Upadesha, Upadeśa, Upadesa: 24 definitions



Upadesha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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 Upadeśa can be transliterated into English as Upadesa or Upadesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Updesh.

Images (photo gallery)

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Upadesha in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—One of the ten lakṣaṇas of the Brāhmaṇas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 139.
Purana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Purana from relevant books on Exotic India

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra

Upadeśa (उपदेश) refers to “guidance” 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.

Arthashastra book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Arthashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Upadeśa (उपदेश, “instruction”) refers to one of the twelve froms of verbal representation (vācika), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These verbal representations are to be expressed using the various representations of the body (śārira). Vācika forms a part of abhinaya (techniques of representation) which is used in communicating the meaning of the drama (nāṭya) and calling forth the sentiment (rasa).

According to the Nāṭyaśāastra, “to say ‘do this’ or ‘take this’ is an example of instruction (upadeśa)”.

Natyashastra book cover
context information

Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Natyashastra from relevant books on Exotic India

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—Instruction; original enunciation; first or original precepts or teaching; cf. उपदेश आद्योच्चारणम् (upadeśa ādyoccāraṇam) S. K. on T the rule उपदेशेजनुनासिक इत् (upadeśejanunāsika it) P.I.3.2. cf. वर्णानामुपदेशः कर्तव्यः (varṇānāmupadeśaḥ kartavyaḥ); M. Bh. on Āhn. I. Vārt. 15. For difference between उपदेश (upadeśa) and उद्देश (uddeśa) see उद्देश (uddeśa); cf. also उपदिश्यतेनेनेत्युपदेशः । शास्त्र-वाक्यानि, सूत्रपाठः खिलपाठश्च (upadiśyatenenetyupadeśaḥ | śāstra-vākyāni, sūtrapāṭhaḥ khilapāṭhaśca) Kāśikā on P. I.3.2; cf. also Vyāḍi. Pari. 5; (2) employment (of a word) for others cf. उपेदशः परार्थः प्रयोगः । स्वयमेव तु बुद्धया यदा प्ररमृशति तदा नास्त्युपदेशः (upedaśaḥ parārthaḥ prayogaḥ | svayameva tu buddhayā yadā praramṛśati tadā nāstyupadeśaḥ) Kāś. on अदोनुपदेशे (adonupadeśe) P.I.4.70.

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Vyakarana from relevant books on Exotic India

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: gurumukhi.ru: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Upadeśa (उपदेश):—[upadeśaḥ] Authoritative instructions; statements of enlightened persons which are in the form of advice or injunction

Ayurveda book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Ayurveda from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

sanskit; lit: 'instruction' or 'advice'.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Upadeśa (उपदेश) refers to “knowledge regarding teachings”, having its roots in the four Vedas, according Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter IV). Accordingly, at the time of the Buddha, the knowledge regarding teachings (upadeśa) was commonly exchanged between Brahmins and cow-herders.

2) Upadeśa (उपदेश, “exegesis”) refers to one of the twelve members of Buddhist texts (dvādaśāṅga), according to a note attached to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 51.—The upadeśa (‘exegesis’) responds to questioners and explains the ‘why’; furthermore, it broadly explains the meanings (artha). Moreover, the following are also called upadeśa: a. the Commentaries given by the Buddha, b. the sūtras explained by Mahākātyāyana, c. the teachings given in accordance with the Dharma by worldly individuals (pṛthagjana) up to the period of the counterfeit Dharma.

Mahayana book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Mahayana from relevant books on Exotic India

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Upadeśa (उपदेश, “instruction”) refers to one of the “nine (types of) teachings” (sūtra) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 62). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., upadeśa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadesha in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

upadesa : (m.) advice; indication; instruction.

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

Upadesa, (fr. upadisati) pointing out, indication, instruction, advice PvA. 26 (tadupadesena read for tadupād°; KhA 208 differs at id. p.); KhA 100; Sdhp. 227. (Page 142)

Pali book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Pali from relevant books on Exotic India

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

upadēśa (उपदेश).—m (S) Instruction, teaching, communicating knowledge. 2 Advice, counsel, admonition. 3 Impartation of or initiation in a mantra.

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

upadēśa (उपदेश).—m Instruction. Advice, admoni- tion. Initiation in a mantra.

