Vashitva, Vasitvā, Vaśitva, Vasitva: 14 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Vaśitva can be transliterated into English as Vasitva or Vashitva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vashitva in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vaśitva (वशित्व) refers to the “power of control”, representing the achievements of the north-western petal of the Aṣṭadala (mystical diagram of the lotus of eight petals), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] the Liṅga shall be purified and installed with various mantras beginning with Praṇava and ending with Namaḥ (obeisance). The pedestal in the form of Svastika or lotus shall be assigned with Praṇava. In the eight petals, in the eight quarters, the eight achievements are identified [viz., the north-western is Vaśitva (power of control)]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vaśitva (वशित्व).—One of the eight attributes of yoga; controls all creatures; whatever he desires results.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 13. 4, 16.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Vaśitva (वशित्व) refers to “one who controls”, according to the Guhyasūtra, the largest book of the Niśvāsa-corpus (a collection of early Śaiva Tantras comprising the Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra, and Guhyasūtra).—Accordingly, “I am Puruṣatattva and you are Prakṛti and also Niyati; … Maheśvara is Time; you are Māyā and Vidyā, while I am Īśvara-tattva. I, O goddess, am Sadāśiva [and] you are mistress of the 4 kalās. (137–138) Because I rule, I control (vaśitva), I am omniscient, because I am permanently at rest, without division and in equilibrium, I am Śiva. (139) You are my Will, not to be crossed, for you are the one from whom the power of the śaktis arises! The whole universe has sprung from you; You bestow Śiva-nature, O you of true compassion! (140)”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vashitva in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Vaśitva (वशित्व) refers to “(the supernatural power of) control over the world”, and as one of the “eight common Yogic paranormal powers”, represents one of the various signs and paranormal powers (siddhi) experienced by the Yoga practicioner, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise.—The last fifty-two verses of the Amanaska’s first chapter describe a temporal sequence of psychosomatic signs and paranormal powers (siddhi) brought about by absorption (laya). In the Amanaska, The 8 common yogic paranormal powers are, [e.g., the power of control over the world (vaśitva)], [...] This list is similar to that given in Pātañjalayogaśāstra 3.45.

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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: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds

Vaśitva (वशित्व) refers to “domination” and represents one of the eleven types of extraordinary form-changing (vikriyā), which itself is a subclass of the eight ṛddhis (extraordinary powers). These powers can be obtained by the Ārya (civilized people) in order to produce worldly miracles. The Āryas represent one of the two classes of human beings according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.46, the other being Mleccha (barbarians).

What is meant by extraordinary power to domination (vaśitva-riddhi)? It is the extraordinary power by which one dominates over human and subhuman beings.

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

Vaśitva (वशित्व) refers to the “power” (of death), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Fools mourn for relations experiencing the results of their own actions [but] because of the confusion of [their] intelligence [they do] not [mourn for] themselves situated in Yama’s fangs.—[com.—Next he speaks about the power (vaśitvaṃ) of death (mṛtyoḥ) even over the three times (traikālye) for the men of old (purāṇapuruṣāṇām)]—In this forest that is the cycle of rebirth dwelt in by Yama the serpent-king, the men of olden times, who were eternal previously, have come to an end”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Vashitva in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vasitvā : (abs. of vasati) having lived; having abided; having dwelt; having stayed.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaśitva (वशित्व).—

1) Subjection, control.

2) Bewitching, fascinating.

3) The supernatural or magical power of subduing others to one's own will (one of the aṣṭasiddhis).

4) Self-command.

Derivable forms: vaśitvam (वशित्वम्).

See also (synonyms): vaśitā.

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

Vasitvā (वसित्वा).—Ind. Having put on, (as clothes,) wearing. E. vas to wear, ktvā aff.

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

Vaśitva (वशित्व).—[neuter] self-control or power over ([locative]).

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

1) Vaśitva (वशित्व):—[=vaśi-tva] [from vaśi > vaś] n. freedom of will, the being one’s own master, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] power or dominion over ([locative case]), [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

3) [v.s. ...] the supernatural power of subduing to one’s own will, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa; Pañcarātra] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] mastery of one’s self, self-command, [Kumāra-sambhava; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] subduing by magical means, fascinating, bewitching, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Vaśitva (वशित्व) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vasitta.

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Vashitva 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

Vaśitva (ವಶಿತ್ವ):—

1) [noun] the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command; control.

2) [noun] an overcoming by physical, mental or moral force; a conquering; subjugation.

3) [noun] (yoga.) a yogic accomplishment by which one can control other people’s mind and make them obey him.

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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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