Sharana, aka: Sārana, Sarana, Saraṇa, Sāraṇā, Śaraṇa, Sāraṇa, Saraṇā; 15 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śaraṇa can be transliterated into English as Sarana or Sharana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[Sharana in Rasashastra glossaries]

Sāraṇa (सारण):—Fourteenth of the eighteen Saṃskāra (special purification process). They are used to purify rasa (mercury) as per Rasaśāstra literature (Medicinal Alchemy), and are mentioned in texts such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara. In Āyurveda, Saṃskāra refers to the “detoxification” process of metals and herbs. The Sāraṇa-saṃskāra is mainly used for transmutational alchemical purposes. In other words: the last ten saṃskāras are sequentially used for the ends of transmutational and elixir alchemy. Sāraṇa refers to the process of ‘flowing’ and coprises the potentiation of mercury in preparation for transmutation, effected by heating it in oil into which various molten seeds of metals, diamond, etc. are subsequently poured.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Sāraṇa (literally, “flowing”), the “potentialization” of mercury in preparation for transmutation, is effected by heating it in oil into which molten “seeds” of metals, diamond, etc. are poured.

(Source): Google Books: The Alchemical Body

Sāraṇa (सारण, “blending”) refers to “blending for transformation” represents to the fifteenth of eighteen alchemical purification processes of mercury (mahārasa, rasendra or pārada). A religio-philosophic base was given to mercury-based alchemy in India. Mercury was looked upon as the essence of God Śiva, and sulphur as that of Goddess Pārvatī.

Mercury had to undergo 18 processes (eg., sāraṇa) before it could be used for transforming either metals or the human body. A combination of male and female principles (i.e. mercury and sulphur) forming cinnabar or mercuric sulphide or even of mercury and mica, was supposed to be highly potent and was therefore consumed as a Rasāyana or medicine for increasing body fluids or vitality. The earliest mention of Rasāyana was found in Āyurveda which was probably composed by 8th or 9th century BC, since it was a part of Atharvaveda, the last of the four Vedas.

(Source): History of Indian Science Technology (rasashastra)
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

[Sharana in Vastushastra glossaries]

Śaraṇa (शरण) is a Sanskrit technical term denoting a “residence” in general, according to the lists of synonyms given in the Samarāṅgaṇa-sūtradhāra XVIII.8-9, which is a populair treatise on Vāstuśāstra literature.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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[Sharana in Purana glossaries]

1) Śaraṇa (शरण).—A serpent born in Vāsuki’s dynasty. It was burnt to death at Janamejaya’s serpent yajña. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 57, Verse 6).

2) Sāraṇa (सारण).—General information. A Kṣatriya of the Yadu clan. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 218, Verse 17, that he was the son of Vasudeva by Devakī and the brother of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Subhadrā. Other details.

2) (i) This Sāraṇa was one of those who took the dowry to Hastināpura at the marriage of Arjuna and Subhadrā. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 220, Verse 32).

2) (ii) Sāraṇa shone in the court of Yudhiṣṭhira: (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 30).

2) (iii) Sāraṇa participated in the Rājasūya sacrifice of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 15).

2) (iv) When Śrī Krṣṇa went to Hastināpura from Dvārakā to take part in the horse-sacrifice of Yudhiṣṭhira, Sāraṇa also accompanied him. (Mahābhārata Aśvamedha Parva, Chapter 66, Verse 4).

2) (v) Sāraṇa was the foremost of those who disguised Samba the son of Jāmbavatī as a woman, and abused the hermits. (Mahābhārata Mausala Parva, Chapter 1, Verse 15).

3) Sāraṇa (सारण).—A minister of Rāvaṇa. (For details see the word Śukasāraṇas).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sāraṇa (सारण).—A son of Vasudeva (Ānakadundubhi) and Rohiṇī and father of Sārṣṭhi and others.1 Followed Vṛṣṇis to Bāṇa's city. Was consulted by Kṛṣṇa on the eve of attack on Jarāsandha; being on the left detachment of Kṛṣṇa's army, defended Dvārakā against Śālva.2 Went to see the Pāṇḍavas at Upaplāvya, and to Syamantapañcaka for the solar eclipse.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 14. 28; IX. 24. 46. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 71. 164 and 168, Matsya-purāṇa 46. 11; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 162;
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 63. 3; [50 (v) 8], [11]; 76. 14;
  • 3) Ib. X. 78. [95 (v) 3]; 82. 6.

