Rajoguna, Rajas-guna, Rajoguṇa: 10 definitions

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Rajoguna means something in 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Rajogun.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण) refers to “mode of passion”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण) refers to the “quality of rajas”, according to Mukunda’s Saṃvartārthaprakāśa.—Accordingly, [while describing the three currents of teachers]: “(1) Divyaugha: One should think of the essential nature of the teachers belonging to the Divine Current as the quality of sattva, as the worlds of the Sun and Fire etc. and as possessing the nature of deity. (2) Mānavaugha: One should contemplate the essential nature of the teachers belonging to the Current of Men as the quality of rajas [e.g., rajoguṇa], as the Moon and Water etc and as possessing a human nature. (3) Siddhaugha: One should recollect the essential nature of the teachers belonging to the Current of Siddhas as the quality of tamas, as darkness, Space and the Air etc and possessing a supernatural being’s nature”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rajoguna in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण) refers to “one who assumes Rajas-Guṇa”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.6 (“Prayer to Śiva”).—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogized Śiva: “Obeisance to you, the soul of all, obeisance to Śiva the remover of distress, [...]. You alone are the creator, sustainer and the annihilator of the worlds. Assuming the Guṇas of Rajas (rajoguṇa), Sattva, and Tamas you are Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva [brahmā viṣṇurharo bhūtvā rajassattvatamoguṇaiḥ]. In this universe, you enable people to cross the ocean of Existence. You are the undecaying lord of all. You are the granter of boons. You are the subject and not the object of speech and contents. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rajōguṇa (रजोगुण).—m (S) The second of the three properties of the creature, PASSION. To this are ascribed sensual desire, worldly coveting, pride, falsehood, and pain. See under guṇa.

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

rajōguṇa (रजोगुण).—m The second of the three pro- perties of the creature, Passion.

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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

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण).—see (7) above.

Derivable forms: rajoguṇaḥ (रजोगुणः).

Rajoguṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rajas and guṇa (गुण).

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

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण).—m.

(-ṇaḥ) The second condition of humanity: see rajas .

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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

[«previous next»] — Rajoguna in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण) [Also spelled rajogun]:—(nm) one of the three attributes of nature which manifests itself in luxuriousness, merry-making, exhibitionism and such other attitudes.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Rajōguṇa (ರಜೋಗುಣ):—[noun] any of the qualities as dynamism, vigour, impetuousness, etc. lacking wisdom, (as the second of the three

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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

[«previous next»] — Rajoguna in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Rajoguṇa (रजोगुण):—n. the quality of passion; the second of three of natural qualities of creatures;

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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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