Sakshi, Sākṣi, Sākṣī: 5 definitions


Sakshi 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.

The Sanskrit terms Sākṣi and Sākṣī can be transliterated into English as Saksi or Sakshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Prakrti and purusa in Samkhyakarika an analytical review

Sākṣī (साक्षी, “witness”).—Sākṣī, or witness is that one, for which an object is presented. Prakrti presents her own manifestations, i.e. all the vyaktas to the puruṣa. But inspite of such presentation puruṣa remains niṣkriya (non-active) or apariṇāmi (non-modifiable). It remains indifferent to the prakṛti. So, puruṣa is witness (sākṣī).

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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sākṣi (साक्षि).—Witness; the Devas as witnesses to piṇḍadāna.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 110. 59 and 60.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

According to Śaṅkara, (this) Brahman is the immediate consciousness (sākṣi) which shines as the self, as well as through the objects of cognition which the self knows. It is thus the essence of us all, the self, and hence it remains undenied even when one tries to deny it, for even in the denial it shows itself forth. It is the self of us all and is hence ever present to us in all our cognitions.

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "All Witnessing Lord"

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sākṣī (साक्षी).—m (S sa & akṣi Eye.) An eye-witness: also a witness at law generally. 2 f witness, evidence, testimony (of deponents, documents, facts, circumstances &c.) Evidence in law is distinguished into kṛtasākṣī & akṛtasākṣī. Of kṛtasākṣī six distinctions are made; viz. likhita, smārita, yadṛcchāgata, gūḍhasākṣī, paḍasākṣī. Of akṛtasākṣī are made five distinctions; viz. gāṃva, prāḍ्vivāka, rājaniyukta, vādyānēṃ pāṭhavilēlā, and kuḷāgatīcyā vivādāviṣayīṃ kuḷāntalā. sākṣī ghālaṇēṃ To attest (a document). sākṣīniśīṃ With (attested by) evidence.

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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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