a synonymous term. In the Classical Samkhya system of Isvarakrsna (ca. 4th century CE), the Lińga is the characteristic mark of the transmigrating entity. It consists of twenty-five tattvas from eternal consciousness down to the five organs of sense, five of activity (buddindriya or jñānendriya, and karmendriya respectively) and the five subtle elements that are the objects of sense (tanmatras) The Samkhyakarika says:

"The subtle body (linga), previously arisen, unconfined, constant, inclusive of the great one (mahat) etc , through the subtle elements, not having enjoyment, transmigrates, (because of) being endowed with bhavas ("conditions" or "dispositions")

As a picture (does) not (exist) without a support, or as a shadow (does) not (exist) without a post and so forth; so too the instrument (linga or karana) does not exist without that which is specific (i.e. a subtle body)."

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

liṅgaśarīra (लिंगशरीर).—n S More commonly liṅgadēha.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर).—the subtle frame or body; see लिङ्ग (liṅga) (13) above.

Derivable forms: liṅgaśarīram (लिङ्गशरीरम्).

Liṅgaśarīra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms liṅga and śarīra (शरीर). See also (synonyms): liṅgadeha.

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

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर).—n.

(-raṃ) One of the five sheaths that encose the soul, (in Vedanta philosophy.) Also liṅgadeha .

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

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर).—n. the primary body, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 206, 21.

Liṅgaśarīra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms liṅga and śarīra (शरीर).

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

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर).—[neuter] = liṅga (ph.).

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

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर):—[=liṅga-śarīra] [from liṅga > liṅg] n. the subtle body which accompanies the individual spirit or soul in all its transmigrations and is not destroyed by death (it is also called sūkṣma-ś q.v., and since it is the sign and accompaniment of individuality it can never perish till the individualized soul is finally merged in the Universal), [Kapila; Vedāntasāra] ([Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 53 n. 2]).

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर):—n. = liṅgadeha [Colebrooke I, 245. 372. 418.] [Vedānta lecture No. 44.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Liṅgaśarīra (लिङ्गशरीर):—n. = liṅga

8) [The Sankhya Philosophy 6,69.]

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