Samyama, aka: Saṃyama, Saṃyāma; 14 Definition(s)
Samyama means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Saṃyama (संयम):—Son of Dhūmrākṣa (son of Hemacandra). He had two sons named Devaja and Kṛśāśva. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2.34)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Saṃyama (संयम).—A son of the Rākṣasa called Śataśṛṅga. He was killed by Sudeva, chief of the army of Ambarīṣa. (Mahābhārata, Southern Text, Śānti Parva, Chapter 98).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Saṃyama (संयम).—The son of Dhūmrākṣasa and father of Kṛśāśva and Devaja.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 34.
1b) A Yāma deva.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 92.
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Samyama is one of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-seven combined Hands).Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
Dharmashastra (religious law)
Saṃyama (संयम) refers to the “self-restraint”. It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti and the Baudhāyana-dharmasūtra.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.
Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)
Saṃyama (संयम) refers to “self-control”. In fact, Patañjali, the author of the Yogasūtras defines Saṃyama as dhāraṇā, dhyāna and samādhi, together functioning with reference to the same object. They retain the mind at a particular object, cognition is directed to one object only and appearance of the object is only in its own form. The Pāñcarātrāgama offers its own treatment which has a significant contribution. Dhāraṇā is retaining the mind in God, dhyāna is joining the mind in God and meditating upon Him and samādhi is mere appearance of the nature of the object, (God). According to Viṣṇupurāṇa. (VI.7.86), dhāraṇā is stability of the citta In God, dhyāna is continuity of that cognition without any desire for other things (ibid. VI.7.91) and samādhi is a stage in Yogic practise in which God’s own nature is grasped without any imagined appendage (ibid. VI.7.92).Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 1
Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Samyama (from Sanskrit संयम saṃ-yama—holding together, tying up, binding). Combined simultaneous practice of Dhāraṇā (concentration), Dhyāna (meditation) & Samādhi (union). A tool to receive deeper knowledge of qualities of the object. It is a term summarizing the "catch-all" process of psychological absorption in the object of meditation.
Samyama, as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras states, engenders prajñā. Adi Yoga or Mahasandhi discusses the 'mūla prajñā' of "listening/studying, investigation/contemplation, realization/meditation" which are a transposition of the triune of Samyama. These are activated subconsciously in non-structured form (thus producing fragmented spontaneous Samyama-like effects) by any thinking activity or contemplative absorption (particularly the Catuskoti and Koan) and deep levels of trance. Any kind of intuitive thinking at its various stages of expression is strongly related to Samyama-like phenomena as well.
Samyama is practiced consistently by Yogin of certain schools (Raja Yoga, Adi Yoga e.g.). Described in Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it comprises the three upper limbs of Raja Yoga. Following Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a yogin who is victorious in samyama vanquishes all 'cognitive obscurations' (Sanskrit: klesha). The Sutras describe various 'powers' or 'perfections' (Sanskrit: siddhi) a yogin may attain through the conduit of Samyama.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
saṃyama = deep contemplation; meditationSource: Ashtanga Yoga: Yoga Sutrani Patanjali
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A king of Benares, mentioned in the Mahahamsa Jataka. Khema was his chief consort. He is identified with Sariputta. J.v.354, 382.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
General definition (in Jainism)
Saṃyama (संयम, “self-restraint”).—One of the seven sub categories of ascetics (nirgrantha-muni);—What type of ‘self-restraint’ (saṃyama) is practiced by husk (pulāka), the tainted (bakuśa) and the kuśīla (‘imperfect or with unwholesome disposition’) ascetics? These kinds of saints dwell in the first two types of conduct i.e. equanimity (sāmāyika) and re-initiating (chedopasthān).
What type of self-restraint is practiced by kaṣāya-kuśīla ascetics? These kinds of ascetics dwell in the first four types of conduct namely: equanimity (sāmāyika), re-initiating (chedopasthānīya), purity of non injury (parihāraviśśuddhi) and subtle passion (sūkṣma-sāmparāya).
What type of self-restraint is practiced by unbound (nirgrantha) and the successful (snātaka) ascetics? They practice perfect (yathākhyāt) conduct and self control only.Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 9: Influx of karmas
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.
Languages of India and abroad
saṃyama : (m.) restraint; self-control; abstinence.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
saṃyama (संयम).—m S saṃyamana n S Binding, restraining, confining. 2 Forbearance, self-denial or control; regulation (as of the passions and affections). 3 A religious vow or obligation.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
1) Restraint, check, control; श्रोत्रादीनीन्द्रियाण्यन्ये संयमाग्निषु जुह्वति (śrotrādīnīndriyāṇyanye saṃyamāgniṣu juhvati) Bg.4.26,27; so संयमधनः (saṃyamadhanaḥ) &c.
2) Concentration of mind, a term applied to the last three stages of Yoga; संयमाश्चानृशंस्य च परस्वादानवर्जनम् (saṃyamāścānṛśaṃsya ca parasvādānavarjanam) Mb.14. 18.16; धारणाध्यानसमाधित्रयमन्तरङ्गं संयमपदवाच्यम् (dhāraṇādhyānasamādhitrayamantaraṅgaṃ saṃyamapadavācyam) Sarva. S.; Ku.2.59.
3) A religious vow.
4) Religious devotion, practice of penance; अस्मान् साधु विचिन्त्य संयमधनान् (asmān sādhu vicintya saṃyamadhanān) Ś.4. 17.
5) Humanity, feeling of compassion.
6) Any religious act on the day preceding a vow or course of penance.
7) Destruction of the world; यच्चेदं प्रभवः स्थानं भूतानां संयमो यमः (yaccedaṃ prabhavaḥ sthānaṃ bhūtānāṃ saṃyamo yamaḥ) Mb.12.238.2; पुरा स्वयंभूरपि संयमा- म्भस्युदीर्णवातोर्मिरवैः कराले (purā svayaṃbhūrapi saṃyamā- mbhasyudīrṇavātormiravaiḥ karāle) Bhāg.6.9.24.
8) Closing (of the eyes).
9) Effort, exertion.
Derivable forms: saṃyamaḥ (संयमः).
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Saṃyāma (संयाम).—See संयम (saṃyama).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-maḥ) 1. Restraint, forbearance. 2. Humanity, avoiding the infliction of pain on others. E. sam before yam to restrain, aff. ap.
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(-maḥ) 1. Forbearance, check, control, restraint. 2. Humanity, abstaining from giving pain to others. E. sam before yam to restrain, aff. ghañ .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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