Samnyasta, Saṃnyasta: 3 definitions


Samnyasta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Saṃnyasta (संन्यस्त) refers to “depositing (one’s sight)” (towards someone), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.46 (“The arrival of the bridegroom”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] On seeing the primordial deity, the mother of the universe along with Menakā, the gods and others bowed down their heads with great devotion. The three-eyed deity saw her with the corner of an eye and was glad. On seeing the shapely body of Satī he forgot the pangs of separation. With his eyes riveted (saṃnyasta-locana) to her, he forgot everything else. Hair stood on ends all over his body, as he continued seeing her with delight. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Saṃnyasta (संन्यस्त).—p. p.

1) Laid or placed down.

2) Deposited.

3) Entrusted, consigned.

4) Laid aside, relinquished, renounced; न ह्यसंन्यस्तसंकल्पो योगी भवति कश्चन (na hyasaṃnyastasaṃkalpo yogī bhavati kaścana) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 6.2.

5) Encamped.

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

1) Saṃnyasta (संन्यस्त):—[=saṃ-nyasta] [from saṃny-as] mfn. thrown down, laid aside, relinquished, abandoned, deserted, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] encamped, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] deposited, intrusted, consigned, [ib.]

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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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