Mritasamjivana, Mṛtasaṃjīvana, Mrita-samjivana: 7 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Mṛtasaṃjīvana can be transliterated into English as Mrtasamjivana or Mritasamjivana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Mṛtasañjīvana (मृतसञ्जीवन) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., mṛta-sañjīvana-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Mṛtasaṃjīvana (मृतसंजीवन) refers to “reviving the dead” and represents one of the various siddhis (perfections) mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.11-13. Accordingly, “by excellent Sādhakas (tantric practitioners) wishing the Siddhi (e.g., mṛta-saṃjīvana), the mantrasādhana should be performed in advance, for the sake of the Siddhi. One would not attain any Siddhi without the means of mantra-vidhāna (the classification of mantra)”.

Source: Chapter Nineteen of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Mṛtasaṃjīvana (मृतसंजीवन) or Mṛtasaṃjīvinī as mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra is a kind of medical treatment. It does not have any relationship with the yoga by which a practitioner controls jñāna (consciousness) or prāṇa (vital breath). Instead, it is a treatment for people who are in a state of suspended animation due to a fatal snakebite or other pathological conditions. It is said that, by applying a kind of sternutatory to the corpse, the dead are immediately brought back to life.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mṛtasaṃjīvana (मृतसंजीवन).—a. reviving the dead.

-nam, -nī the revival of a dead person.

- a charm for reviving the dead.

Mṛtasaṃjīvana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mṛta and saṃjīvana (संजीवन).

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

Mṛtasaṃjīvana (मृतसंजीवन).—[adjective] reviving the dead.

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

1) Mṛtasaṃjīvana (मृतसंजीवन):—[=mṛta-saṃjīvana] [from mṛta > mṛ] mfn. reviving the dead, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [=mṛta-saṃjīvana] [from mṛta > mṛ] n. revival of a d° person or bringing the d° to life, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

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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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