Samnyas, Saṃnyas: 3 definitions


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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃnyas (संन्यस्).—4 P.

1) To place or put down, deposit.

2) To lay down or aside, give up, abandon, quit; तेन त्वया शस्त्रं न संन्यस्तव्यम् (tena tvayā śastraṃ na saṃnyastavyam) V.5; संन्यस्तशस्त्र (saṃnyastaśastra) R.2.59; सन्यस्ताभरणं गात्रम् (sanyastābharaṇaṃ gātram) Meghadūta 95; Kumārasambhava 7.67.

3) To make or deliver over, entrust, commit to the care of; मयि सर्वाणि कर्माणि संन्यस्या- ध्यात्मचेतसा (mayi sarvāṇi karmāṇi saṃnyasyā- dhyātmacetasā) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 3.3.

4) To put together.

5) (Used intransitively) To resign the world, discard all worldly ties and attachments and become an anchorite; वेदान्तं विधिवच्छ्रुत्वा संन्यासेदनृणो द्विजः (vedāntaṃ vidhivacchrutvā saṃnyāsedanṛṇo dvijaḥ) Manusmṛti 7.94. संदृश्य क्षणभङ्गुरं तद- खिलं धन्यस्तु संन्यस्यति (saṃdṛśya kṣaṇabhaṅguraṃ tada- khilaṃ dhanyastu saṃnyasyati) Bhartṛhari 3.132.

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

Saṃnyas (संन्यस्).—(also asati) put down (together), take off; put or place on ([locative]), commit or entrust to ([locative] or [genetive]); abandon, relinquish, give up, [especially] the world, i.e. become an ascetic.

Saṃnyas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saṃni and as (अस्).

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

Saṃnyas (संन्यस्):—[=saṃ-ny-√as] [Parasmaipada] -asyati (rarely -asati), to, throw down together, place or put or lay together, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa];

—to impose, put or lay upon, intrust or commit to ([genitive case] or [locative case]), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.;

—to put or lay down, deposit, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.;

—to lay aside, give up, abandon, resign ([especially] the world id est. become an ascetic or Saṃnyāsin), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata etc.]

context information

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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