Vasana, Vāsana, Vāsanā, Vashana, Vaśanā, Vasāna, Vāśana, Vasanā: 21 definitions


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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

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

Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram Introduction

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: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

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.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Vāsanā (वासना).—A wish or desire.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 13.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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)

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

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

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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)

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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

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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

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.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vasana (वसन).—m., ardent desire, passion, attachment: °naḥ Mahāvyutpatti 7534 (so also Mironov) = Tibetan chags zhen; meaning con- firmed Chin. and Japanese Nowhere else recorded. We should naturally think it a MIndic equivalent of Sanskrit vyasana, compare AMg. vasaṇa (Pali = Sanskrit), but this word is otherwise nt.

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Vāsana (वासन).—nt., much more commonly °nā (= Pali °nā, no °na recorded; °nā, but not °na, is used in a closely similar way in Sanskrit), impression, result of past deeds and experience on the personality; Lévi, Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) xx-xxi.54 imprégnation, les appétits en tant que résultant d'actes antérieurs; commonly ([Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary], LaV-P. on Abhidharmakośa iv. 249, Suzuki, Gloss.) derived from Sanskrit vāsayati, per- fumes; Suzuki, l.c., perfuming impression, memory, habit- energy; LaV-P. op. cit. vii.72, 77 etc., traces; the nt. °nam occurs in Abhidharmakośa LaV-P. iv. 249 and Index, also Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 265.17 (verse) vāsanair; regularly in bad sense, as some- thing to be got rid of, Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) l.c., above; rāgadoṣakaluṣā sāvāsanā (for sa°, m.c.) uddhṛtā Lalitavistara 291.1 (verse), passion, hatred, and impurity, with the (evil) impressions (of the past; so Tibetan, bag chags bcas), are destroyed; sarvā rāga- kileśa bandhanalatā sāvāsanā (as in prec.; so mss., here Lefm. em. so vā°!) chetsyati Lalitavistara 294.6 (verse), he will cut off all the creepers of bondage…together with the impres- sions (Tibetan as above); °nā Mahāvyutpatti 6594 = Tibetan bag chags (so regularly), habit, inclination, propensity ([Tibetan-English Dictionary]), Jäschke (Tibetan-English Dictionary) passion instead of habit; stated to be usually bad tho sometimes good; Lalitavistara 428.2 (prose); 433.19 (prose); Gaṇḍavyūha 496.13 (prose); Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 37.19; 38.2 ff.; vāsanā-vāsita, per- [Page479-a+ 71] meated by impressions, Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 92.16 etc., here regularly in bad sense (compare below); vāsanābhiniveśa-vāsita Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 80.8—9; sometimes in a good sense, vāsanā-bhāgīyāṃ sattvāṃ vāsanāyām avasthāpayanto (or °yamāno) Mahāvastu i.34.5; ii.419.5, (the Buddha) making creatures that participate in (good) impressions (note preceding parallels puṇya and phala) firm in (such an) impression; see vāsita-vāsana, which is complimentary in Lalitavistara and Mahāvastu; perhaps indifferent, incl. both good and bad, yathāgatisaṃbandha-vāsanā- vāsita-tāṃ ca (yathābhūtaṃ prajānāti) Daśabhūmikasūtra 75.21-22.

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

Vasana (वसन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Cloth or clothes. 2. Covering, clothing. 3. A dwelling, a house. 4. An ornament worn by women round the loins. 5. Dwelling, residing. E. vas to be clothed, &c., aff. lyuṭ .

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Vasāna (वसान).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Wearing, putting on, (as clothes.) E. vas to clothe, śānac aff.

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Vāśana (वाशन).—n.

(-naṃ) The cry or song of birds, bees, and the like. E. vāś to sound as a bird, lyuṭ aff.

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Vāsana (वासन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Fit for clothes or dwelling, &c. n.

(-naṃ) 1. Perfuming, fumigating or perfuming with fragrant vapour, or with incense, &c. 2. Cloth, clothes. 3. Abiding, abode. 4. A particular posture in which abstract meditation is performed; it is also a posture conceived to be peculiarly proper in princes and chiefs, and is then described as sitting with the knees bent and the feet turned backwards. 5. Knowledge. 6. A water-jar. 7. A box, a basket, a vessel, &c. 8. An envelope. 9. Any receptacle. 10. Steeping, infusing. f.

(-nā) 1. The knowledge of anything derived from memory, the present consciousness of past perceptions. 2. Fancy, imagination. 3. Trust, confidence. 4. Ignorance. 5. Wish, desire. E. vas to dwell, &c., aff. yuc; or vasana clothes, and aṇ aff.

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

Vasana (वसन).—1. [neuter] garment, cloth, clothing; [dual] under and upper garment, adj. —° clothed in.

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Vasana (वसन).—2. [neuter] staying, dwelling, abode.

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Vāśana (वाशन).—[adjective] croaking.

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Vāsana (वासन).—1. [neuter] garment, dress; box.

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Vāsana (वासन).—2. [neuter] causing to abide, lodging; [feminine] ā thought or desire of ([locative]); impression of (—°), notion, idea.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vāsanā (वासना) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Siddhāntaśiromaṇiṭīkā by Mohanadāsa.

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