Nikhila: 19 definitions
Nikhila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Nikhil.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Nikhila (निखिल) refers to “entire (universe)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.24 (“Śiva consents to marry Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Śiva: “[...] For attaining you Śivā is born of mountain Himācala. The demon’s death can be at the hands of your son alone begotten of her. This is the boon granted to him by Brahmā. Incapable of being killed by others, the demon harasses the entire universe [i.e., nikhila-jagat]. At the instance of Nārada, she is performing a great penance. All the three worlds consisting of the mobile and immobile beings have been enveloped by her refulgence. [...]”.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Nikhila (निखिल) refers to the “entire (universe)”, according to Tantrālokaviveka commentary on the Tantrāloka verses 4.228ab.—Accordingly, “[‘As regards the Yogin, moreover, that purity exists with respect to (all) entities’].—Indeed, the majority of bound souls do not perceive even (Śaiva) mantras as having Śiva-nature, and therefore they suppose them to be impure, since they fail (even) to perform their own duties (in employing these mantras). But, as for the Yogin, he perceives (everything,) beginning with the earth, as having that [Śiva-nature]. Therefore, (he perceives that) all of them without exception are completely pure. Indeed, this alone is the very nature of the Yogin as a Yogin, that he perceives this entire universe (nikhila—yat nikhilam idaṃ viśvaṃ) as possessed of Śiva-nature. This is definitive”.
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.
Yoga (school of philosophy)
Nikhila (निखिल) refers to “all” (i.e., ‘all of the Gods’), according to the 17th-century Yogacintāmaṇi by Śivānandasarasvatī, a text dealing with Haṭhayoga consisting of 3423 verses.—Accordingly, “Having bowed to Śrīvyāsa, the ascetic Śaṅkara, the teacher of the world, [my] teacher Śrīrāmacandra, whose lotus feet are intense bliss, and all (nikhila) of the gods of yogins, the ascetic Śivānanda has written clearly the great Yogacintāmaṇi, which had fallen into an ocean of various texts and has the power to explain everything”.
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).
Languages of India and abroad
nikhila : (adj.) all; entire; whole.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Nikhila, (adj.) (Sk. nikhila cp. khila) all, entire, whole Dāvs. V, 40 (°loka v. l. sakala°). (Page 354)
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.
nikhila (निखिल).—a S All or the whole. With reference to number or to quantity,Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
nikhila (निखिल).—a All or the whole.
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.
Nikhila (निखिल).—a. [nivṛttaṃ khilaṃ śeṣo yasmāt] Complete, whole, entire, all; प्रत्यक्षं ते निखिलमचिराद् भ्रातरुक्तं मया यत् (pratyakṣaṃ te nikhilamacirād bhrātaruktaṃ mayā yat) Meghadūta 96; सूर्यांशुभिर्जगदिदं निखिलार्थमेति (sūryāṃśubhirjagadidaṃ nikhilārthameti) Bil. Ch.29.
-lena ind. completely, totally; निखिलेन विचिन्वन्तौ सीतां दशरथात्मजौ (nikhilena vicinvantau sītāṃ daśarathātmajau) Rām. 3.61.2.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) All, entire, complete. E. ni negative, khila defective. nivṛttaṃ khilaṃ śeṣo yasmāt .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nikhila (निखिल).—probably for niḥkhila, i. e. nis-khila, adj. Complete, entire, all, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 8. Instr. ºlena, adv. Completely, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 41, 74.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nikhila (निखिल).—[adjective] entire, whole; [instrumental] [adverb]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nikhila (निखिल):—[=ni-khila] mf(ā)n. complete, all, whole, entire, [Upaniṣad; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Nikhila (निखिल):—[ni-khila] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. All, entire.Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
Nikhila (निखिल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇikhila, Ṇihila.
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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.
Nikhila (निखिल) [Also spelled nikhil]:—(a) all, whole, pan.
Ṇikhila (णिखिल) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Nikhila.
Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.
Nikhila (ನಿಖಿಲ):—[adjective] comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full or total; whole.
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Nikhiḷa (ನಿಖಿಳ):—[adjective] = ನಿಖಿಲ [nikhila].
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
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Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 2.8 < [Section III - Sources of Knowledge of Dharma]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
Verse 2.1.107 < [Chapter 1 - Vairāgya (renunciation)]
Verse 2.4.186 < [Chapter 4 - Vaikuṇṭha (the spiritual world)]
Verse 1.1.8 < [Chapter 1 - Bhauma (the earthly plane)]
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.3.125 < [Part 3 - Fraternal Devotion (sakhya-rasa)]
Verse 1.2.93 < [Part 2 - Devotional Service in Practice (sādhana-bhakti)]
Verse 4.4.9 < [Part 4 - Compassion (karuṇa-rasa)]
Bhajana-Rahasya (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya)
Text 17 < [Chapter 8 - Aṣṭama-yāma-sādhana (Rātri-līlā–prema-bhajana sambhoga)]
Text 6 < [Chapter 6 - Ṣaṣṭha-yāma-sādhana (Sāyaṃ-kālīya-bhajana–bhāva)]
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 2.6.74 < [Chapter 6 - The Lord’s Meeting with Advaita Ācārya]
Verse 1.11.57 < [Chapter 11 - Meeting with Śrī Īśvara Purī]
Verse 1.2.84 < [Chapter 2 - The Lord’s Appearance]
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 596-598 < [Chapter 10 - The Examination of the First Category—‘Substance’]
Verse 3247-3263 < [Chapter 26 - Examination of the ‘Person of Super-normal Vision’]