Sushila, aka: Suśilā, Susila, Suśīlā, Shushila, Śuṣila, Su-shila; 10 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Suśilā and Suśīlā and Śuṣila can be transliterated into English as Susila or Sushila or Shushila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Suśīlā (सुशीला).—A daughter of the Gandharva named Suśīla. (See under Pramohinī).

2) Suśīla (सुशील).—A brahmin who got rich due to the observance of Navarātri-penance. He led a very hard life with many sons and was naturally thinking of means of making money and a noble brahmin taught him about the greatness Navarātri. Accordingly Suśīla observed for nine years the Navarātri-penance and at last Devī appeared before him and made him rich. (Devī Bhāgavata, Skandha 3).

3) Suśīlā (सुशीला).—A Gandharva lady (See under Pramohinī).

4) Suśīlā (सुशीला).—A cow, the sister of Surabhi. She was the cow used in connection with sacrificial offerings made in the āśrama of the sage Jamadagni.

Jamadagni once got his wife Reṇukā killed by Paraśurāma. Though he brought her back to life as desired by Paraśurāma, Jamadagni felt deep sorrow for having got his wife killed. So, he went to Goloka and pleased Surabhi by his penance and she gave him Suśīlā, her sister. Jamadagni gave the cow (Suśīlā) to Reṇukā. It was this Suśīlā which later on Karttavīryajuna took away by force. (See under Jamadagni, Para 8). (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, Chapter 61);

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Suśīlā (सुशीला).—A Devī; a daughter of the Madra king and a queen of Kṛṣṇa; highly chaste.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 47. 14; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 234; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 28. 4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Suśilā (सुशिला) is a Sanskrit name of one of the five cow-mothers, born from the churning of the milk ocean and descended on earth from Śiva’s world at the latter’s behest for the welfare of the people, according to the Śivadharmottarapurāṇa

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Suśīla (सुशील) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Suśīla] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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susīla : (adj.) virtuous.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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suśīla (सुशील).—a (S) Of a good temper or disposition, well-disposed.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

suśīla (सुशील).—a Of a good temper.

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

Śuṣila (शुषिल).—Air, wind.

Derivable forms: śuṣilaḥ (शुषिलः).

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Suśīla (सुशील).—a. good-tempered, amiable. (-) 1 Name of the wife of Yama.

2) Name of one of the eight favourite wives of Kriṣṇa.

Suśīla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and śīla (शील).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Suśila (सुशिल).—(su-śila), adj. (m.c. for °śila), of good behavior: °lā LV 114.15 (verse).

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Suśīla (सुशील).—n. of a śreṣṭhin's son: Gv 51.21.

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

Śuṣila (शुषिल).—m.

(-laḥ) Air wind. E. śuṣ to dry, kirac aff., and the semi-vowel changed to la.

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Suśīla (सुशील).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Well-disposed, of good temper or disposition. f.

(-lā) 1. The wife of Yama. 2. Name of one of Krishna'S eight favourite wives. E. su well, and śīla nature.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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