Sancita, Sañcita, Saṃcita, Samcita, Samcita: 18 definitions


Sancita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Sanchita.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Sañcita (सञ्चित) refers to a classification of praṇāla (“water-drains”) constructed into the sanctum for the purpose of draining oblation water and rainwater. It is a Sanskrit technical term used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature. The sañcita-praṇāla is built using hard material such as stone. It is of the masculine class.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Siva Gita A Critical Study

Sañcita (सञ्चित) or Sañcitakarma refers to “accumulated actions” and represents on of the three types of karma (“action”).—Sañcita-karma is the sum of all karmas of this life and past lives.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Sañcita (सञ्चित) means “obstructed” (e.g., the chains of a door), according to the Kaulajñānanirṇaya.—Accordingly, “The Nameless (energy) [i.e., anāmā] is fixed in the Heart [i.e., hṛdaya]. This is the Gesture (mudrā) that bestows the goddess. If one sees her in the End of the Twelve, she shines (like) a necklace of gems. This is the Gesture (mudrā) called Anāmā; once (it is) known (one attains) the (liberated) sky-faring state. O beloved, one must break though the door which, endowed with consciousness, is sealed with the Five Seals (of the lower Wheels) and is well obstructed [i.e., sañcitasusañcita] by the chain (of the door). [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Sañcita (सञ्चित) refers to “aggregated”, according to Utpaladeva’s Vivṛti on Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā 1.5.6.—Accordingly, “[...] If, on the other hand, external objects are only atoms that are partless [and] aggregated (sañcita), even so, a pot, which appears in a [spatially] extended form, necessarily appears as having [different] parts [respectively located in the] east, west, etc.; and [this spatial extendedness] is not possible if [this pot] is thus made of atoms[, since by definition an atom cannot have different parts] [...]”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Saṃcita (संचित) refers to “that which is accumulated (in other [past] births)”, according to Kṣemarāja’s commentary on the Svacchandatantra verse 4.142b.—Accordingly, “For the purpose of supernatural powers, from the past pure and impure [karma] that maintains the [current] body he should only purify the impure [portion] for him, for in this way (evam) the achievement of enjoyment comes about without any obstacles. As for the pure and impure [karma] that is accumulated in other [past] births (janmāntara-saṃcita) and which he will do in a [future] birth, all those should be purified for him according to the proclaimed procedure, like in the case of the Putraka, apart from [those karmas for] the propitiation of mantras. Therefore he said, [prākkarmāgāmi caikasthaṃ bhāvayitvā ca dīkṣayet (Svacchanda 4.142cd)]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sañcita : (pp. of sañcināti) accumulated.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Sañcita, (pp. of sañcināti) accumulated, filled (with) J. VI, 249; ThA. 282; Sdhp. 319. (Page 669)

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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.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sañcita (संचित).—p (S) Amassed, accumulated, collected or gathered together.

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sañcita (संचित).—n (S) The stock, over and above that portion of it which is applied to furnish out or make up the allotment of physical good and evil to be experienced in any particular birth, of merit and demerit wrought out and laid up in preceding stages of existence; and which will thus continue, until all the demerit shall be expended, to furnish occasion for future births, and to regulate the quantum of happiness and misery to be enjoyed and endured. 2 The stock acquired through the good and evil works of the present or other particular birth.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sañcita (संचित).—n The stock of merit or demerit acquired through good or evil works in the present and preceding stages of existence. p Accumulated. amassed, gathered together.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃcita (संचित).—p. p.

1) Heaped up, accumulated, hoarded, collected.

2) Laid by, stored.

3) Enumerated, reckoned.

4) Full of, furnished or provided with.

5) Impeded, obstructed.

6) Dense, thick (as a wood).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Saṃcita (संचित).—ppp. (of sam-ci), lit. collected: in °tātman, [bahuvrīhi], who has ‘collected’ (disciplined, trained?) himself (Senart, meditated, ‘qui se sont recueillis’, doubtfully); naikakalpaśata-saṃcitātmanāṃ Mahāvastu i.64.1 (verse), of Buddhas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sañcita (सञ्चित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Assembled, accumulated, collected, gathered. 2. Enumerated. 3. Full of, provided with. 4. Obstructed. 5. Dense, thick, (as a wood.) E. sam, ci to collect, kta aff.

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

Saṃcita (संचित).—[adjective] heaped up, accumulated, dense (forest), filled or endowed with (—°).

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

1) Saṃcita (संचित):—[=saṃ-cita] [from saṃ-ci] mfn. piled together, heaped up, gathered, collected, accumulated, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] dense, thick (as a wood), [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] fitted or provided with, full of ([compound]), [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] impeded, obstructed, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

5) [v.s. ...] frequently practised or exhibited, [Mahābhārata]

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

Sañcita (सञ्चित):—[sa-ñcita] (taḥ-tā-taṃ) p. Accumulated.

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

Saṃcita (संचित) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Saṃcia, Saṃciṇiya.

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sancita in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Saṃcita (संचित) [Also spelled sanchit]:—(a) accumulated; collected, gathered; reserved; hoarded; —[karma] accumulated past deeds (held in reserve for retribution); hence [saṃciti] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Saṃcita (ಸಂಚಿತ):—

1) [adjective] collected and preserved; accumulated.

2) [adjective] very much exceeding the usual size, number or degree; immense; enormous.

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Saṃcita (ಸಂಚಿತ):—

1) [noun] anything that is collected in a large number and preserved or different things articles, materials etc. that are collected fromvarious places, sources, etc.

2) [noun] (phil.) the deeds one has done in the past life or lives, the consequences of which are enjoyed in the present life or the lives to come.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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