Nasa, aka: Nāsa, Nāsā, Nasha, Nasā; 10 Definition(s)


Nasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Ayurveda (science of life)

Nāsā (नासा) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to the “nose”. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Nāsā (नासा) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “nose”. It is one of the fourteen Adhyātma (pertaining to the body) mentioned in the Subālopaniṣad (fifth section). The corresponding Ādhibhūta (pertaining to the elements) is called ghrātavya (the odoriferous) and the corresponding Adhidaivata (presiding deity) is pṛthivī (the earth). Accordingly, “the nādis form their bond (or connect them). He who moves in the nose (nāsā), in the odoriferous (ghrātavya), in the earth (pṛthivī), in the nādis, in prāṇa, in vijñāna, in ānanda, in the ākāśa of the heart and within all else—That is Ātman. It is that which should be worshipped. It is without old age, death, fear, sorrow or end.”

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Nāsā (नासा) refers to the “nose”. It is one of the six minor limbs (upāṅga) used in dramatic performance, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

These are the seven gestures of the nose (nāsā):

  1. natā (clinging),
  2. mandā (at rest),
  3. vikṛṣṭā (blown),
  4. socchvāsā (drawing air),
  5. vikūṇitā (contracted),
  6. svābhāvikā (natural).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

N (Knowledge).

The progress achieved through the satipatthana enables one to realise several nasas, which are stages of knowledge (or wisdom). There are also nasas that are specific to a Buddha, while others are peculiar to an arahanta, etc.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

nāsa : (m.) ruin; destruction; death. || nāsā (f.), the nose.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Nāsa, (Sk. nāśa, see nassati) destruction, ruin, death J. I, 5, 256; Sdhp. 58, 319. Usually vi°, also adj. vināsaka. Cp. panassati. (Page 351)

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Nāsā, (f.) (Vedic nāsā (du.); Lat. nāris, Ohg. nasa, Ags. nasu) 1. the nose, Sn. 198, 608.—2. the trunk (of an elephant) J. V, 297 (nāga°-uru); Sdhp. 153.

—puṭa “nose-cup”; the outside of the nose, the nostril J. VI, 74; Vism. 195 (nāsa°), 264 (nāsa°, but KhA 67 nāsā°), 283 (nāsa°). —vāta wind, i.e. breath from the nostrils J. III, 276. (Page 351)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

naśā (नशा).—f ( A) Intoxicated state. 2 Intoxicating drugs or liquors: also intoxicating quality.

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nasa (नस).—m ( A) The ascending or descending por- tion of the colon. 2 A vein: also a sinew. 3 An instrument for paring the nails. 4 ( H) Snuff. 5 (nasya S) Anything administered medicinally through the nose, an errhine. nasa ghēṇēṃ or tōḍaṇēṃ To bleed. nasa dharaṇēṃ-dābaṇēṃ To arrest and stop (a person or business in progress); to compress the pulse of.

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nāśa (नाश).—m (S) Annihilation, destruction, ruin. 2 Damage, detriment, injury, loss. 3 In arithmetic. Elimination. nāśāprata pāvaṇēṃ To go to ruin.

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nāśā (नाशा).—a (Laxly formed from nāśa) Mischievous, destructive, that delights in injuring and spoiling.

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nāsa (नास).—m (nāśa S) Destruction or ruin: also damage, detriment, loss.

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nāsa (नास).—f ē ( H) Snuff.

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nāsā (नासा).—f S The nose. 2 The upper piece of a door-frame, lintel: opp. to śilā the threshold.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

naśā (नशा).—f Intoxicated state. Intoxicating drugs or liquors.

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nasa (नस).—m The ascending or descending portion of the colon. A vein: also a sinew. An instrument for paring the nails. Snuff. Anything administered medicinally through the nose. nasa ghēṇēṃ or tōḍaṇēṃ To bleed nasa dharaṇēṃ-dābaṇēṃ To arrest and stop.

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nāśa (नाश).—m Destruction, ruin. Damage, loss.

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nāśā (नाशा).—a Mischievous, destructive.

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nāsa (नास).—m Destruction or ruin.

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nāsa (नास).—m f Snuff.

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nāsā (नासा).—f The nose. The upper piece of a door-frame, lintel.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nasā (नसा).—The nose.

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Nāśa (नाश).—[naś-bhāve ghañ]

1) Disappearance; गता नाशं तारा उपकृतमसाधाविव जने (gatā nāśaṃ tārā upakṛtamasādhāviva jane) Mk.5.25.

2) Frustration, destruction, ruin, loss; नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति (nehābhikramanāśo'sti) Bg.2.4; R.8.88;12. 67: so वित्त°, बिद्धि° (vitta°, biddhi°) &c.

3) Death.

4) Misfortune, calamity.

5) Abandonment, desertion.

6) Flight, retreat.

7) (In arith.) Elimination.

8) Want of apprehension, non-perception (anupalambha).

Derivable forms: nāśaḥ (नाशः).

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Nāsā (नासा).—[nās-bhāve a]

1) The nose; स्फुरदधरनासापुटतया (sphuradadharanāsāpuṭatayā) U.1.29; प्राणापानौ समौ कृत्वा नासाभ्यन्तरचारिणौ (prāṇāpānau samau kṛtvā nāsābhyantaracāriṇau) Bg.5.27.

2) The trunk of an elephant.

3) The upper timber of a door.

4) A sound.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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