Uddesha, aka: Uddesa, Uddeśa; 12 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Uddeśa can be transliterated into English as Uddesa or Uddesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaisheshika (school of philosophy)

Uddeśa (उद्देश) means the “enunciation” of a topic, and refers to one of the three methods of expositions laid down in the Nyāyabhāṣya (verse 1.1.2) by Vātsyāyana.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vaiśeṣika

Enunciation, (uddeśa) is the mention of a thing by its name; that is, by a term signifying it, as taught by revelation: for language is considered to have been revealed to man.

Source: Google Books: Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1
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Vaisheshika (वैशेषिक, vaiśeṣika) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. Vaisheshika deals with subjects such as logic, epistemology, philosophy and expounds concepts similar to Buddhism in nature

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Uddeśa (उद्देश) refers to “mention of a fact in brief” and is the name of a yukti, or ‘technical division’, according to which the contents of the Arthaśāstra by Cāṇakya are grouped. Cāṇakya (4th-century BCE), aka Kauṭilya, was the chief minister of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the famous Maurya Empire.

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Uddeśa (उद्देश).—Description; mention of qualities; cf. गुणैः प्रापणम् (guṇaiḥ prāpaṇam) M. Bh.on I. 3.2: the word is used in contrast with उपदेश (upadeśa) or direct mention; cf. कः पुनुरुद्देशोपदेशयोर्विशेषः । प्रत्यक्षमाख्यानमुपदेशो गुणैः प्रापणमुद्देशः । प्रत्यक्षं तावदाख्यानमुपदेशः तद्यथा । अगोज्ञाय कश्चिद्गां सक्थनि कर्णे वा गृहीत्वोपदिशति । अयं गौरिति । स प्रत्यक्षमा-ख्यातमाह । उपदिष्टो मे गौरिति । गुणैः प्रापणमुद्देशः । तद्यथा । कश्चित्कंचिदाह । देवदत्तं मे भवानुद्दिशतु इति । स इहस्थः पाटलिपुत्रस्थं देवदत्तमुद्दिशति । अङ्गदी कुण्डली किरीटी (kaḥ punuruddeśopadeśayorviśeṣaḥ | pratyakṣamākhyānamupadeśo guṇaiḥ prāpaṇamuddeśaḥ | pratyakṣaṃ tāvadākhyānamupadeśaḥ tadyathā | agojñāya kaścidgāṃ sakthani karṇe vā gṛhītvopadiśati | ayaṃ gauriti | sa pratyakṣamā-khyātamāha | upadiṣṭo me gauriti | guṇaiḥ prāpaṇamuddeśaḥ | tadyathā | kaścitkaṃcidāha | devadattaṃ me bhavānuddiśatu iti | sa ihasthaḥ pāṭaliputrasthaṃ devadattamuddiśati | aṅgadī kuṇḍalī kirīṭī)...ईदृशो देवदत्त इति । स गुणैः प्राप्य-माणमाह । उद्दिष्टो मे दवदत्त इति । (īdṛśo devadatta iti | sa guṇaiḥ prāpya-māṇamāha | uddiṣṭo me davadatta iti |) M. Bh. on I. 3.2; (2) spot, place, passage of occurrence: उद्देश उपदेशदेशः (uddeśa upadeśadeśaḥ); cf. यथोद्देशं संज्ञापरिभाषम् (yathoddeśaṃ saṃjñāparibhāṣam) Pari.Śek. Pari. 2.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Uddeśa (उद्देश) refers to “enunciation”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 10.81. Both uddeśa and lakṣaṇa are terms of the Nyāya philosophy. The former means ‘enunciation’ and the latter ‘definition’. Cf. The Vātsyāyana-bhāṣya 1.1.2.

Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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India history and geogprahy

Uddeśa.—(CII 4), a territorial division. (EI 14), cf. s-oddeśa (IE 8-5); space above the ground; same as ūrdhva. Note: uddeśa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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uddesa : (m.) 1. indication; 2. propounding; 3. recitation.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Uddesa, (fr. uddisati) — 1. pointing out, setting forth, proposition, exposition, indication, programme M. III, 223 (u. uddiṭṭha), 239; S. IV, 299; SnA 422.—2. explanation S. V, 110 sq.; sa-uddesa (adj.) with (the necessary) expln. , point by point, in detail, D. I, 13, 81; III, 111; A. III, 418; It. 99; Nd2 6171.—3. samaṇuddesa one marked as a Samaṇa, a novice (cp. sāmaṇera) D. I, 151; M. III, 128; A. IV, 343; uddesa-bhatta special or specified food Vin. I, 58 = 96, cp. II. 175, propounding, recitation, repetition Vin. I, 50 = II. 228 (uddesena paripucchāya ovādena by recitation, questioning & advice); II, 219 (°ṃ dadāti to hold a recitation + paripucchaṃ d); A. IV, 114 (+ paripucchā); V, 50 sq. (pañho, u. veyyākaraṇaṃ); Nd2 3852 (+ paripucchā); J. I, 116; Miln. 257 (+paripucchā). ek’uddesa a single repetition Vin. III, 47; A. III, 67, 180; Miln. 10, 18. (Page 136)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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

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uddēśa (उद्देश).—m (S) Purpose or design: also meaning, intent, mind. 2 Pointing out; showing, describing.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

uddēśa (उद्देश).—m Purpose or design. Meaning, intent.

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

Uddeśa (उद्देश).—1 Pointing to or at, directing; सूर्योद्देशेन तिला दातव्याः (sūryoddeśena tilā dātavyāḥ) Pt.2 in the name of.

2) Mention, specification; सार्धप्रहरद्वयोद्देशे (sārdhapraharadvayoddeśe) Pt.5; स्वरसंस्कारोद्देशः (svarasaṃskāroddeśaḥ) Nir.

3) Illustration, explanation, exemplification.

4) Ascertainment, determination, inquiry, investigation, search.

5) A brief statement or account; एष तूद्देशतः प्रोक्तो विभूतेर्विस्तरो मया (eṣa tūddeśataḥ prokto vibhūtervistaro mayā) Bg.1.4; Mb.8.69.54.

6) Assignment, allotment.

7) Stipulation, bargain.

8) Object, motive; कृतोद्देशः स बीभत्सुः (kṛtoddeśaḥ sa bībhatsuḥ) Mb.3.158.3.

9) A spot, region, place; अहो प्रवातसुभगोयमुद्देशः (aho pravātasubhagoyamuddeśaḥ) Ś.3; M.3; वन° (vana°) a part of the forest.

1) Upper region, high position.

11) (In phil.) The enunciation of a thing by its name (which is to be further discussed and explained), the other two processes being लक्षण (lakṣaṇa) and परीक्षा (parīkṣā).

Derivable forms: uddeśaḥ (उद्देशः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uddeśa (उद्देश).—m.

(-śaḥ) 1. Illustration, explanation, exemplification. 2. Search, enquiry. 3. Stipulation, bargain. 4. An object, a motive. mfn.

(-śaḥ-śā-śaṃ) Relative to. E. ud and deśa showing.

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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