Pishuna, aka: Piśuna, Pisuṇa, Pisuna; 9 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Piśuna can be transliterated into English as Pisuna or Pishuna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Piśuna (पिशुन) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “back-biter” (slanderous, calumnious, treacherous etc.). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.214)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Piśuna (पिशुन).—One of the seven sons of Kauśika.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 20. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Piśuna (पिशुन) refers to “one who is wicked”, representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He should not hate the Ācārya, Putraka and others, be a servant of others, a glutton, attendant, prone to disasters, wicked (piśuna) or afflicted with disease. [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., piśuna), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., piśuna) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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pisuṇa : (nt.) slander; malicious speech.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Pisuṇa, (adj.) (Vedic piśuṇa, see etym. under pisāca) backbiting, calumnious, malicious M. III, 33, 49; J. I, 297; Pug. 57; PvA. 15, 16. Usually combd with vācā malicious speech, slander, pisuṇavācā and pisuṇāvācā D. I, 4, 138; III, 70 sq. , 171, 232, 269; M. I, 362; III, 23; adj. pisuṇāvāca & M. III, 22, 48; S. II, 167; Pug. 39.—Cp. pesuna. (Page 461)

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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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piśuna (पिशुन).—a S Slanderous or calumnious.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

piśuna (पिशुन).—a Slanderous or calumnious.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piśuna (पिशुन).—a. [piś-unac kicca; Uṇ.3.55]

1) (a) Indicating, manifesting, evincing, displaying, indicative of; शत्रूनामनिशं विनाशपिशुनः (śatrūnāmaniśaṃ vināśapiśunaḥ) Śi.1.75; तुल्यानुरागपिशुनम् (tulyānurāgapiśunam) V.2.14; R.1.53; Amaru.97. (b) Memorable for, commemorating; क्षेत्रं क्षत्रप्रधनपिशुनं कौरवं तद् भजेथाः (kṣetraṃ kṣatrapradhanapiśunaṃ kauravaṃ tad bhajethāḥ) Me.48.

2) Slanderous, back-biting, calumniating; पिशुनजनं खलु बिभ्रति क्षितीन्द्राः (piśunajanaṃ khalu bibhrati kṣitīndrāḥ) Bv.1.74.

3) Betraying, treacherous.

4) Harsh, cruel, unkind.

5) Wicked, malicious; malignant.

6) Low, vile, contemptible; of a wicked person; पिशुनं भोजनं भुङ्क्ते ब्रह्महत्यासमं विदुः (piśunaṃ bhojanaṃ bhuṅkte brahmahatyāsamaṃ viduḥ) Mb.13.136.16.

7) Foolish, stupid.

-naḥ 1 A slanderer, back-biter, tale-bearer, base informer, traitor, calumniator; वरं प्राणत्यागो न च पिशुन- वाक्येष्वभिरुचिः (varaṃ prāṇatyāgo na ca piśuna- vākyeṣvabhiruciḥ); H.1.116; Pt.1.34; Ms.3.161; पिशुनता यद्यस्ति किं पातकैः (piśunatā yadyasti kiṃ pātakaiḥ) Bh.1.55.

2) Cotton.

3) An epithet of Nārada.

4) A crow.

5) Name of a goblin (said to be dangerous to pregnant women).

6) Name of a writer on अर्थशास्त्र (arthaśāstra) mentioned by Kauṭilya in connection with राज- पुत्ररक्षण (rāja- putrarakṣaṇa); Kau. A.1.17.

-nam 1 Betraying.

2) Saffron.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piśuna (पिशुन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) 1. Cruel, wicked. 2. Vile, low, contemptible. 3. Stupid, a fool. n.

(-naṃ) Saffron. m.

(-naḥ) 1. A spy, an informer, a tale-bearer, a slanderer, a traitor. 2. A name of Narada. 3. A crow. 4. Cotton. f.

(-nā) A gramineous plant, “piḍiṅśāka” (Trigonella corniculata.) 2. Indicating, making known, evincing. 3. Calumniating, back-biting. 4. unkind. E. piś to be a part, unan Unadi aff., and the vowel unchanged.

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