Tanmatra, aka: Tad-matra, Tanmātra; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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(tanmatra) The subtle physical essence.

Source: Kashmiri Overseas Association: The Nīlamata Purāṇa

Tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—‘rudimentary, undifferentiated, subtle elements from which a gross element is produced.’*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 3. 22-26; Vāyu-purāṇa 4. 52.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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The tanmātras are the potential conditions of qualities.

Source: archive.org: A History of Indian Philosophy

tanmātra(s) (‘ subtle element(s)’): According to Sāṃkhya ontology, the five ‘subtle material elements’ (sound, touch, form, taste, smell) evolve from prakṛti

Source: Oxford Index: Hinduism

The five tanmatras, which are the subtle inner essences of sound, feelings, aspect, flavour and odour.

Source: Red Zambala: Yoga Sutras

The Five Primary Sensations (Tanmatra):

  1. sabdha-tattva: sound
  2. sparsha-tattva: feel/palpation
  3. rupa-tattva: form
  4. rasa-tattva: taste
  5. gandha-tattva: odor

Sound, Touch, Colour, Flavour and Odour constitute the Soul's sense data that together form his external experiences.

Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

Tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—The five qualities of the mahā-bhūtas that subtly manifest in the mind as sound, touch, form, taste and smell.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Among the vibrational manifestation of transcendental reality sound is the first and the subtlest. It is known as Tanmātra. The sonic Tanmātra is the first stage of manifestation. According to Sāṃkhya, Tanmātra is beyond the reach of an ordinary person. Only a Yogi can have the perception of Tanmātra.

Source: Google Books: Buddhist Tantra: A Philosophical Reflection and Religious Investigation

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—n S An archetype or subtil rudiment of any of the five forms of elementary matter: as gandha is of pṛthvī, rasa of udaka &c. See under pañcamahā- bhūtēṃ.

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tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—ad S Merely that.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—n A subtle rudiment of any of the five forms of elementary matter. ad Merely that.

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

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Tanmātra (तन्मात्र).—

1) merely that, only a trifle, a very small quantity; तन्मात्रादेव कुपितो राजा (tanmātrādeva kupito rājā) Ks.6.15.

2) (in phil.) a subtle and primary element (such as śabda, sparśa, rūpa, rasa and gandha) तन्मात्राण्यविशेषाः (tanmātrāṇyaviśeṣāḥ) Sān. K.38; गणस्तन्मात्रपञ्चकश्चैव (gaṇastanmātrapañcakaścaiva) Sān. K.24; Bhāg.11.24.7.

Derivable forms: tanmātram (तन्मात्रम्).

Tanmātra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tad and mātra (मात्र).

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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