Shastragni, Śastrāgni, Shastra-agni: 2 definitions

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Shastragni 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 Śastrāgni can be transliterated into English as Sastragni or Shastragni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Shastragni in Ayurveda glossary
Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Śastrāgni (शस्त्राग्नि) refers to “scalpel and fire” (i.e., surgery and cauterization), as mentioned in verse 5.37-39 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] [ghee is] recommended for [...] (and) those exhausted from pulmonary rupture, pulmonary consumption, erysipelas, scalpel, and fire [viz., śastrāgni-glapita]; dispersive of wind, choler, poison, frenzy, desiccation, unbeautifulness, and fever, [...]: ghee [viz., ghṛta] (is) possessed of a thousand powers (and), by its (many) ways of application, productive of a thousand effects”.

Note: śastrāgni-glapita (“exhausted from scalpel and fire”) [i.e. surgery and cauterization] has been translated by mthson smas mes thsig rmya—“exhaustion from having been wounded by scalpel (and) burnt with fire”. By the nominalization of glapita and the consequent omission of ātman (which serves merely as a device for forming the possessive compound), the preceding nouns have become immediately dependent upon śasta.—In CDP2 rmya (“exhaustion”) has been replaced by rma (“wound”), which appears somewhat awkward beside smas (“wounded”), See v. 79, where rmya is the sole spelling of all xylographs.

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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.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Shastragni in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Śastrāgni (शस्त्राग्नि) refers to “sword and fire”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 3), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The Sun when he changes his course from north to south and when in his usual condition will bring on prosperity and increase of crops; but when he undergoes a change either in his usual course or in his usual appearance he causes fear to mankind. Even on other than new-moon days the Ketu named Tvaṣṭā eclipses the solar disc. Then seven princes and their subjects will perish by the sword, by fire and by famine [i.e., śastrāgni-durbhikṣa]”.

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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.

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