Tushni, Tūṣṇī: 7 definitions


Tushni means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Tūṣṇī can be transliterated into English as Tusni or Tushni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) (literally “silent”) refers to Tūṣṇīnātha (Cf. Tūṣṇīśa): the first Siddha (ādisiddha) of the Kubjikā school, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “All this has been explained in the auspicious and venerable Kubjīmata of twenty-four thousand verses. Here it has been just somewhat mentioned. O great goddess, (this), the heart of the Supreme Lord should be kept secret. O fair one, this division is the Kādi division that has come forth from the First Face (ādivaktra) and has come, O mistress of the gods, through the tradition of Tūṣṇīnātha.”

2) Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) or Tūṣṇīguhā refers to the “cave of silence”, according to the Ambāmatasaṃhitā  verse 10.143-144.—Accordingly, “The Full Moon, which is the Command, is the (supreme) energy in the Mālinīkula. It is in the middle of the Liṅga in Triple Peak (mountain) within the Cave of Silence (tūṣṇī-guhā)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) refers to “remaining quiet”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“After saying thus Śivā kept quiet [i.e., tūṣṇī]. Even as the mother was watching with pleasure, she assumed the body of a daughter by her power of illusion”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) refers to “silently” (not thinking of anything), according to the Mahābhārata verse 14.19.1-2.—Accordingly: while describing the supreme knowledge of the eternal and unchanging state: “He who has become absorbed in one object, silently (tūṣṇī) not thinking of anything, having abandoned [everything] prior [to this] is free from any undertaking. He is a friend to all, endures all, is indifferent [to all things], his senses controlled, his fear and anger have ceased, his desire slain, [this] man is free”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) refers to “(remaining) silent”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [After Viṣṇudatta went to the Bhagavān for refuge]: “Then the Bhagavān comforted the Great Brahmin and said, ‘Fear not, Great Brahmin, I shall be a refuge, shelter and last resort for you’. Then he remained silent (tūṣṇī)”..

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी).—ind [tuṣ bā° nām svarādi] In silence, silently, quickly, without speaking or noise; किं भवांस्तूष्णीमास्ते (kiṃ bhavāṃstūṣṇīmāste) V.2; न योत्स्य इति गोविन्दमुक्त्वा तूष्णीं बभूव ह (na yotsya iti govindamuktvā tūṣṇīṃ babhūva ha) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.9.

Derivable forms: tūṣṇīm (तूष्णीम्).

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

Tūṣṇī (तूष्णी) or Tūṣṇīm.—indeclinable (Sanskrit tūṣṇīm only, even in composition, except once Lex. tūṣṇī-śīla; but Pali tuṇhī lacking nasal, as separate word, and in tuṇhī-bhāva, bhūta), as adv., in silence, silently: °ṇīṃ ca so āsi Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 191.4 (verse); °ṇī pavane vaseyaṃ Lalitavistara 393.2 (verse); °ṇī vyavasthi- taḥ Divyāvadāna 7.17 f.; 8.16 f.; adhivāsya bhagavāṃs tūṣṇī… vyavasthitaḥ Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 6.15 (verse); in Divyāvadāna and Avadāna-śataka often in lieu of tūṣṇīṃbabhūva, fell silent, no verb form being expressed; especially in the formula…kathayā saṃdarśya samādāpya samuttejya saṃpraharṣya tūṣṇīm Divyāvadāna 80.20; 89.11; 91.18; 189.8; 283.13; 310.6; 506.15, et alibi; Avadāna-śataka i.63.9; 290.9; ii.89.11; also, āyusmān Ānandas tūṣṇīm Divyāvadāna 201.12, 20—21; evam ukte Rāṣṭrapālo gṛhapatiputras tūṣṇīm Avadāna-śataka ii.119.13; tūṣṇībhāva (= Pali tuṇhī°), silence, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 167.9; Lalitavistara 6.2, 3, 20; 392.19; 394.20 (verse, °ṣṇi° m.c.); 416.13; Mahāvastu iii.255.4; 257.2, 3 (in 3 °ṇīṃ° but v.l. °ṇī°); 271.17; Divyāvadāna 20.1; tūṣṇībhūto (= Pali tuṇhī°) Mahāvastu iii.314.7; °bhutāḥ (m.c.) Lalitavistara 421.17 (verse).

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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

Tūṣṇi (ತೂಷ್ಣಿ):—

1) [noun] a refraining from speech; the state of being or fact of keeping silent; silence.

2) [noun] (dial.) an abridging of a passage, statement ; a being so abridged; abridgement; an epitome.

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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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