Sthairya: 15 definitions



Sthairya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Sthairya (स्थैर्य, “self-steadiness”) refers to one of the eight aspects of the male’s sattva, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These sattvas form the support of sentiments (rasa) in drama and are defined according to the science of sāmānyābhinaya, or “harmonious representation”.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “not relinquishing any undertaking relating to duty, wealth and enjoyment irrespective of its good or bad results, īs called a ‘tenacity’ (sthairya)”.

Natyashastra book cover
context information

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).

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Natyashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—Stability

Ayurveda book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Ayurveda from relevant books on Exotic India

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Sthairya (स्थैर्य) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Trāsanī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Sthairya] each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

Tibetan Buddhism book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Tibetan Buddhism from relevant books on Exotic India

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Jaina Yoga

Sthairya (स्थैर्य, “firmness”) refers to an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the bhūṣaṇa heading, according to Hemacandra in his 12th century Yogaśāstra verse 2.16. Sthairya means strengthening the faith of anyone who is wavering in the Jaina creed or maintaining one’s own faith firmly despite the success of adherents of other religions.

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sthairya (स्थैर्य) refers to “firmness in Jain doctrine” and represents one of the Guṇas (“qualities”), according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, “[...] Vajranābha acquired strong Tirthakṛt-body-making and family-karma by the twenty sthānakas as follows:—[...] The ninth [sthānaka] is right-belief, free from the faults of doubt, etc., adorned with the qualities of firmness, etc. [viz., sthairya-guṇa], characterized by tranquillity, etc. [...]”.

Note: The guṇas are: firmness in Jain doctrine (sthairya); promulgation of Jain doctrine (prabhāvanā); devotion to Jain doctrine (bhakti); expertness in it (kauśala); service to the tīrthas (tirthasevā). The tīrtha is either dravyatīrtha, places where the Tīrthakṛts were born, received initiation, kevalajñāna, and attained mokṣa; or bhāva-tīrtha, the fourfold congregation, or the chief Gaṇadhara.—(cf. Yogaśāstra 2.17.)

General definition book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of General definition from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sthairya (स्थैर्य).—n S (sthira) Steadiness, settledness, fixedness, fastness, stillness. 2 Permanency, stability, endurance, continuance. 3 Constancy, firmness, faithfulness, stanchness, persistency &c. 4 Calmness, composedness, equableness or soberness (of mind, temper, affections).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sthairya (स्थैर्य).—n Steadiness; firmness; endurance. Calmness.

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sthairya (स्थैर्य).—[sthirasya bhāvaḥ ṣyañ]

1) Firmness, stability, fixity, steadiness.

2) Continuance.

3) Firmness of mind, resolution, constancy; अमानित्वं (amānitvaṃ) ...... स्थैर्यमात्मविनिग्रहः (sthairyamātmavinigrahaḥ) Bg. 13.7.

4) Patience.

5) Hardness, solidity.

6) Subduing the sense (jitendriyatva); ततस्तस्य परिज्ञाय महास्थैर्य महामुनेः (tatastasya parijñāya mahāsthairya mahāmuneḥ) Rām.7.3.27.

Derivable forms: sthairyam (स्थैर्यम्).

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

Sthairya (स्थैर्य) or Sthairyya.—n.

(-ryaṃ) 1. Firmness, stability. 2. Firmness of mind, resolution, fortitude. 3. Continuance. 4. Patience. 5. Hardness, solidity. E. sthira, and ṣyañ aff.

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

Sthairya (स्थैर्य).—i. e. sthita + ya, n. 1. Fitmness, stability, staying continually, [Pañcatantra] 225, 22. 2. Constancy, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 102. 3. Patience, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 238.

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

Sthairya (स्थैर्य).—[neuter] firmness, solidity, steadiness, constancy, calmness; p. vant.