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Marathi from relevant books on Exotic India

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—

1) Instruction, teaching, advice, prescription; एष आदेशः, एष उपदेशः (eṣa ādeśaḥ, eṣa upadeśaḥ) Tait. Up.1.11.4. सुशिक्षितोऽपि सर्व उपदेशेन निपुणो भवति (suśikṣito'pi sarva upadeśena nipuṇo bhavati) M.1 (see the act inter alia); स्थिरोपदेशामुपदेशकाले प्रपेदिरे प्राक्तनजन्मविद्याः (sthiropadeśāmupadeśakāle prapedire prāktanajanmavidyāḥ) Ku.1.3; अचिरप्रवृत्तोपदेशं नाट्यम् (acirapravṛttopadeśaṃ nāṭyam) M.1,2.1; Ś.2.3; Ms.8.272; Amaru.29; R.12.57; K.26; M.6; परोपदेशे पाण्डित्यम् (paropadeśe pāṇḍityam) H.1.99.

2) Pointing out or referring to; शब्दानामितरे- तरोपदेशः (śabdānāmitare- taropadeśaḥ) Nir.

3) Specification, mentioning, naming.

4) A plea, pretext.

5) Initiation, communication of an initiatory Mantra or formula; चन्द्रसूर्यग्रहे तीर्थे सिद्धक्षेत्रे शिवालये । मन्त्रमात्रप्रकथनमुपदेशः स उच्यते (candrasūryagrahe tīrthe siddhakṣetre śivālaye | mantramātraprakathanamupadeśaḥ sa ucyate) ||

6) (In gram.) A form in a rule, an indicatory form (any word or part of a word, such as an affix, augment &c. with its anubandhas which show what particular grammatical rules are to be applied. उपदेश आद्योच्चारणम् (upadeśa ādyoccāraṇam) Sk.

Derivable forms: upadeśaḥ (उपदेशः).

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

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—m., name of a type of Buddhist literature, one of the pravacana (last in both lists, ninth in Dharmasaṃgraha, twelfth in Mahāvyutpatti), lit. instruction: Dharmasaṃgraha 62; Mahāvyutpatti 1278. App. not so used in Pali.See Burnouf, Intr. 65 f.

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

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—m.

(-śaḥ) 1. Advice, information, instruction. 2. Plea, pretext. 3. Specification. 4. Initiation, communication of the initiatory Mantra or fomula. 5. (In grammar,) An elementary term. E. upa before diś to shew, affix ghañ.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—i. e. upa-diś + a, m. 1. Instruction, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 12. 2. Advice, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 40, 4. 3. A pretext, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 268.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upadeśa (उपदेश).—[masculine] hint, direction, advice, instruction; indicatory or conventional form ([grammar]).

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

1) Upadeśa (उपदेश):—[=upa-deśa] [from upa-diś] a m. pointing out to, reference to, [Pāṇini 1-4, 70; Kapila; Bādarāyaṇa’s Brahma-sūtra; Jaimini] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] specification, instruction, teaching, information, advice, prescription, [Taittirīya-upaniṣad; Mahābhārata; Manu-smṛti; Suśruta; Śakuntalā; Hitopadeśa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] plea, pretext (= apa-deśa), [Manu-smṛti ix, 268; Raghuvaṃśa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [v.s. ...] initiation, communication of the initiatory Mantra or formula, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

5) [v.s. ...] (in [grammar]) original enunciation (id est. the original form [often having an Anubandha] in which a root, base, affix, augment, or any word or part of a word is enunciated in grammatical treatises), [Pāṇini; Kāśikā-vṛtti; Siddhānta-kaumudī] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a class of writings ([Buddhist literature])

7) [v.s. ...] a name, title, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

8) [=upa-deśa] b etc. See upa-√diś.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upadeśa (उपदेश):—[upa-deśa] (śaḥ) 1. m. Instruction.

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

Upadeśa (उपदेश) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Uvaesa.

[Sanskrit to German]

Upadesha in German

context information

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.

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Sanskrit from relevant books on Exotic India

Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Upadesha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Upadeśa (उपदेश) [Also spelled updesh]:—(nm) precept, sermon; preaching, teaching; ~[vāda] didacticism; ~[vādī] didactician; didactic; [upadeśātmaka] didactic; hence [upadiṣṭa] (a).

context information


Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Hindi from relevant books on Exotic India

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Upadēśa (ಉಪದೇಶ):—

1) [noun] teaching of fundamentals of some subject to; instruction.

2) [noun] opinion given as to what to do or how to handle a situation; counsel; advice.

3) [noun] initiation or communication of a mystic hymn or a formula.

--- OR ---

Upādēśa (ಉಪಾದೇಶ):—[noun] an instruction; an order; a behest.

context information

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

Discover the meaning of upadesha or upadesa in the context of Kannada from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: