Shvasocchvasa, Śvāsocchvāsa, Shvasa-ucchvasa: 6 definitions


Shvasocchvasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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 term Śvāsocchvāsa can be transliterated into English as Svasocchvasa or Shvasocchvasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shvasochchhvasa.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shvasocchvasa in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास) refers to “inspiration and expiration”, according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] Remaining in absorption for the [following] times; moments, breaths, Palas, Nāḍīs, Praharas, days, months and years, [the Yogin] then goes to the highest reality. A breath consists of an inspiration and expiration (śvāsocchvāsa). A palas is regarded as six breaths. A ghaṭikā corresponds in time to sixty palas. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास) possibly corresponds to Mahāprāṇa according to Muni Jayantavijayaji.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास) refers to the “breath”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Being frightened by the deceit of the breath [com.—afraid of (śaṅkitā) the deceit of the breath (śvāsocchvāsakapaṭena)], the living embryo of men that is taken hold of by the fanged enemy that is destruction goes out like a young doe in the forest. O shameless one, if you are not able to protect this wretched [embryo] which is obtained gradually [by death] then you are not ashamed to delight in pleasures in this life”.

Synonyms: Pavana.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास).—exhalation and inhalation, respiration.

Derivable forms: śvāsocchvāsaḥ (श्वासोच्छ्वासः).

Śvāsocchvāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śvāsa and ucchvāsa (उच्छ्वास).

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

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास):—[from śvāsa > śvas] m. [dual number] inspiration and expiration, respiration, [Monier-Williams’ 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 (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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shvasocchvasa in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Śvāsocchvāsa (श्वासोच्छ्वास):—(nf) deep inspiration and expiration, respiration.

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