Nityananda, Nityānanda, Nitya-ananda: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nityananda in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द) refers to “whose form is eternal bliss”, and represents an epithet of Śiva used in Sandhyā’s eulogy of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.6. Accordingly:—“[...] Directly perceiving the lord of Durgā she [viz., Sandhyā] eulogised the lord of the worlds: [...] Obeisance to Thee whose form is solitary, pure, luminous, free from illusion, knowledge-cum-bliss, naturally undecaying, eternal bliss (nityānanda), delighted at the outcome of truth and prosperity and productive of glory”.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: Bhismacaritam a critical study (kavya)

Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द) or Nityānandacarita is the name of a Carita-Kāvya type of Mahākāvya (‘epic poem’).—These carita-kāvyas play an important role in the field of Sanskrit language as biography is a significant sector of any literature. They mainly form a part of biographical literature. [...] The Nityānanda-carita was written Medhavrat Shastri.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Nityananda in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द) refers to “eternal bliss”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Kumārī said: “[...] I am the Vaiṣṇavī and the power that is the cause of the universe’s persistence. (I am) Vaiṣṇavī, the five-fold energy; (I am) Viṣṇu’s essential nature (ātman) and the deity. [...] Vaiṣṇavī is said to be Nature (prakṛti). The bliss of consciousness belongs to Viṣṇu. The Bhaga is Viṣṇu. The supreme will which is made of Viṣṇu is Kula. Viṣṇu is eternal bliss [i.e., nityānanda]. Viṣṇu is the energy of Kuṇḍalinī. All that is made of energy belongs to Viṣṇu. The energy Vaiṣṇavī is the deity. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Nityananda in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द) refers to “eternal bliss”, according to the according to the Amaraughaprabodha (6): a short 13th century treatise on Yoga attributed to Gorakṣanātha which teaches the fourfold system of yoga (Mantra, Laya, Haṭha and Rāja).—Accordingly, “That which causes the gains of the six acts [of magic] does not manifest through Mantra; the mind does not become immersed in the [space between] the eyebrows, [the tip of] the nose and so on, by some method †[like an insect]†; and the Yogins’ breath does not go into the base [of the spine] because of various practices, without the respected Rājayoga, which is an abode of splendour full of eternal bliss (nityānanda)”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nityananda in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nityānanda (नित्यानंद).—a (S Poetry.) Ever joyful or happy; possessing never-ending joy. Ex. parabrahma taṃva ni0 || mhaṇōnī nāhīṃ duḥkhasambandha ||.

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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

[«previous next»] — Nityananda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the coadjutor of Caitanya, father of Gaṅgādevī. L. 1623. 1628.

2) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—father of Atisukha, father of Viṣṇumiśra, father of Kṛṣṇamiśra (Śrāddhakāśikā). L. 1738. Bp. 25.

3) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—Advaitatattvadīpa. Burnell. 93^a.

4) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—Kramadīpikā [tantric] NW. 194. Tantraleśa [tantric] NW. 190. Np. Iii, 30. Siddhasiddhāntapaddhati, yoga. NW. 414. Sundarīpūjāratna [tantric] K. 54.

5) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—usually called nityānandāśrama pupil of Puruṣottamāśrama: Mitākṣarā Chāndogyopaniṣaṭṭīkā. Mitākṣarā Bṛhadāraṇyakaṭīkā. Śikṣāpattrī and—[commentary], vedānta. B. 4, 98. Ṣaṭkarmavyākhyānacintāmaṇi, [dharma] L. 1050. He quotes Guṇaviṣṇu.

6) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—Rasaratnasamuccaya med. Oppert. Ii, 6595. See Nityanātha.

7) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—son of Devadatta: Iṣṭakālaśodhana jy. NW. 546. Niṣekavicāra. NW. 528. Siddhāntarāja. Np. V, 202. Peters. 2, 110. 195.

8) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—guru of Vālmīki (Jātakavarṣapaddhati).

9) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—author of Tārākalpalatā. See Nārāyaṇa Bhaṭṭa.

10) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—usually called nityānandāśrama pupil of Purushottamāśrama: Brahmasūtravṛtti Nyāyasaṃgraha.

11) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—
—[commentary] on the Devīmahimnaḥstotra of Durvāsas.

12) Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—son of Devadatta, son of Nārāyaṇa, son of Lakṣmaṇa: Siddhāntarāja jy. composed in 1640. Siddhāntasindhu jy. composed in 1629.

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

Nityānanda (नित्यानन्द):—[from nitya] m. ‘eternal happiness’, Name of sub voce authors (also -nātha, -manobhirāma, -rāma, -śarman, dānucara and dāśrama)

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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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