Nita, Nīta: 17 definitions


Nita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Nita was a brahmin of Savatthi and joined the Order, believing that there he would find pleasure and comfort. He was lazy and indolent, but the Buddha, discerning his antecedents, admonished him, and Nita, developing insight, became an arahant. [...] In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he was a brahmin teacher named Sunanda. [...] One day, as he prepared a Vajapeyya sacrifice, the Buddha visited him and walked through the air above him. Sunanda threw flowers in the sky, and they formed a canopy over the whole town.

He became king thirty five times under the name of Abbhasa (v.l. Ambaramsa). Thag.vs.84; ThagA.i.180f. [...] He is probably identical with Puppachadaniya of the Apadana. Ap.i.166.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Nīta (नीत) refers to “explicit (meaning)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “What then, the son of good family, is memory (dhāraṇī)? [...] (9) knowledge of the entrance into understanding the scripture of explicit meaning (nīta-artha-sūtra); (10) knowledge of the entrance into understanding the scripture of implicit meaning; (11) knowledge of the teaching on the imperishable concealed truth; [...]

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Nīta (नीत) refers to “(being) led” (by the king of time), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “This world totters to the limit of the world of Brahmā with the fear of the beginning of a frown, and mountains immediately fall asunder by force of [the fact that] the earth is overcome by the weight of the heavy feet, of those heroes who are all led to death by the king of time (nītakālarājena sarve nītā vārtāvaśeṣaṃ) in [the space of] some days. Nevertheless, desire is intense only in a living being who is bereft of sense”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nīta : (pp. of neti) carried; guided; inferred; led by.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nīta, (pp.) (pp. of neti) led, guided; ascertained, inferred A. I, 60 (°attha); J. I, 262; II, 215 (kāma°); Nett 21 (°attha, natural meaning, i.e. the primarily inferred sense, opp. neyyattha); Sdhp. 366 (dun°). Cp. vi°. (Page 375)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nita (नित).—a & ad Properly nitya.

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nīṭa (नीट).—a (nīti) Straight, direct, not crooked. 2 fig. Right, proper, fit, suitable--things, actions.

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nīta (नीत).—a S Correct, well-behaved, moral, just. 2 p S Taken away, removed.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nīṭa (नीट).—a Straight, direct. Right, proper.

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nīta (नीत).—a Correct, well-behaved. Taken away, removed.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nīta (नीत).—p. p. [nī-karmaṇi kta]

1) Carried, conducted, led.

2) Gained, obtained.

3) Brought or reduced to

4) Spent, passed away; नीतं जन्म नवीननीरजवने पीतं मधु स्वेच्छया (nītaṃ janma navīnanīrajavane pītaṃ madhu svecchayā) Bhramarāṣṭākam

5) Well-behaved, correct; see नी ().

-tam 1 Wealth

2) Corn, grain.

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

Nīta (नीत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Well behaved, correct, modest. 2. Gained, obtained. 3. Led, conducted. n.

(-taṃ) 1. Wealth. 2. Corn, grain. E. to get &c. aff. kta.

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

1) Nīta (नीत):—[from ] 1. nīta mfn. (for 2. See 4. ) led, guided, brought etc., [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] gained, obtained, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] well-behaved, correct, modest, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] n. wealth, corn, grain, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] = nava-nīta, [Āpastamba-śrauta-sūtra]

6) [from ] 2. nīta mfn. entered, gone or come to (mṛtyorantikam), [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda]

7) a nīti etc. See √.

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

Nīta (नीत):—[nī-ta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) a. Taken, led; well behaved; gained. n. Wealth; corn.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Nīta (नीत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇia, Ṇīṇia, Ṇīya.

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Nita in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Nita (नित):—(adv) every day, daily; —[nita] day-by-day, every day.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Nīṭa (ನೀಟ):—

1) [adjective] measuring much from end to end in space or from beginning to end in time; not short or brief; long.

2) [adjective] measured from end to end rather than from side to side; long.

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Nīṭa (ನೀಟ):—

1) [noun] distance from end to end; length.

2) [noun] distance from the bottom to the tip; height.

3) [noun] that which is stretched out.

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Nīṭa (ನೀಟ):—[adjective] = ನೀಟು [nitu]2.

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Nīṭa (ನೀಟ):—[noun] = ನೀಟು [nitu]3.

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Nīta (ನೀತ):—

1) [adjective] guided; directed; advised.

2) [adjective] brought near or towards.

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Nīta (ನೀತ):—

1) [noun] that which is apt, fit, right or correct.

2) [noun] a small, black and round stone found in the river Gaṇḍaki, worshipped as a sacred form of Viṣṇu.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Nita (नित):—adv. always; regularly; constantly;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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