1b) A son of Devajani, an Yakṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 130.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Sharana in Itihasa glossaries]

Sāraṇa (सारण) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.177.16) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sāraṇa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Śaraṇa is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.52.6, I.57, XIV.8.30, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Sharana in Theravada glossaries]

1. Sarana. One Of the two chief disciples (J.i..34; Bu.v.26) and also step brother (BuA.120) of Sumana Buddha.

2. Sarana. One of the chief lay supporters of Sumana Buddha. Bu.v.28.

3. Sarana. One of the two chief disciples of Sumedha Buddha (Bu.xii.23: J.i.38). He was the Buddhas younger brother. BuA.164.

4. Sarana. The city of birth of Dhammadassi Buddha (J.i.39; Bu.xvi.13). It was there that be met his two chief disciples, Paduma and Phussadeva. BuA.183.

5. Sarana. Father of Dhammadassi Buddha. Bu.xvi.14.

6. Sarana Thera: A monk. He was given the name because, when he was in his mothers womb, she was rescued from death by her virtue. She was the daughter of Sumana and Sujampatika of Savatthi. Sarana later became an arahant. For details see Ras.i.15f.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

s. ti-sarana.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Sharana in Jainism glossaries]

Sāraṇa (सारण) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Sāraṇa] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

(Source): Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Sharana in Pali glossaries]

saraṇa : (nt.) protection; help; refuge; a shelter.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Sāraṇā, (f.) (fr. sāreti2) reminding, remonstrating with Vin. V, 158, 164. (Page 705)

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Sārana, (fr. sarati1) going DhsA. 133. (Page 706)

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1) Saraṇa, 3 (fr. smṛ; i.e. sarati2) (nt.) remembrance; —tā (f.) remembering Dhs. 14, 23; Pug. 21, 25. (Page 697)

2) Saraṇa, 2 (adj.) (sa+raṇa) concomitant with war Dhs. 1294; DhsA. 50. (Page 697)

3) Saraṇa, 1 (nt.) (cp. Vedic śaraṇa protection, shelter, house, śarman id.; śālā hall; to Idj. *kel to hide, as in Lat. celo, Gr. kalu/ptw to conceal, Oir. celim, Ohg. Ags. helan, Goth. huljan to envelop; Ohg. hella=E. hell; also E. hall, and others) shelter, house Sn. 591; refuge, protection D. III, 187; Sn. 503; J. II, 28; DA. I, 229; especially the three refuges-the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Brotherhood-A. I, 56; D. I, 145; J. I, 28; usually combined with verbs like upeti Vv 532; Sn. 31; gacchati D. I, 116; A. III, 242; Vin. I, 4; Dh. 190; Sn. p. 15, 25; It. 63; or yāti Sn. 179; Dh. 188; asaraṇa, asaraṇībhūta without help and refuge Miln. 148. See leṇa 2.

—āgamana=°gamana D. I, 146; SnA 42, 157. —gamana (nt.) taking refuge in the three Saraṇas Vin. III, 24; S. IV, 270. (Page 697)

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

[Sharana in Marathi glossaries]

śaraṇa (शरण).—n (S) Protection, preservation, defence. 2 A protector, preserver, one that defends or shelters. śa0 asaṇēṃ To be unto a supplicant for protection. śa0 jāṇēṃ or yēṇēṃ To go or come to as a supplicant for protection. Pr. śa0 ālyāsa maraṇa dēūṃ or cintūṃ nayē. See Deut. xxiii. 15, 16. śa0 righaṇēṃ To betake one's self to for protection. Ex. raghunandanā śa0 righāvēṃ || viṃvasī kiṃ hē parama sītā || anarthakāraka ghōra saritā ||.

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śaraṇa (शरण).—n (Or saraṇa) A pyre or funeral pile.

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saraṇa (सरण).—n (śaraṇa S?) A pyre or funeral pile.

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sāraṇa (सारण).—n S Pushing, moving on, off, or away, removing.

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sāraṇa (सारण).—f C (sāraṇī S) A watercourse or water-channel in general. 2 C A shred or slip (off from a bamboo &c.)

