Sacaracara, Sacarācara, Sacacara: 11 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Sacharachara.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Sacarācara (सचराचर) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Asitāṅga, who is a form of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (e.g., Asitāṅga) has a further eight sub-manifestations (e.g., Sacarācara), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.

When depicting Sacarācara according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Asitāṅga) with golden complexion and having good looking limbs; he should carry the triśūla, the ḍamaru, the pāśa and the khaḍga. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sacaracara in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Sacarācara (सचराचर) refers to “whatever is moving and motionless”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] The mind alone is the cause of people’s liberation and bondage. The mind which clings to sense objects [leads] to bondage, and the mind which is free from sense objects, to liberation. All this, whatever is moving and motionless (sacarācara), is [just] a visible object of the mind. For, when the mind has become free of the mind, [Yogins] call it the state of non-duality. [...]”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sacaracara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sacarācara (सचराचर) refers to “including the mobile and immobile beings”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.17 (“The fight between Viṣṇu and Jalandhara”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Jalandhara: “[...] O great Asura, I am delighted by this fight with you. You are really great. A hero like you has not been seen in the three worlds including the mobile and immobile beings (sacarācara). O lord of Asuras, choose a boon. I am pleased at your valour. I shall give you anything even that which cannot be given, whatever is in your mind”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sacaracara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sacarācara (सचराचर).—a. Comprehending everything; ततो दुर्गं च राष्ट्रं च लोकं च सचराचरम् (tato durgaṃ ca rāṣṭraṃ ca lokaṃ ca sacarācaram) Manusmṛti 7.29.

-ram The universe.

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

Sacarācara (सचराचर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) All whether animate or inanimate. E. sa with cara moving, acara stationary.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sacarācara (सचराचर).—[adjective] together with movable and immovable things, [neuter] [adverb]

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

1) Sacarācara (सचराचर):—[=sa-carācara] [from sa > sa-cakita] mfn. comprehending everything moving and motionless, [Manu-smṛti vii, 29]

2) [v.s. ...] n. the universe, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sacarācara (सचराचर):—[(raḥ-rā-raṃ) a.] Animate and inanimate.

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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»] — Sacaracara in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sacarācara (सचराचर) [Also spelled sachrachar]:—(a) with animates and inanimates; all; (nm) the whole world; —[jagata] the entire world.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sacaracara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sacācara (ಸಚಾಚರ):—[adjective] inclusive of both stationary and movable things or objects.

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Sacācara (ಸಚಾಚರ):—[noun] (pl.) all the things of this phenomenal world whether moving (as animals, wind, stream, etc.) or stationary (as mountin, etc.).

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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»] — Sacaracara in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Sacarācara (सचराचर):—adj. including all moving and motionless things; universal; n. all animate and inanimate things; the whole world;

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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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