Paspasha, Paspaśā, Paspaśa: 7 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Paspaśā and Paspaśa can be transliterated into English as Paspasa or Paspasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Paspaśā (पस्पशा).—Called also पस्पशाह्निक (paspaśāhnika); name given to the first or introductory chapter (आह्निक (āhnika)) of the Maahabhaasya of Patanjali. The word occurs first in the SiSupaalavadha of Maagha. The word is derived from पस्पश् (paspaś), the frequentative base of स्पर्श (sparśa) to touch or to see (ancient use). Possibly it may be explained as derived from स्पश् (spaś) with अप (apa); cf . शब्द-बिद्येव नो भाति राजनीतिरपस्पशा (śabda-bidyeva no bhāti rājanītirapaspaśā) Sis.II.112. Mallinatha has understood the word पस्पश (paspaśa) m. and explained it as introduction to a Saastra treatise; cf. पस्पशः शास्त्रारम्भसमर्थक उपेद्वातसंदर्भग्रन्थः । (paspaśaḥ śāstrārambhasamarthaka upedvātasaṃdarbhagranthaḥ |) Mallinaatha on SiS. II.112.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paspaśa (पस्पश).—

1) Name of the first Āhnika of the first chapter of Patañjali's Mahābhāṣya; शब्दविद्येव नो भाति राजनीति- रपस्पशा (śabdavidyeva no bhāti rājanīti- rapaspaśā) Śiśupālavadha 2.112 (where apaspaśa also means 'without spies').

2) (Fig.) An introductory chapter in general (upodghāta).

-śāḥ Name of the introduction of the Mahābhāṣya.

Derivable forms: paspaśaḥ (पस्पशः).

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

Paspaśa (पस्पश).—m.

(-śaḥ) Name of the 1st Ahnika of the first chapter of Patanjalis Mahabhasya; (hence) An introductory chapter generally.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Paspaśā (पस्पशा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the introduction of the Mahābhāṣya by Patañjali. Quoted in Mādhavīyadhātuvṛtti, and alluded to by Māgha 2, 112. Paspaśāhnika. Oppert. Ii, 9477.

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

1) Paspaśa (पस्पश):—m. (√spaś) an introduction, preface, any introductory matter explanatory of the plan of a book, [Śiśupāla-vadha ii, 112 [Scholiast or Commentator]]

2) Paspaśā (पस्पशा):—[from paspaśa] f. Name of the introduction of the Mahā-bhāṣya of Patañ-jali

3) Paspaśa (पस्पश):—mfn. = niḥ-sāra, [Kāvyaprakāśa [Scholiast or Commentator]]

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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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