Shvasana, Śvasana, Śvasāna: 12 definitions


Shvasana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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 terms Śvasana and Śvasāna can be transliterated into English as Svasana or Shvasana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Swasan.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Śvasana (श्वसन) is the name of a Vākchomā (‘verbal secrect sign’) which has its meaning defined as ‘brāhmaṇa’ according to chapter 8 of the 9th-century Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja, a scripture belonging to the Buddhist Cakrasaṃvara (or Saṃvara) scriptural cycle. These Vākchomās (viz., śvasana) are meant for verbal communication and can be regarded as popular signs, since they can be found in the three biggest works of the Cakrasaṃvara literature.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन).—[śvasityanena śvas-lyuṭ]

1) Air, wind; श्वसनसुरभिगन्धिः (śvasanasurabhigandhiḥ) Śi.11.21.

2) Name of a demon killed by Indra.

-nam 1 Breath, breathing, respiration; श्वसनचलितपल्लवा- घरोष्ठ (śvasanacalitapallavā- gharoṣṭha) Ki.1.34; Ratn.2.4 (where it has sense 1 also); Śi.9.52.

2) Sighing.

3) Feeling; an object of feeling; घ्राणेन गन्धं रसनेन वै रसं रूपं तु दृष्ट्या श्वसनं त्वचैव (ghrāṇena gandhaṃ rasanena vai rasaṃ rūpaṃ tu dṛṣṭyā śvasanaṃ tvacaiva) Bhāg.2.2.29.

Derivable forms: śvasanaḥ (श्वसनः).

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Śvasāna (श्वसान).—a. Alive.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन).—trunk of an elephant; see gaja-śv°.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन).—m.

(-naḥ) 1. Air, wind. 2. A thorny plant, (Vangueria spinosa.) n.

(-naṃ) 1. Breathing, breath. 2. Sighing. E. śvas to breathe, aff. lyuṭ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन).—[śvas + ana] 1., I. m. 1. Air, wind, breath, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 52; [Kirātārjunīya] 10, 34. 2. A plant, Vangueria spinosa. Ii. n. 1. Breathing, Mahābhārata 8, 4205. 2. Sighing.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन).—[adjective] blowing, hissing, snorting, breathing deep. [masculine] wind or the god of wind; [neuter] hissing (of a serpent), breathing, [especially] deep breath, sigh.

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Svāsana (स्वासन).—[neuter] a fine seat.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śvasana (श्वसन):—[from śvas] mfn. blowing, hissing, panting, breathing, [Ṛg-veda; Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) [v.s. ...] breathing heavily, [Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] m. air, wind (also of the body) or the god of wind, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Suśruta]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a Vasu (son of Śvāsā), [Mahābhārata i, 2583]

5) [v.s. ...] (śvas) Name of a serpent-demon, [Suparṇādhyāya]

6) [v.s. ...] Vanguieria Spinosa, [Caraka]

7) [v.s. ...] n. breathing, respiration, breath, [Kāvya literature; Purāṇa; Suśruta]

8) [v.s. ...] heavy breathing, [Suśruta]

9) [v.s. ...] clearing the throat, [ib.]

10) [v.s. ...] hissing (of a serpent), [Śiśupāla-vadha]

11) [v.s. ...] sighing, a sigh, [Ratnāvalī]

12) [v.s. ...] feeling or an object of feeling, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] ([Scholiast or Commentator])

13) Śvasāna (श्वसान):—[from śvas] mfn. breathing, living, alive, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

14) Svāsana (स्वासन):—[=sv-āsana] n. a good seat, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन):—(naḥ) 1. m. Air, wind; thorny plant. n. Breathing, breath, sighing.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Śvasana (श्वसन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Sasaṇa.

[Sanskrit to German]

Shvasana in German

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Śvasana (श्वसन) [Also spelled swasan]:—(nm) (the act or process of) respiration, breathing; -[raṃdhra] nostril (s).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śvasana (ಶ್ವಸನ):—

1) [noun] the act of taking air into the lungs and letting it out (as a natural course); breathing.

2) [noun] the air so taken in and let out.

3) [noun] air or wind.

4) [noun] a generally chronic disorder characterised by wheezing, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and a suffocating feeling, caused by an allergy to inhaled substances, stress, etc.; asthma.

5) [noun] the plant Meyna laxiflora ( = Vanguieria spinosa) of Rubiaceae family.

6) [noun] the small-sized tree Xeromphis spinosa ( = Gardenia floribunda, Randia dumetorum) of Rubiaceae family.

7) [noun] (pros.) a metrical foot consisting of two short syllablic instants followed by a long one (uu-); anapaestus.

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