Malayana, Malāyana, Mala-ayana: 3 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Malāyana (मलायन) refers to the “secretory path”, and is mentioned in verse 2.30 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “one shall follow a middle course in all (religious and profane) matters.—One’s hair, nails, and beard (shall be) short, one’s feet and secretory paths [viz., malāyana] not dirty”.

Note: Malāyana (“secretory path”) has been translated by sgo (“aperture”), of which dgu (“nine”) are distinguished. These fall into two groups, seven of the head and two of the abdomen (I.11.36), and comprise the two nostrils, the two ears, the two eyes, the anus, the mouth, and the urethra (II.3.40); women have got three more, the two breasts and the vagina (II.3.41). A slightly different classification and specification is given in connection with hemorrhages (III 3.7 sq.).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Malāyana (मलायन).—the rectum.

Derivable forms: malāyanam (मलायनम्).

Malāyana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mala and ayana (अयन).

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

1) Malāyana (मलायन):—[from mala] n. the path of the excretions id est. the rectum, [Caraka]

2) Mālāyana (मालायन):—[from māla] m. [plural] [patronymic] [Saṃskārakaustubha]

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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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