Retas; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Retas (रेतस्):—Sanskrit word for ‘semen’. It is associated with Tattva, which is the seventh seat of the Svādhiṣṭhāna-chakra, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

1) Retas (रेतस्):—(a) The semen of the legitimate husband, or (b) the husband himself, or (c) the secretions of the mother herself. [In the case of (c) the word is in the accusative case]. (According to Medhātithi)

2) Retas (रेतस्):—Secretions of the mother on her sexual desires being aroused. (According to Kullūka, Govindarāja, Rāghavānanda, Nārāyaṇa and Nandana.)

(Also see the Manubhāṣya, verse 9.20)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Retas (रेतस्).—[rī-asun tuṭ ca Uṇ.4.29.]

1) Semen virile, seed.

2) Ved. A flow, current.

3) Progeny, offspring.

4) Quicksilver.

5) Sin. (mostly Ved. in the last sense.).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Retas (रेतस्).—n.

(-taḥ) 1. The seminal fluid. 2. Quicksilver. E. to ooze, Unadi aff. asun, tuṭ aug.

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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