Mast: 4 definitions

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Mast means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

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In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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

The Mast (of a ship) is denoted by the Sanskrit term Stambha, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] As long as the highest reality is not known, the mind is unrestrainable. However, when the highest reality is known, the mind becomes [still] like a crow [perched] on the mast (stambha) of a ship. [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

The Mast (of boats and ships) were subjected to certain preparatory rituals performed before Sea-voyages in ancient India (known in Prakrit as: jattā, or Sanskrit: yātrā), and was vividly depicted in the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—Details of preparation for sea-voyage are given which include the following items relating to preparatory ritual and the equipment of the ship: [e.g., raising of the mast;] [...]. When the ship was to take off auspicious musical instruments were sounded, conch-shells were blown, auspicious songs were sung, [...].

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Mast in Hindi refers in English to:—(a) intoxicated; intoxicated by passion; carefree, wanton; sexually excited; radiant with joy, in a lively frolic; ~[maula] a lively and carefree person; ~[rama] see ~[maula]..—mast (मस्त) is alternatively transliterated as Masta.

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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Mast is another spelling for मस्त [masta].—adj. 1. carefree; unworried; contented; delighted; 2. intoxicated; drunk; 3. lost in joy and pride; 4. overflowing with youth;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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