Taila; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Taila (गुड, “oil”) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “Herbal oils” and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. All traditional herbal oils are prepared with the base of Sesame oil (Sesamum indicum). It is also known by the name Tila (तिल).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Taila or snehapāka (Medicated oils): The medicated substances in the liquid form are boiled with recommended oils till all the water present is evaporated. The remaining oil is used as medicine both internally and externally. Oil for internal use is less boiled than those used externally. Example: Nirgunḍi taila. Oils used as external/topical application get absorbed well. The water based substances are not absorbed through skin. Hence, snehapāka is equal to parenteral route of drug administration. If honey bee or any other wax is added it turns into malaharam or ointment. Example: Sindhūrādi-lepam. The lepam (malaharam) or ointment form is more popular today than earlier. If ghṛta (ghee) is used in the place of oil, the resulting medicament is known as ghṛakalpa. Example: Jātyādighrita.

Source: Academia.edu: Ayurveda and Pharmaceutics
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Taila (तैल, ‘sesamum oil’) is mentioned in the Atharvaveda, where reference is made to keeping such oil in jars. In the Śāṅkhāyana-āraṇyaka, reference is made to anointing with sesamum oil.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Taila (तैल, “oil”) refers to one of the ten classifications of food (āhāra), also known as vikṛtis, according to the 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.130) by Hemacandra. Taila refers to oil, which may be of four kinds: sesamum, flax (atasī), mustard, and saffron (kusumbha). Other oils are not for consumption as food but are used for preparing plaster or for sticking.

Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

taila (तैल).—n S Oil.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

taila (तैल).—n Oil.

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

Taila (तैल).—[tilasya tatsadṛśasya vā vikāraḥ aṇ]

1) Oil; लभेत सिकतासु तैलमपि यत्नतः पीडयन् (labheta sikatāsu tailamapi yatnataḥ pīḍayan) Bh.2.5; Y.1.284; R.8.38.

2) Benzoin.

Derivable forms: tailam (तैलम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Taila (तैल).—n.

(-laṃ) 1. Oil, expressed oil, prepared from sesamum, mustard, &c. 2. Storax, gum benzoin, incense. E. tila sesamum, and aṇ aff. tilasya tatsadṛśasya vā vikāraḥ .

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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Tailapaka (तैलपक).—m. (-kaḥ) A cockroach. E. taila, and paca to digest, ac aff.
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