Prasarini, Prasāriṇī: 7 definitions



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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी):—One of the sixty-seven Mahauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs are useful for processing mercury (rasa), such as the alchemical processes known as sūta-bandhana and māraṇa.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi

Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी) refers to one of the twenty-two quarters tones (śruti) existing within an octave, according to the Saṅgīta-ratnākara (“ocean of music and dance”). This work is an important Sanskrit treatise dealing with ancient Indian musicology (gāndharva-śāstra), composed by Śārṅgadeva in the 13th century and deals with both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Prasāriṇī has a frequency of 327.0319Hz. It is also known as Prasāraṇī.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Prasarini in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Merremia tridentata (Linn.) Hallier f. ssp. tridentata” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning prasāriṇī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

1) Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant possibly identified with Paederia foetida Linn. or “skunkvine” from the Rubiaceae or “coffee” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.36-38 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Prasāriṇī can be identified as either 1) Leptadenia spartium Weight. (synonym of  Leptadenia pyrotechnica), 2) Paederia foetida Linn., 3) Merremia tridentata Hallier f., 4) Sida veronicaefolia Lam.

Prasāriṇī is mentioned as having fourteen synonyms: Suprasarā, Sāriṇī, Saraṇī, Sarā, Cāruparṇī, Rājabalā, Bhadraparṇī, Pratānikā, Prabalā, Rājaparṇī, Balyā, Bhadrabalā, Candravallī and Prabhadrā.

Properties and characteristics: “Prasāriṇī is heavy (gurū), hot (uṣṇa), bitter (tikta), and alleviates vāta. It is indicated in piles and oedema and relieves constipation due to sluggish or impaired peristaltic movements i.e. viṣṭambha (laxative)”.

2) Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी) is also mentioned as synonym for Lajjālu, a medicinal plant identified with Mimosa pudica Linn. or “sensitive plant” from the Fabaceae or “legume” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.103-106. Together with the names Prasāriṇī and Lajjālu, there are a total of twenty-two Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी).—Surrounding an enemy.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Tattvacintāmaṇidīdhitiṭīkā by Kṛṣṇadāsa.

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

1) Prasāriṇī (प्रसारिणी):—[=pra-sāriṇī] [from pra-sārin > pra-sara > pra-sṛ] f. (in music), Name of a Sruti, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

2) [v.s. ...] Paederia Foetida, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

3) [v.s. ...] Mimosa Pudica, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

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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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