Sarisripa, Sarīsṛpa, Sari-sripa: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Sarīsṛpa can be transliterated into English as Sarisrpa or Sarisripa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Viṣṇu-purāṇa

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप) refers to “reptiles” and represents a type of Ādhibhautika pain, according to the Viṣṇu-purāṇa 6.5.1-6. Accordingly, “the wise man having investigated the three kinds of worldly pain, or mental and bodily affliction and the like, and having acquired true wisdom, and detachment from human objects, obtains final dissolution.”

Ādhibhautika and its subdivisions (eg., sarīsṛpas) represents one of the three types of worldly pain (the other two being ādhyātmika and ādhidaivika) and correspond to three kinds of affliction described in the Sāṃkhyakārikā.

The Viṣṇupurāṇa is one of the eighteen Mahāpurāṇas which, according to tradition was composed of over 23,000 metrical verses dating from at least the 1st-millennium BCE. There are six chapters (aṃśas) containing typical puranic literature but the contents primarily revolve around Viṣṇu and his avatars.

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Sarī-sṛpa (सरी-सृप) falls under the category of wild beasts (āraṇya-paśu) according to the Vāyu Purāṇa.

Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप) refers to “creeping animals” (in the forest), according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.28. Accordingly:—“[...] soothening with kind words to Sītā, when eyes were blemished with tears, the virtuous Rāma spoke again as follows, for the purpose of waking her turn back: ‘[...] Oh, Sītā! Various creeping animals (sarīsṛpa) of different forms (bahurūpa) roam about on earth with pride. Hence dwelling in a forest is a great misery’”.

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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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Samkhya (school of philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Sāṃkhya philosophy

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप) refers to “creeping animals” such as snakes or worms, and represents a division of the animal world (tairyaksarga) according to the Sāṃkhyakārikā. The tairyaksarga is one of the three types of elemental creation, also known as bhautikasarga.

The Sāṃkhyakārikā by Iśvarakṛṣṇa is the earliest extant text of the Sāṃkhya school of philosophy and dates from the 4th century CE. It contains 72 Sanskrit verses and contents include epistemology and the theory of causation.

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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप) denotes in the Ṛgveda, and often later, any “creeping animal” or “reptile”.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप).—A serpent; any creeping animal; वनं च दोषबहुलं बहुव्यालसरीसृपम् (vanaṃ ca doṣabahulaṃ bahuvyālasarīsṛpam) Mb.3.2.3; यथा कश्चिद्वनं घोरं बहुसर्प- सरीसृपम् (yathā kaścidvanaṃ ghoraṃ bahusarpa- sarīsṛpam) Mb.12.3.51. -a.

1) Crawling, creeping; भूतेषु वीरुद्भ्य उदुत्तमा ये सरीसृपास्तेषु सबोधनिष्ठाः (bhūteṣu vīrudbhya uduttamā ye sarīsṛpāsteṣu sabodhaniṣṭhāḥ) Bhāg.5.5.21.

2) Movable; सरीसृपं स्थाणु यदत्र दृश्यते (sarīsṛpaṃ sthāṇu yadatra dṛśyate) 5.18.27.

Derivable forms: sarīsṛpaḥ (सरीसृपः).

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

Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप).—m.

(-paḥ) A snake. E. sṛp to go, irr. reiterative form, ac aff.

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

1) Sarīsṛpa (सरीसृप):—[from sarī-sṛp] mfn. crawling, creeping

2) [v.s. ...] mn. (ifc. f(ā). ) a creeping animal, reptile, snake, [Ṛg-veda] etc., etc.

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Viṣṇu, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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. 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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