Upasarpana, aka: Upasarpaṇa; 6 Definition(s)


Upasarpana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण) refers to the “rite of approaching the deity” and is mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.20 while explaining the mode of worshipping an earthen phallic image (pārthiva-liṅga) according to the Vedic rites:—“[...] the Nyāsa of the deity shall be performed with the mantra ‘Asau Jīva’ etc. The rite of approaching the deity (upasarpaṇa) shall be performed with the mantra ‘Asau Yovasarpati’ etc.”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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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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Vaisheshika (school of philosophy)

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Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण, “outgoing”) happens when the “mind moves out of one body”, according to Kaṇāda.—Kaṇāda has stated that since mind moves out of one body (upasarpaṇa) and moves into (apasarpaṇa) another body at the time of death, hence it is proved that this is caused due to an unseen force (adṛṣṭa) and is made possible due to conjunction and disjunction. Praśastapāda has accepted this and Udayana has clarified it by saying that moving out of one body is in fact the motion of mind which affects its disjunction, while moving into another body is also the motion of mind leading to its conjunction. So these two attributes have to be accepted as pertaining to the mind, otherwise there will not be any logical explanation for rebirth.

Source: Google Books: Classical Vaisesika in Indian Philosophy
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण) refers to the event of particles “approaching one another”, as mentioned by Dharmakīrti in his commentary on the compendium of epistemology.—“If many particles (paramāṇava) produce an additional factor (atiśaya) by approaching (upasarpaṇa) one another, a combination (saṃhata) is produced that is capable of generating a cognition, and they can be... a cause of cognition”.

Source: Google Books: Dignāga's Investigation of the Percept

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण).—n S Going or coming near unto, approaching.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

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Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण).—See under उपसृ, -सृज्, -सृप् (upasṛ, -sṛj, -sṛp).

See also (synonyms): upasara, upasarga.

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Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण).—Going near, approaching, advancing towards.

Derivable forms: upasarpaṇam (उपसर्पणम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upasarpaṇa (उपसर्पण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) Approaching, advancing to. E. upa near, sṛp to go, lyuṭ aff.

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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