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sāraṇa (सारण).—f A large netting to receive mangoes &c. gathered from the tree into the small netting.

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sāraṇa (सारण).—n Stuffing material, esp. of gurgions or coarse wheaten meal well-kneaded with gūḷa or gūḷakhōbarēṃ (as for purī, karañjī, guravaḷī, sāṭōrī, kacōrī &c.)

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śaraṇa (शरण).—n Protection. A preserver. A pyre. śaraṇa asaṇēṃ Be to a supplicant for pro- tection. śaraṇa jāṇēṃ-yēṇēṃ Go or come to as a supplicant for protection. śaraṇa righaṇēṃ Betake one's self for protection.

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saraṇa (सरण).—n A funeral pile, a pyre.

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sāraṇa (सारण).—n Pushing, moving on. f A water course.

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

[Sharana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Śaraṇa (शरण).—a. See शरण्य (śaraṇya); शरणान्यशरण्यानि आश्रमाणि कृतानि नः (śaraṇānyaśaraṇyāni āśramāṇi kṛtāni naḥ) Rām.7.6.5.

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Śaraṇa (शरण).—[śṝ-lyuṭ]

1) Protection, help, succour, defence; भूत्वा शरण्या शरणार्थमन्यं कथं प्रपत्स्ये त्वयि दीप्यमाने (bhūtvā śaraṇyā śaraṇārthamanyaṃ kathaṃ prapatsye tvayi dīpyamāne) R.14.64; V.1.3; U.4.23.

2) Refuge, shelter; तस्याः करिष्यामि दृढानुतापं प्रवालशय्याशरणं शरीरम् (tasyāḥ kariṣyāmi dṛḍhānutāpaṃ pravālaśayyāśaraṇaṃ śarīram) Ku.3.8; Pt.2.

3) A place of refuge, resort, asylum (applied to persons also); सुरासुरस्य जगतः शरणम् (surāsurasya jagataḥ śaraṇam) Ki.18.22; संतप्तानां त्वमसि शरणम् (saṃtaptānāṃ tvamasi śaraṇam) Me.7; शरणं गम्-इ-या (śaraṇaṃ gam-i-yā) &c. 'to go to for protection, take shelter with, to submit to'; यामि हे कमिह शरणं (yāmi he kamiha śaraṇaṃ) Gīt. 7.

4) A sanctuary, closet, an apartment; अग्निशरणमार्ग- मादेशय (agniśaraṇamārga- mādeśaya) Ś.5; अतोऽग्निहोत्रशरणादग्निमाधायात्मानमुद्दीपयामः (ato'gnihotraśaraṇādagnimādhāyātmānamuddīpayāmaḥ) Nāg. 5; Bhāg.7.12.2.

5) An abode, a house, habitation; शरणमपि समिद्भिः शुष्यमाणाभिराभिः (śaraṇamapi samidbhiḥ śuṣyamāṇābhirābhiḥ) Mu.3.15; Bk.6.9; Ve.5.26.

6) Lair, resting-place.

7) Injuring, killing.

Derivable forms: śaraṇam (शरणम्).

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Saraṇa (सरण).—a. [sṛ-lyuṭ] Going, moving, flowing.

-ṇam 1 Proceeding, going or flowing.

2) Running, quick motion; आजेः सरणम् (ājeḥ saraṇam) Ch. Up.1.3.5; आरोहे पर्यवस्कन्दे सरणे सान्तरप्लुते (ārohe paryavaskande saraṇe sāntaraplute) Mb.6.76.8;7.114.5.

3) Locomotion.

4) Iron rust.

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Saraṇā (सरणा).—Pæderia Fœtida (Mar. haraṇavela).

See also (synonyms): saraṇī.

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Sāraṇa (सारण).—a. (-ṇī f.)

1) Causing to go or flow.

2) Cracked, split.

-ṇaḥ 1 Dysentery.

2) The hog-plum.

3) Wind during the autumn.

-ṇam 1 A kind of perfume.

2) Leading home.

3) Butter-milk.

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Sāraṇā (सारणा).—

1) A kind of process to which metals. particularly mercury, are subjected.

2) Stretching out, extension.

3) Producing a sound or note.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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