Nistraigunya, Nistraiguṇya, Nis-traigunya: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य) refers to “one that is free from the influence of the three Guṇas”, attributed to Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.3. Accordingly, while Dharma eulogised Śiva:—“[...] Thou art Śiva free from the influence of the three Guṇas [viz., Nistraiguṇya], the fourth Being. Thou art beyond Prakṛti. Thou art expert in various divine sports, yet without attributes and free from deformities and decays”.

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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.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य) refers to “freedom from the three modes of material nature”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous next»] — Nistraigunya in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य) or Nistraiguṇyarasa is the name of a Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fifth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 24, Maheshvara: insanity). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., nistraiguṇya-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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nistraigunya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य).—a. destitute of the three qualities (sattva, rajas and tamas); निस्त्रैगुण्यो भवार्जुन (nistraiguṇyo bhavārjuna) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.45.

Nistraiguṇya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nis and traiguṇya (त्रैगुण्य).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य).—mfn.

(-ṇyaḥ-ṇyā-ṇyaṃ) Destitute of the qualities, truth, passion, and darkness. E. nir neg. traiguṇya three qualities.

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

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य).—[adjective] exempt from the three qualities (ph.).

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

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य):—[=nis-traiguṇya] [from nis > niḥ] mfn. destitute of the three Guṇas (sattva, rajas, tamas; See gnṇa), [Bhagavad-gītā ii, 45.]

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

Nistraiguṇya (निस्त्रैगुण्य):—[ni-straiguṇya] (ṇyaḥ-ṇyā-ṇyaṃ) a. Without the qualities of truth, passion and darkness.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nistraigunya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nistraiguṇya (ನಿಸ್ತ್ರೈಗುಣ್ಯ):—[noun] a being beyond 'ತ್ರಿಗುಣ [triguna]' (see ನಿಸ್ತ್ರಿಗುಣ [nistriguna]).

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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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