Vaicitrya: 17 definitions


Vaicitrya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vaichitrya.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) refers to a “variety (of successive phenomena)”, according to the Vṛtti on the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.165.—Accordingly, “[...] And this [generality of externality] is established in the [mere] experience: ‘[this is] external to the house.’ And as a consequence, [something] may be established to be external to consciousness as well and to project [its specific form onto consciousness], just as [something is external] to a mirror [and projects its specific form onto the mirror, and it may be established to be so] on the basis of the [logical] reason that is the variety of successive phenomena (kramika-ābhāsa-vaicitrya) [experienced by any conscious being]”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) refers to the “diversity (of the world)”, according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.11]—“[...] The diversity of the world (jagat-vaicitrya) has passed away from him, [as have] contracted manifestations [such as persons or things]. He is called the threefold protector because he protects all and he is the liberating, because he is the savior. Śiva is Mṛtyujit, whose nature is Paramaśiva, which is salvation. He protects those whose minds are terrified And this is the nirvacana of netranātha on the basis of similarity of syllables and vowels. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vaicitrya in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) refers to “wonderful diversity”, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya verse 7.193cd-195.— Accordingly, “Once pierced through the divine plane of consciousness which is attended by the Sun of Consciousness and, having melted it with the rays of consciousness and drunk the best of juices, (one attains) the Supreme Void, which is consciousness free of being and non-being. Within it is the juice of the essence which has expanded out of the Supreme Void. It is the field of one's own inner outpouring and is diversified by many kinds of wonderful diversity (nānā-vaicitrya-citrita)”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) [=Citra?] refers to “wonderful” (creation), according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] O goddess, I praise you with mind and speech. [...] Dwelling originally in the abode of Śiva, you multiply yourself sixfold and prepare the path of existence where you nurture wonderful and manifold creation (vaicitrya-citra-racana-udbhava) with your own six forms. You shed moonlight on the path of Suṣumṇā that is charming due to the beautiful appearance of the six lotuses serving as [your] bases”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) refers to the “sorrow (of life)”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Brother, deceived by living beings, you do not obtain happiness, you do not contemplate your own true nature, you do not perceive the sorrow of life (janman-vaicitryana vetsi janmavaicitryaṃ)”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaicitrya in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—n S Variegatedness, diversifiedness as to color.

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

vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—n Variegatedness.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaicitrya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—[vicitrasya bhāvaḥ ṣyañ]

1) Variety, diversity.

2) Manifoldness.

3) Strangeness.

4) Strikingness; as in वाच्यवैचित्र्य (vācyavaicitrya) K. P.1.

5) Surprise.

6) Sorrow, despair.

Derivable forms: vaicitryam (वैचित्र्यम्).

See also (synonyms): vaicitra.

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—n.

(-tryaṃ) 1. Variety. 2. Surprise. 3. Manifoldness. E. vicitra astonishing, ṣyañ aff.

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—i. e. vi-citra + ya, n. 1. Variety, [Hitopadeśa] pr. [distich] 2, M. M. 2. Surprisingness, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 16, 2; surprise, 36, 9. 3. Sorrow, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 46, 12; despair, 66, 16.

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य).—[neuter] variety, diversity.

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

1) Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य):—[from vaicitra] n. variety, manifoldness, diversity, [Kapila; Hitopadeśa; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] = vaicitrī above, [Kāvya literature; Sāhitya-darpaṇa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] [wrong reading] for vaicittya, [Mālatīmādhava]

4) [v.s. ...] sorrow, despair, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य):—(tryaṃ) 1. n. Variety; wonderfulness.

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vaicitta.

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Vaicitrya in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

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

Vaicitrya (वैचित्र्य):—(nm) peculiarity, typicalness; characteristic quality; strangeness.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vaicitrya in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vaicitrya (ವೈಚಿತ್ರ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] quality, state, fact or instance of being diverse; diversity.

2) [noun] the feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.; wonder.

3) [noun] that which is quite unusual or uncommon; strangeness.

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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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