Sattvashila, Sattvaśīla: 5 definitions


Sattvashila means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Sattvaśīla can be transliterated into English as Sattvasila or Sattvashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Sattvashila in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Sattvaśīla (सत्त्वशील) is the name of a servant of Brāhmaṇavara: a king from Citrakūṭa according to the story “Sattvaśīla and the two treasures” according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 35. Accordingly, “... He [Brāhmaṇavara] had a victorious servant named Sattvaśīla, who devoted himself exclusively to war, and every month Sattvaśīla received a hundred gold pieces from that king”. And further on, “once on a time Sattvaśīla, while wandering in a garden, happened by luck to find a treasure; and with the help of his servants he quickly brought home that hoard, which gleamed with much gold and glittered with priceless stones”.

2) Sattvaśīla (सत्त्वशील) is the name of a Rājpūt from Dakṣiṇā (the Deccan), as mentioned in the seventh story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 81. Accordingly, “... once on a time a popular Rājpūt of the Deccan, named Sattvaśīla, came to the palace gate of that king [Caṇḍasiṃha]. And he announced himself, and then, on account of his poverty, he and some other Rājpūts tore a ragged garment in the presence of that king. Thus he became a dependent,[2] and remained there for many years perpetually serving the king, but he never received any reward from him”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sattvaśīla, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sattvashila in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sattvaśīla (सत्त्वशील).—a (S) Of a virtuous or good disposition; disposed to what is right and good. 2 That retains long and enduringly its virtues or good qualities--a substance or thing.

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

sattvaśīla (सत्त्वशील).—a Of a virtuous or good dis- position. Firm, constant. That retains long and enduringly its virtues or good qualities-a substance &c.

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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

[«previous next»] — Sattvashila in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sattvaśīla (सत्त्वशील):—[=sat-tva-śīla] [from sat-tva > sat] mfn. of a virtuous disposition, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Sattvashila in German

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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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