Vancaka, Vañcaka, Vamcaka: 15 definitions


Vancaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vanchaka.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Vañcaka (वञ्चक) refers to “one who cheats (death)”, according to the Haṭhapradīpikā of Svātmārāma: an influential 15th-century Sanskrit manual on Hatha-Yoga dealing with techniques to channel one’s vital energy.—Accordingly, “All methods of Haṭha and Layayogas are for the attainment of Rājayoga. The man who has ascended to Rājayoga cheats death (kāla-vañcaka). The highest reality is the seed, Haṭhayoga the field and detachment the water. Because of [these] three, the no-mind state, which is the wish-fulfilling vine, immediately shoots forth”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक) refers to “deceiving”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Is one not disturbed by [family] attachments? Is this body not cut down by diseases? Does death not open its mouth? Do calamities not do harm every day? Are hells not dreadful? Are not sensual pleasures deceiving like a dream (vañcakasvapanavad bhogā na kiṃ vañcakā)? Because of which, having discarded one’s own benefit, you have a desire for the world which is like a city of Kiṃnaras”.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vañcaka : (m.) a cheat; fraudulent.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vañcaka (वंचक).—a (S) That cheats, tricks, imposes upon; a cheat, rogue, knave.

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

vañcaka (वंचक).—a That cheats, a cheat.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vañcaka (वञ्चक).—a. [vañc-ṇic-ṇvul]

1) Fraudulent, deceitful, crafty.

2) Cheating, deceiving.

-kaḥ 1 A rogue, cheat, swindler.

2) A jackal.

3) Musk-rat.

4) A tame ichneumon.

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Fraudulent, crafty. m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A jackal 2. A tame or house ichneumon. 3. A rogue, a cheat. 4. A low or vile man. 5. A musk-rat. f.

(-cikā) Cheating. E. vañc to cheat, ṇvul aff.

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक).—[vañc + aka], I. adj. Fraudulent. Ii. m. 1. A cheat, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 87, 11; a rogue, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 9, 257. 2. A vile man. 3. A jackal. 4. A tame, or house icneumon.

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक).—[masculine] deceiver, jackal (vacana = vañcanavacana).

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

1) Vañcaka (वञ्चक):—[from vañc] mf(ā)n. ([from] [Causal]) deceiving, a deceiver, fraudulent, crafty, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. a jackal, [Vāsavadattā; Hitopadeśa]

3) [v.s. ...] a tame or house-ichneumon, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a low or vile man, [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक):—(kaḥ) 1. m. A jackal; tame ichneumon; a deceiver or cheat. a. Crafty, cheating, fraudulent.

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

Vañcaka (वञ्चक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Vaṃcaa, Vaṃcaga.

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Vancaka 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vaṃcaka (ವಂಚಕ):—[adjective] tending to deceive; having a tendence to cheat.

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Vaṃcaka (ವಂಚಕ):—

1) [noun] a man who habitually cheats, deceives others; a cheat; a fraud.

2) [noun] the nocturnal wild dog Canis aureus, that scavenge or hunt in packs; a jackal.

3) [noun] a variety of mongoose that feeds on rodents, birds, and eggs, noted esp. for its ability to kill cobras and other venomous snakes.

4) [noun] a kind of small sized rat with a long snout;ವಂಚಕನಿಗೆ ಸಂಚುಕೊಡು [vamcakanige samcukodu] vancakanige sancu koḍu cheat the cheat; deceive the deceiver.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Vañcaka (वञ्चक):—n. 1. jackal; fox; 2. cheat; betrayer; rogue; fraudster; adj. cunning; deceptive; sly; crafty;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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