Samsmrita, Saṃsmṛta: 7 definitions


Samsmrita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 term Saṃsmṛta can be transliterated into English as Samsmrta or Samsmrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत) refers to “(having been) remembered”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.25 (“The seven celestial sages test Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as the seven Sages said to Śiva: “O great God, lord of gods, O lord, O ocean of mercy, we have become very well blessed since we have been remembered by you now. Why have we been remembered [i.e., saṃsmṛta]? We may kindly be commanded. O lord, have pity on us as on your own slaves. Obeisance be to you”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Samsmrita in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत) refers to “(that which is) considered (to be)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Breath control is praised by mendicants, whose own opinions are well-established, for the accomplishment of meditation and for steadiness of the inner self. Therefore, it should be learned directly and before [meditation] by the wise. Otherwise, even a little mastering of the mind cannot be done. It is considered (saṃsmṛta) by the teachers of old as threefold in accordance with the difference in characteristics. There is inhalation, holding and, immediately after that, exhalation”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samsmrita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Remembered, called to mind. E. sam and smṛ to remember, kta aff.

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

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत).—[adjective] remembered, thought of, prescribed, named, called.

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

1) Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत):—[=saṃ-smṛta] [from saṃ-smṛ] mfn. remembered, recollected, called to the mind, [Harivaṃśa; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] prescribed, enjoined, [Harivaṃśa]

3) [v.s. ...] called, named, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

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

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत):—[saṃ-smṛta] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) p. Remembered.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Saṃsmṛta (संस्मृत) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Saṃbharia, Saṃbhāria, Samharia.

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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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