Madhyasthita, Madhya-sthita: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Madhyasthita (मध्यस्थित) refers to “situated in the center”, according to Bāṇa’s Kādambarī (p. 225).—Accordingly, while describing the shire of the Goddess Caṇḍikā, “[Then the portal to the sanctum sanctorum, a riot of colour and form:] She was being illuminated by the entrance, on which there were hanging cloths reddened by lamp-smoke, a row of bracelets made of peacock-throats festooned [over it], a garland of bells closely-set and pale with powdered flour-cakes, which supported two door-panels, [studded] with tin lion heads with thick, iron pins in their centers (madhyasthita), barricaded with an ivory-rod bolt, carrying [what seemed to be] a necklace of sparkling bubbles that were mirrors oozing yellow, blue and red [light]”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Madhyasthita (मध्यस्थित) refers to “being situated in the middle (of a lotus)”, 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 10.7cd-17ab, while describing the worship of Bhairavī and Bhairava]—“[...] The Sādhaka remembers Deva, who has the form of icchā, with whatever beautiful [form of the deity the Sādhaka chooses]. [Thus, the Deva] gives [the Sādhaka] the fruits of icchāsiddhi. Any one [of the deity’s] forms bestows, any one beautiful [form] grants siddhis. [The sādhaka] may meditate [on the deity] in the middle of a lotus (padma-madhyasthita), he should worship there with the corresponding offerings [for the form of the he has chosen to visualize], such as edibles, flowers, perfume, and nectar”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Madhyasthita (मध्यस्थित).—a. central, intermediate.

Madhyasthita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms madhya and sthita (स्थित).

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

Madhyasthita (मध्यस्थित).—[adjective] being between ([genetive]); indifferent, impartial, [abstract] [feminine]

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

1) Madhyasthita (मध्यस्थित):—[=madhya-sthita] [from madhya] mfn. being in the middle, being among or between ([genitive case]), [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Madhyasthitā (मध्यस्थिता):—[=madhya-sthitā] [from madhya-sthita > madhya] f. indifference, [Mahābhārata] (cf. -stha-tā).

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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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