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

1) Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—[from sthā] n. firmness, hardness, solidity, [Yājñavalkya; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] fixedness, stability, immobility, [Prabodha-candrodaya; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

3) [v.s. ...] calmness, tranquillity, [Pañcadaṇḍacchattra-prabandha]

4) [v.s. ...] continuance, permanence, [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

5) [v.s. ...] steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, patience, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] firm attachment to, constant delight in ([locative case]), [Kāvya literature; Pañcatantra; Kathāsaritsāgara etc.]

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

Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—(ryyaṃ) 1. n. Firmness.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—(von sthira) n.

1) Festigkeit, Härte: aṅgānām [Yājñavalkya’s Gesetzbuch 3, 80.] udarasya [Mahābhārata 1, 4492.] [Suśruta 1, 18, 10. 151, 6.] doṣa [2, 358, 7.] kṛt [1, 48, 7.] [VĀGBH. 1, 6, 16.] kara [Suśruta 1, 182, 4.] vyāyāmaḥ sthairyakarāṇām (hitatamam) [CARAKA 1,25.] [Oxforder Handschriften 230,b,44.] —

2) das Feststehen, Unbeweglichkeit [DHĀTUP. 3, 13. fg.] [Vopadeva’s Grammatik 8, 106, Anf.] [morgenländischen Gesellschaft 27, 26.] [Prabodhacandrodaja 5, 2.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 10, 85, 7. 11, 16, 33.] āsana [SARVADARŚANAS. 174, 12.] sthāne sthairyamavāpnoti festes Verbleiben in seiner Stellung [KĀM. NĪTIS. 5, 5.] manasaḥ festes Gerichtetsein des Geistes auf einen Punkt [Oxforder Handschriften 91,a,9.] a Unsicherheit [Rājataraṅgiṇī 4, 81.] [SARVADARŚANAS. 163, 15.] —

3) Bestand, Dauerhaftigkeit [Spr. (II) 5934.] śarīra [Kathāsaritsāgara 94, 135.] [SARVADARŚANAS. 97, 11. fg. 99, 20.] prīti [Rājataraṅgiṇī 1, 375] [?(pl.). Sāhityadarpana 243. Scholiast zu Kapila 1, 33.] a Unbestand, Vergänglichkeit [Spr. (II) 855. 6279.] —

4) Standhaftigkeit, Ausdauer [Bhagavadgītā 13, 7.] [Mahābhārata 3, 17381.] [Harivaṃśa 7598.] [Rāmāyaṇa 2, 106, 32. 4, 55, 2. 5, 83, 4.] [KĀM. NĪTIS. 4, 29. 37. 13, 31. 19, 7.] [Spr. (II) 3482, v. l. 4012. 7049. 7236.] [Rājataraṅgiṇī 3, 157. 6, 242. 344.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 1, 16, 29. 36. 3, 28, 5.] manaḥ dass. [Spr. (II) 7436.] — 2)4): sthairye ca himavāniva [Mahābhārata 6, 502.] [Rāmāyaṇa] [Gorresio 1, 1, 20 (18] [SCHL.][). 2, 1, 21. 6, 102, 26.] —

5) festes Hängen an, dauerndes Gefallen an (loc.): kathaṃ tasyāḥ sthairyaṃ syāttvayi [Kathāsaritsāgara 52, 282.] sā tasminrājñi nadīva sāgare sthairyaṃ babandha [362.] na kathaṃcidrṛhe sthairyamālambate [Pañcatantra 225, 23.] yogamahotsave [Spr. (II) 1956.] mantrastasya mahībhartuḥ vāstavyabandhacintāyāṃ sthairyamāyayau [Rājataraṅgiṇī 4, 623.]

--- OR ---

Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—

2) manaḥ ebend. [4, 114.] śubhasthairyeṇa cetasaḥ [84.]

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Hindi dictionary

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

Sthairya (स्थैर्य):—(nm) steadiness; firmness; stability.

context information


Discover the meaning of sthairya in the context of Hindi from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: