Vasana, aka: Vāsana, Vāsanā, Vashana, Vaśanā, Vasāna, Vāśana, Vasanā; 15 Definition(s)


Vasana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Vaśanā and Vāśana can be transliterated into English as Vasana or Vashana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Vāsanā (वासना):—Sanskrit technical term corresponding to “mental imprints”, used in various texts on Yoga.

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Vāsanā (वासना):—Recitation of Śrī Rudram removes our vāsanās (the impression of anything remaining unconsciously in the mind, the present consciousness of past perceptions), by imparting higher spiritual knowledge like Upaniṣads

Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram Introduction

Vāsanā (वासना, “imaging”) is explained in the 10th-century Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.60-66.—The vāsanā (imaging) refers to the object that the practitioner visualizes in each sādhana.

Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra
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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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Vasana (वसन) is a general name for “clothing” once commonly made by craftsmen in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Craftsmen and their tools are referred to in the Nīlamata which enjoins upon the inhabitants of Kaśmīra the worship of Viśvakarmā—the originator of all crafts.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Vāsanā (वासना).—Wife of the Vasu named Arka. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 6).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vāsanā (वासना).—A wife of Arka, a Vasu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 13.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Vāsana (वासन, “scenting”).—One of the processes for manufacturing cosmetics and perfumes mentioned by Gaṅgādhara;—Vāsana means scenting with the perfumes of flowers etc.

Source: Studies in India Cultural History: Indian Science of Cosmetics and Perfumery
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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.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

Vāsana (वासन) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.31.14, I.35) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vāsana) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Vasanā is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.28.19) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

The instinctive root inclinations (vāsanā) of a prior state become transformed into karma. A man works in accordance with his vāsanā and by vāsanā gets what he wants. Vāsanā and karma are, therefore, more or less like the potential and actual states of the same entity.

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

Vāsanā (वासना).—A wish or desire.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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Pali-English dictionary

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vasana : (nt.) dwelling; living; a clothe. || vāsana (nt.), perfuming; making to inhabit. vāsanā (f.) former impression; recollection of the past.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Vāsana, 2 (adj. -nt.) (=vasana2) dwelling Dpvs. V, 18. (Page 610)

2) Vāsana, 1 (adj. -nt.) (=vasana1) clothing, clothed in (-°) PvA. 173. (Page 610)

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1) Vasana, 2 (nt.) (fr. vasati2) dwelling (-place), abode; usually in cpds. like °gāma the village where (he) lived J. II, 153; °ṭṭhāna residence, dwelling place PvA. 12, 42, 92; DhA. I, 323 and passim. (Page 604)

2) Vasana, 1 (nt.) (fr. vasati1) clothing, clothes Sn. 971; Th. 2, 374; D. III, 118 (odāta°), 124 (id.); Nd1 495 (the six cīvarāni); PvA. 49.—vasanāni clothing Mhvs 22, 30.—vasana (-°) as adj. “clothed, ” e.g. odāta° wearing white robes Vin. I, 187; kāsāya° clad in yellow robes Mhvs 18, 10; pilotika° in rags J. IV, 380; suci° in bright garments Sn. 679; Pv. I, 108. (Page 604)

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Vāsanā, (f.) (fr. vasati2 = vāsa2, but by Rh. D. following the P. Com̄. connected with vāseti & vāsa3) that which remains in the mind, tendencies of the past, impression, usually as pubba° former impression (Sn. 1009; Miln. 10, 263).—Cp. Nett 4, 21, 48, 128, 133 sq. 153, 158 sq. 189 sq.—Cp. BSk. vāsanā, e.g. MVastu I. 345. (Page 610)

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

vasaṇa (वसण).—n Rubbish brought and left by a river or stream, alluvion. 2 (Vulgar for vēsaṇa) The nosebridle of a bullock or male-buffalo.

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vasana (वसन).—n S Clothes or cloth. 2 Clothing, covering, dress. 3 A dwelling-place, a habitation, a mansion.

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vāsana (वासन).—n (S) The wrapper of a bale. 2 S Fumigating or perfuming with incense or fragrant vapor. 3 S Abiding or staying. 4 S A posture of abstract meditation. 5 S Cloth or clothes.

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vāsanā (वासना).—f (S) Disposition, disposedness, predominant inclination or mind. Pr. vāsanēsārakhēṃ phaḷa. 2 A desire or wish generally. Ex. cittīṃ dharilī vā0 || siddhi nyāvī nārāyaṇā ||. 3 Conversancy with; acquaintance with through versedness in. Ex. kāṃhīṃ śāstrācī vā0 asalī mhaṇajē bōlaṇēṃ prauḍha paḍatēṃ. Ex. of comp. śāstravāsanā, gaṇitavāsanā, nyāyavāsanā. 4 Specifically, the dying desire, the last and earnest longing of the departing soul. This sentiment and the use of this word to express it are familiar to the very vulgar. vā0 ōḍhāḷa āhē Desire (i. e. the heart) is craving, grasping, insatiate &c. vā0 phajīta karaṇēṃ To mock desire by slight and insufficient gratification: also to disappoint a desire or an expectation. vā0 phōḍaṇēṃ or mōḍaṇēṃ To disappoint or break a desire, inclination, or lusting. Ex. vā0 phōḍuniyā || cūrṇa kēlī supārī ||.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vasana (वसन).—n Clothes or cloth; clothing. A mansion.

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vāsana (वासन).—n The wrapper of a bale. Cloth. Abiding.

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vāsanā (वासना).—f Disposedness. A desire. Conversancy with.

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

Vaśanā (वशना).—A neck-ornament of ladies; सारसनं सारशनं वसना वशना तथा (sārasanaṃ sāraśanaṃ vasanā vaśanā tathā) Śabdaratnāvalī.

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Vasana (वसन).—[vas-ādhāre lyuṭ]

1) Dwelling, residing, staying.

2) A house, residence.

3) Dressing, clothing, covering.

4) A garment, cloth, dress, clothes; वसने परिधूसरे वसाना (vasane paridhūsare vasānā) Ś.7.21; उत्सङ्गे वा मलिनवसने सौम्य निक्षिप्य वीणाम् (utsaṅge vā malinavasane saumya nikṣipya vīṇām) Me.88,43.

5) An ornament worn (by women) round the loins, (probably for rasanā).

6) Siege.

7) A leaf of the cinnamon tree.

-nā (in comp.)

1) Clothed in.

2) Surrounded by; समुद्रवसने देवि पर्वतस्तनमण्डले (samudravasane devi parvatastanamaṇḍale).

3) Engrossed by.

Derivable forms: vasanam (वसनम्).

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Vasāna (वसान).—a. Dwelling; वसानस्तत्र वै पुर्यामदितर्विप्रियंकरम् (vasānastatra vai puryāmaditarvipriyaṃkaram) Mb.12.339.91.

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Vāśana (वाशन).—

1) Roaring, howling, growling, yelling &c.

2) The warbling or cry of birds, humming (of bees &c.).

Derivable forms: vāśanam (वाशनम्).

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Vāsana (वासन).—[vās-lyuṭ]

1) Perfuming, scenting.

2) Infusing.

3) Dwelling, abiding.

4) An abode, a dwelling.

5) Any receptacle, a basket, box, vessel &c.; वासनस्थ- मनाख्याय हस्तेऽन्यस्य यदर्प्यते (vāsanastha- manākhyāya haste'nyasya yadarpyate) Y.2.65. (vāsanaṃ nikṣepādhārabhūtaṃ saṃpuṭādikaṃ samudraṃ granthyādiyutam).

6) Knowledge.

7) Clothes, dress.

8) A cover, an envelope.

9) A kind of posture practised by ascetics in abstract meditation.

Derivable forms: vāsanam (वासनम्).

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Vāsanā (वासना).—

1) Knowledge derived from memory; cf. भावना (bhāvanā).

2) Particularly, the impression unconsciously left on the mind by past good or bad actions, which therefore produces pleasure or pain.

3) Fancy, imagination, idea.

4) False idea, ignorance.

5) A wish, desire, expectation, inclination; संसारवासनाबद्धशृङ्खला (saṃsāravāsanābaddhaśṛṅkhalā) Gīt.3.

6) Regard, liking, respectful regard; तेषां (teṣāṃ) (pakṣiṇāṃ) मध्ये मम तु महती वासना चातकेषु (madhye mama tu mahatī vāsanā cātakeṣu) Bv.4.17.

7) Perfuming, scenting.

8) (In math) Proof, demonstration.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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