Shashtika, aka: Ṣaṣṭika; 3 Definition(s)
Shashtika means something in 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.
The Sanskrit term Ṣaṣṭika can be transliterated into English as Sastika or Shashtika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Ayurveda (science of life)
Ṣaṣṭika (षष्टिक) is a Sanskrit word translating to “rice”, according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The literal translation of the word ṣaṣṭika is “sixty”, referring to the 60 days the rice needs to ripen.
Ṣaṣṭika is said to have to following varieties of rice being superior in quality. These varieties are said to be cold, unctuous, non-heavy, promoting the stability of and alleviates the three doṣas:
- Gaura (white),
- Kṛṣṇagaura (blackish-white),
And the following species of rice are to be inferior in quality:
The plant Ṣaṣṭika is part of the Śūkadhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of awned grains”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant.(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Ṣaṣṭika (षष्टिक).—a kind of rice which grows and is harvested in course of sixty days. (see Bhudeb Mookerji and his Rasajalanidhi)(Source): archive.org: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Ṣaṣṭika (षष्टिक).—a. Bought with sixty.
-kaḥ, -kā A kind of rice of quick growth; घृतक्षीरसमायुक्तं विधिवत् षष्टिकौदनम् (ghṛtakṣīrasamāyuktaṃ vidhivat ṣaṣṭikaudanam) Mb. 13.64.14.(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 23 - Diet in piles < [Chapter V - Piles]
Part 75 - Medicines called “parpati” < [Chapter III - Jvaratisara fever with diarrhoea]
Brihat Samhita (by N. Chidambaram Iyer)
Sushruta Samhita, volume 4: Cikitsasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter XXXIV - Hayagriva worship < [Agastya Samhita]
Chapter XXXII - Adoration of the five fundamental principles of the universe < [Agastya Samhita]
Sushruta Samhita, Volume 6: Uttara-tantra (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Chapter XLV - Symptoms and Treatment of Hemorrhage (Rakta-pitta) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter XXVI - Treatment of diseases of the head < [Canto I - Shalakya-tantra (ears, eyes, nose, mouth and throat)]
Chapter LXIV - Rules of Health < [Canto V - Tantra-bhusana-adhyaya (embellishing chapters)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)