Manastattva, Manas-tattva: 5 definitions


Manastattva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Manastattva in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Manastattva (मनस्तत्त्व, “mind, thought, attention”):—One of the Thirty-six Tattvas, according to Śaiva doctrine. This is the sixteenth or twenty-first tattva (when counting in reverse). These primary principles (tattva) represent the different manifestations of Brahman (universal consciousness) which together form the basis of our experiences. The Manas-tattva forms part of the group of twenty-four Aśuddha-tattvas, which together constitue the realm of Aśuddha-māyā.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Manastattva in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Manastattva (मनस्तत्त्व) refers to the “element of mind”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] Now, I will teach knowledge for the liberation of those people who have conquered their passion. [...] The element earth is first, water second, fire third, air fourth, ether fifth and mind (manastattva) is said to be the sixth [tattvaṃ manaḥ ṣaṣṭham]. The seventh is the highest reality: he who knows it, is liberated. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Manastattva in Hinduism glossary
Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

Manas-Tattva: The Lower Mind (as opposed to the Intellect or Higher Mind) whereby the Soul selects sense perceptions out of the general sense data, builds them into intelligible images, names and classifies them and presents them to the higher levels of the mind for further processing.

Source: Nadalila: 36 Tattva

Mind (manas): thought, attention, sense-process.

Languages of India and abroad

Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Manastattva in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Manastattva (मनस्तत्त्व):—(nm) the psyche, psychic element.

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