Sthula, aka: Sthūla; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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A Sthula stone is of blue colour, has three lines, is of the form of a tortoise and is dotted with marks.

Source: The Garuda puranam
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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.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Sthūla (स्थूल, “gross”).—One of the twenty Gurvādiguṇa, or, ‘ten opposing pairs of qualities of drugs’.—Sthūla is the characteristic of a drug referring to the ‘coarseness’, while its opposing quality, Sūkṣma, refers to its ‘subtleness’. It is a Sanskrit technical term from Āyurveda (Indian medicine) and used in literature such the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

The quality of Sthūla, present in drugs and herbs, increases the Kapha (bodily fluids, or ‘phlegm’). It exhibits a predominant presence of the elements Earth (pṛthivī).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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)

Sthūla (स्थूल).—Gross, approximate. Note: Sthūla is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa 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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General definition (in Hinduism)

(Sthūla) Sanskrit; 'thick', 'gross', 'bulky', 'full', 'stout' or 'massive'.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

sthūla = the external aspects of something

Source: Ashtanga Yoga: Yoga Sutrani Patanjali

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Marathi-English dictionary

sthūla (स्थूल).—a (S) Great, large, big, thick. 2 Gross, bulky, corpulent, huge and coarse. 3 Dense or gross, not attenuate or subtil. 4 Dense or gross, figuratively; dull, doltish, blockish, stupid, stolid.

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sthūḷa (स्थूळ).—&c. The Prakrit or poetic form of writing sthūla, sthūladēha &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sthūla (स्थूल).—a Great, big; bulky. Dense. Dull.

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sthūḷa (स्थूळ).—(For sthūla.) Bulky.

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

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sthūla (स्थूल).—a. (compar. sthavīyas superl. sthaviṣṭha)

1) Large, great, big, bulky, huge; बहुस्पृशापि स्थूलेन स्थीयते बहिरश्मवत् (bahuspṛśāpi sthūlena sthīyate bahiraśmavat) Śi.2.78 (where it has sense 6 also); स्थूलहस्तावलेपान् (sthūlahastāvalepān) Me.14,18; R.6.28.

2) Fat, corpulent, stout.

3) Strong, powerful; स्थूलं स्थूलं श्वसिति (sthūlaṃ sthūlaṃ śvasiti) K. 'breathes hard'.

4) Thick, clumsy.

5) Gross, coarse, rough (fig. also) as in स्थूलमानम् (sthūlamānam) q. v.

6) Foolish, doltish, silly, ignorant.

7) Stolid, dull, thick-headed.

8) Not exact.

9) (Inphil.) Material (opp. to sūkṣma).

-laḥ The jack tree.

-lā -1 Large cardamoms.

2) Scindaspus Officinalis (Mar. gajapiṃpaḷī).

3) Cucumis Utilissimus (Mar. thorakākaḍī).

-lam 1 A heap, quantity.

2) A tent.

3) The summit of a mountain (kūṭa).

4) Sour milk, curds.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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. 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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