Smita: 13 definitions
Smita means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, 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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Smita (स्मित) refers to “slight smile” and represents an element of a siddhi (success) expressed vocally (vāṅmayī), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 27. The siddhis in a dramatic production (nāṭaka) arise from words, sattva and gestures and relate to the various bhāva (psychological states) and rasa (sentiments). They can be broadly divided into divine (daivikī) and human (mānuṣī) which are made up of sattvas expressed vocally or physically.
Accordingly, “when actors produce the comic sentiment (hāsya-rasa) slightly dependent on words of double entendre, the spectators should always receive the same with a slight smile (smita)”.
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
Smita (स्मित) refers to “blooming” (viz., of a flower), as mentioned in a list of twenty-six synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Smita] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.
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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Smita (स्मित) refers to a “smile”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.8.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Sage Nārada:—“O sage, all these details you mentioned to the lord of mountains. You told the previous history of Pārvatī that increased her pleasure and on hearing which, the lord of mountains, his wife and children were freed from all suspicions. On hearing the story from Nārada, Pārvatī bent down her head in bashfulness but her smile [i.e., smita] heightened the beauty of her face. [...]”.
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā
Smita (स्मित) refers to a “smile”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Lord smiled (smita), and the venerable Ānanda asked the meaning of smiling: ‘O Lord, as the Tathāgata does not smile for no reason, what is the reason for smiling?’ The Lord said: ‘Ānanda, the bodhisatva Gaganagañja received five hundred robes by those five hundred monks, put them into the treasury of open space, sprinkled on the world-sphere called Kāṣāyadhvaja. In this way he performed the Buddha-activities in the Buddha-field of the Tathāgata Parvatarāj [...]’.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
smita (स्मित).—n S A smile.
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smita (स्मित).—p S Smiling. 2 Blown or expanded;--as a flower, a bud.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
smita (स्मित).—n A smile. p Smiling. Blown.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Smita (स्मित).—p. p.
1) Smiled, smiling.
2) Expanded, blown, blossomed; एकेन स्मितपाटलाधररुचो जल्पन्त्यनल्पाक्षरम् (ekena smitapāṭalādhararuco jalpantyanalpākṣaram) Pt.1.136.
-tam A smile, gentle laugh; सस्मितं (sasmitaṃ) 'with a smile'; सविलक्षस्मितम् (savilakṣasmitam) &c.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Smiling. 2. Blown, (as a flower.) n.
(-taṃ) A smile, a gentle laugh. E. ṣmi to smile, aff. kta.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Smita (स्मित).—[adjective] smiling, expanded, blown; [neuter] a smile.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Smita (स्मित):—[from smi] mfn. smiled, smiling, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.
2) [v.s. ...] expanded, blown, blossomed, [Śiśupāla-vadha; Pañcatantra]
3) [v.s. ...] n. a smile, gentle laugh (taṃ-√kṛ, ‘to smile’), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Smita (स्मित):—(taṃ) 1. n. A smile. a. Blown, blossomed; smiling.
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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Smita (स्मित) [Also spelled smit]:—(nf) a smile; (a) smiling.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [adjective] smiled; laughted gently.
2) [adjective] (said of flowers) blown; expanded.
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1) [noun] a smile; a smiling gesture.
2) [noun] the act of (a flower) blowing, expanding.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Ends with (+8): Antahsmita, Anuvismita, Aryasmita, Asmita, Avismita, Bhasmita, Bhishmita, Bhrishavismita, Darasmita, Devasmita, Kritasmita, Kusmita, Lakshmita, Mandasmita, Mukavismita, Paramavismita, Sacismita, Sakutasmita, Samsmita, Sasmita.
Full-text (+23): Smitashalin, Smitadrish, Mandasmita, Sakutasmita, Susmita, Smitashobhin, Shucismita, Sasmita, Smitapurvam, Smitamukha, Smitapurva, Smi, Vismita, Smitapurvabhibhashita, Smitapurvabhibhashin, Vismitamanasa, Smitavac, Mandasmitashataka, Utsmita, Sasmitam.
Search found 11 books and stories containing Smita; (plurals include: Smitas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 4.1.14 < [Part 1 - Laughing Ecstasy (hāsya-rasa)]
Verse 4.1.16 < [Part 1 - Laughing Ecstasy (hāsya-rasa)]
Verse 4.3.28 < [Part 3 - Chivalry (vīrya-rasa)]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
Verse 2.1.167 < [Chapter 1 - Vairāgya (renunciation)]
Verse 2.4.68 < [Chapter 4 - Vaikuṇṭha (the spiritual world)]
Verse 1.5.79-81 < [Chapter 5 - Priya (the beloved devotees)]
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 3.2.409 < [Chapter 2 - Description of the Lord’s Travel Through Bhuvaneśvara and Other Placesto Jagannātha Purī]
Bhajana-Rahasya (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya)
Text 9 < [Chapter 7 - Saptama-yāma-sādhana (Pradoṣa-kālīya-bhajana–vipralambha-prema)]
Text 7 < [Chapter 5 - Pañcama-yāma-sādhana (Aparāhna-kālīya-bhajana–kṛṣṇa-āsakti)]
Text 8 < [Chapter 5 - Pañcama-yāma-sādhana (Aparāhna-kālīya-bhajana–kṛṣṇa-āsakti)]
Dasarupaka (critical study) (by Anuru Ranjan Mishra)