Udasthita, Udāsthita: 4 definitions

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Udasthita means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey

Udasthita (उदस्थित, “recluse”) refers to one of the various covers of spies, forming part of a the intelligence apparatus of a state (rājya), according to the ancient Indian science of Society and Polity, as defined in Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra (4th century BCE).—Kauṭilya suggests mass participation in intelligence gathering through institutions such as religion. Spies could be under the guises such as udasthita.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (U) next»] — Udasthita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Udāsthita (उदास्थित).—a. Set over, appoined to.

-taḥ 1 A superintendent.

2) A door-keeper.

3) A spy, an emissary; com. on Ms.7.154.

4) An ascetic who has given up his vow. Kau. A.1.11.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Udāsthita (उदास्थित).—m.

(-taḥ) 1. A spy, an emissary. 2. A door-keeper. 3. superintendent. mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Set over. E. ud over, āṅ before sthā to stay, affix kta.

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

1) Udāsthita (उदास्थित):—[=ud-āsthita] [from udā-sthā] mfn. set over, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] m. an ascetic who instead of fulfilling his vow is employed as a spy or emissary [commentator or commentary] on [Manu-smṛti vii, 154]

3) [v.s. ...] a superintendent, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a door-keeper, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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