Tapasi, Tāpasī, Tapashi: 10 definitions


Tapasi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, biology. 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

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Secret beyond the three cities (Tripurārahasyam)

Tāpasī (तापसी) refers to a “woman-ascetic”, according to the Tripurārahasya Jñānakhaṇḍa verse 15.50-52. Accordingly, “[...] the Brāhmaṇas slighted by Aṣṭāvakra suffered dejection. They took refuge in a certain woman-ascetic [viz., Tāpasī] who had come there at that time. Consoling those Brāhmaṇas, she, dressed in red clothing, wearing matted hair, ever youthful and possessing an attractive form, arriving at the assembly and honoured by the king, said, [...]”.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Scribd: Sri Brihad Bhagavatamrita

Tāpasī (तापसी) refers to “spiritual discipline” according to the Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta 2.7.83.—Accordingly, “svarga is the goal achieved by such pious practices as control of the mind and senses, and Brahmaloka is the highest destination, achieved by those who engage in intense spiritual discipline (tāpasī)”.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Tapasi [ತಪಸಿ] in the Kannada language is the name of a plant identified with Holoptelea integrifolia (Roxb.) Planch. from the Ulmaceae (Elm) family having the following synonyms: Ulmus integrifolia. For the possible medicinal usage of tapasi, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Tapasi in India is the name of a plant defined with Caesalpinia bonduc in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Ticanto nuga (L.) Medik. (among others).

2) Tapasi is also identified with Caesalpinia crista It has the synonym Ticanto nuga Medik. (etc.).

3) Tapasi is also identified with Holoptelea integrifolia It has the synonym Holoptelea integrifolia Rendle (etc.).

4) Tapasi is also identified with Sterculia urens It has the synonym Kavalama urens Raf. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Flora of the Southeastern United States
· Flora Indica (1832)
· Prodr. Flora Indica, or ‘Descriptions of Indian Plants’ Orient. (1834)
· Species Plantarum (1762)
· Asiatic Researches (1810)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tāpasī : (f.) a female ascetic.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṭāpaśī (टापशी).—f ṭāparī f A cloth wrapped round the head. v bāndha. 2 A cloth gathered up at one end into a hood, forming a cloak for rainy weather. v bāndha. 3 R Butting. v māra.

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

ṭāpaśī (टापशी).—f ṭāvarī f A cloth wrapped round the head. v bāndha. Butting v māra.

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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 dictionary

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

1) Tāpasī (तापसी):—[from tāpasa > tāpa] f. ([gana] gaurādi, [Gaṇaratna-mahodadhi 49]) a female ascetic, [Mahābhārata i, 3006; Śakuntalā iv, 4/5; Vikramorvaśī; Dhūrtasamāgama]

2) [v.s. ...] Curcuma Zedoaria, [Nighaṇṭuprakāśa]

3) [v.s. ...] Nardostachys Jaṭā-māṃsī, [ib.]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Tāpasī (तापसी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Tāvasī.

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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 (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.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Tapasi (ತಪಸಿ):—[noun] = ತಪಸ್ವಿ - [tapasvi -] 1, 5 & 6.

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Tāpasi (ತಾಪಸಿ):—[noun] a woman who leads a life of contemplation and extreme self-denial for realising the ultimate truth and principles of being.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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