Recaka; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

Recaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Rechaka.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Recaka (रेचक) is another name (synonym) for Kampillaka, which is the Sanskrit word for Mallotus philippensis (kamala tree), a plant from the Cleomaceae family. This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 13.99), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Recaka (रेचक) refers to “exhaling” (of breath). It is one of the three types of ‘breath-suspension’ techniques, also known as prāṇāyāma. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 6.70)

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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Recaka (रेचक) refers to ‘moving a limb round’ or ‘drawing up’ or its ‘movement of any kind’ separately, etc. Among the recakas

  1. the first is that of the foot (pādarecaka),
  2. the second is that of the waist (kaṭirecaka),
  3. the third is that of the hand (hastarecaka)
  4. and the fourth is that of the neck (grīvārecaka).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Recaka (रेचक, “breathing out”) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the three major breaths on which prāṇāyāma is built.

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Recaka (रेचक).—The state of equilibrium attained by offering the exhaled breath into the inhaled breath.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

rēcaka (रेचक).—n (S) A cathartic medicine. 2 m Liberation of the breath suspended during the exercises called kumbhaka, pūraka &c.

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rēcaka (रेचक).—a (S) Purgative or aperient.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rēcaka (रेचक).—n A cathartic medicine. Purgative.

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

Recaka (रेचक).—a. (-cikā f.) [रेचयति रिच्-णिच् ण्वुल् (recayati ric-ṇic ṇvul)]

1) Emptying, purging.

2) Purgative, aperient.

3) Emptying the lungs, emitting the breath.

-kaḥ 1 Emission of breath, breathing out; exhalation, especially through one of the nostrils (opp. pūraka which means 'inhaling breath', and kumbhaka 'suspending breath'); प्राणापानौ संनिरुन्ध्यात् पूरकुम्भकरेचकैः (prāṇāpānau saṃnirundhyāt pūrakumbhakarecakaiḥ) Bhāg.7.15.32.

2) A syringe; सिच्यगानोऽच्युतस्ताभिर्हसन्तीभिः स्म रेचकैः (sicyagāno'cyutastābhirhasantībhiḥ sma recakaiḥ) Bhāg.1.9.9.

3) Nitre, salt-petre.

-kam A purgative, cathartic.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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Katirecaka
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Hastarecaka
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Grivarecaka
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Padarecaka
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