Ninda, aka: Nindā; 7 Definition(s)


Ninda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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


Nindā (निन्दा).—One of the ten lakṣaṇas of a Brāhmaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 134.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Nindā (निन्दा, “simile of censure”) refers to one of the five kinds of upamā, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 17. Upamā (‘simile’) is one of the four “figures of speech” (alaṃkāra), used when composing dramatic compositions (kāvya).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism


Nindā, (f.) (cp. Sk. nindā, to nindati) blame, reproach, fault-finding, fault, disgrace S. III, 73; A. II, 188; IV, 157 sq.; M. I, 362; Sn. 213 (+pasaṃsā blame & praise); Dh. 81 (id.); Sn. 826, 895, 928; Dh. 143, 309; Nd1 165, 306, 384; DhA. II, 148.—In compn nindi° see anindi°. (Page 359)

(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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

Nindā (निन्दा, “blame”) refers to one of the “eight worldly conditions” (lokadharma) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 61). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., nindā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Nindā (निन्दा, “remorse”) refers to an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the guṇa heading, according to various Jain authors (eg., Cāmuṇḍarāya, Amitagati and Vasunandin). Nindā is the remorse felt by a pious man when for the sake of wife or son or brother or friend he has committed some act inspired by passion or hate (Amitagati’s Śrāvakācāra verse 2.74).

(Source): Jaina Yoga
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

nindā (निंदा).—f (S) Reproaching, censuring, accusing: also reviling or abusing. nindāparastuti or nindāphalakastutivākya Ironical praise, irony.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nindā (निंदा).—f Reproaching, reviling or abusing.

(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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