Satyavac, Satyavāc, Satya-vac: 9 definitions
Satyavac means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Satyavach.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्) refers to “one who is truthful”, representing a desirable characteristic of an astrologer (Jyotiṣa), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “We shall now proceed to give a brief description of (the qualifications of) a jyotiṣaka. He must be of noble birth and of agreeable appearance; meek, truthful [i.e., satyavāc] and without jealousy; of proportional limbs; of joints well built and of good growth; have no physical defects; be of fine hands, feet, nails, eyes, chin, teeth, ears, forehead, eye-brows and head; of fine physique and of high, sonorous voice”.
Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्) refers to “true speech”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[Digression on a case brought against the Buddha; B. The defense].—[4. Insults to the Disciples].—[...] Moreover, when the Buddha treats [the Bhikṣus] as fools (mohapuruṣa), it is gentle speech (ślakṣṇavāc) and true speech (satyavāc). These disciples are fools, under the power of the threefold poison (triviṣa): they are fools because the Buddha wants to benefit them and they do not accept it because they do not understand the Buddha’s intentions and do not accept his words. [...]”.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्).—a. truthful, veracious, candid. (-m.)
1) a saint, seer.
2) a crow.
Satyavāc is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms satya and vāc (वाच्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्).—mfn. (-vāk) Speaking truth, veracious, sincere. m. (-vāk) 1. A crow. 2. A Rishi, a saint. E. satya true, vāc speech.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्).—I. adj. speaking truth, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 53, 12; [Hitopadeśa] 120, 15. Ii. m. 1. a Ṛṣi. 2. a crow.
Satyavāc is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms satya and vāc (वाच्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्).—[feminine] & adj. the same.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्):—[=satya-vāc] [from satya > sat] f. true speech, [Subhāṣitāvali]
2) [v.s. ...] assurance, [Ṛg-veda]
3) [v.s. ...] mfn. truth-speaking, veracious, [Ṛg-veda; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Atharva-veda] etc.
4) [v.s. ...] m. a Ṛṣi, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) [v.s. ...] a [particular] spell spoken over weapons, [Rāmāyaṇa]
6) [v.s. ...] a crow, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
7) [v.s. ...] Name of a Deva-gandharva, [Mahābhārata]
8) [v.s. ...] of a Ṛṣi, [ib.]
9) [v.s. ...] of a son of Manu Cākṣuṣa, [Harivaṃśa; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]
10) [v.s. ...] of a son of Manu Sāvarṇa, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Satyavāc (सत्यवाच्):—[satya-vāc] (k) 5. m. A crow, a sage. a. Speaking the truth, sincere.
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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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 2 - Punishments for falsehood < [Section I.4 - Abstention from falsehood]
The Caturdevarājasūtra < [Section II.1 - Morality of the lay person or avadātavasana]
Appendix 2 - The deity of the Bodhi tree (bodhivṛkṣadevatā) < [Chapter VI - The Great Bhikṣu Saṃgha]
The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)