Vasi, aka: Vashi, Vaśī, Vāśī, Vāśi, Vāsi, Vaśi; 9 Definition(s)


Vasi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Vaśī and Vāśī and Vāśi and Vaśi can be transliterated into English as Vasi or Vashi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

[Vasi in Dhanurveda glossaries]

Vāsi (वासि) refers to a weapon (a carpenter’s adze). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[Vasi in Shaivism glossaries]

Vaśī (वशी, “controlling”) or Vaśya refers to one of the “seven means” (saptopāya) to be performed when a mantra does not manifest its effect, as explained in the 10th-century Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.98-100. Vaśya brings the mantra under his control. One should write the mantra with red sandalwood, costus, turmeric, beeswax, and red arsenic on a birch bark, and wear it around oneʼs neck. If this does not work, the pīḍana comes next.

Accordingly, “being awoken in this way, it will have an effect. If not, one should carry out the vaśī (controlling). Having written the mantra with the ārakta-candana (red sandalwood), kuṣṭha (costus), haridrā (turmeric), madana (beeswax), and śilā (red arsenic) on a beautiful leaf of birch bark, one should wear it around his neck. [Then] the mantra will have an effect. [It is called vaśya.] [If the controlled mantra does not have an effect], one should perform the pīḍana (pressing)”.

Note on kuṣṭha: the Śrīvidyārṇavatantra (Chapter 16 p.378) support dāru (Deodar). Note on śilā: the Tattvacintāmaṇi (20.99) support sihla (olibanum).

(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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Vasi in Theravada glossaries]

An epithet of Mahabrahma. E.g.,

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

'mastery'. Vis.M. IV speaks of 5 kinds of m., which anyone who wishes to develop the absorptions (jhāna, q.v.) should acquire first of all, with regard to the 1st absorption, namely:

  • mastery in adverting to it (āvajjana-vasī),

  • in entering it (samāpajjana-vasī),

  • in determining it (adhitthāna-vasī),

  • in rising therefrom (vutthāna-vasī),

  • in retrospection (paccavekkhana-vasī). - (App.).

"If wherever, whenever, and for whatever duration desired, one enters the 1st absorption, and at one's entering it, no slowness is experienced, this is called mastery in entering the absorption, etc. In an analogous way, the 4 remaining kinds are to be explained" (Vis.M. IV, 131f; XXIII, 27ff.).

(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Vasi in Pali glossaries]

vasi : (aor. of vasati) lived; abided; dwelt; stayed. || vasī (adj.), mastering; having power. vāsi (f.) an adze; a hatchet; a sharp knife. vāsī (m.) (in cpds.) living in; dwelling in.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vāsi, (f.) (cp. Sk. vāśī) 1. a sharp knife, axe, hatchet, adze (often combd with pharasu) J. I, 32, 199; II, 274; III, 281; IV, 344; Miln. 383; 413; DhA. I, 178 (tikhiṇā vāsiyā khaṇḍâkhaṇḍikaṃ chinditvā: cutting him up piecemeal with a sharp knife); KhA 49. —°jaṭa handle of a mason’s adze Vin. IV, 168; S. III, 154; A. IV, 127.—2. a razor J. I, 65; II, 103; III, 186, 377. (Page 610)

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Vasī°, is the composition form of vasa in combn with roots kṛ and bhū, e.g. °kata made dependent, brought into somebody’s power, subject(ed) Th. 2, 295 (=vasavattino katvā, pl.); Sn. 154; cp. BSk. vaśīkṛta Jtm 213. See also vasagata.—°katvā having overcome or subjected Sn. 561 (=attano vase vattetvā SnA 455). Metricausâ as vasiṃ karitvā at Sn. 444.—°bhāva state of having power, mastery Nd2 466 (balesu); Pug. 14 (in same passage, but reading phalesu), expld at PugA 189 (with v. l. SS balesu!) as “ciṇṇa-vasī-bhāva”; Kvu 608 (implies balesu); Miln. 170. Cp. BSk. bala-vaśī-bhāva MVastu III, 379. See also ciṇṇa.—°bhūta having become a master (over), mastering S. I, 132; Miln. 319; cp. MVastu I. 47 & 399 vaśībhūta.—The same change of vasa° to vasī° we find in combn vasippatta (vasī+ppatta), q. v. under vasi°. (Page 605)

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Vasi°, is the shortened form of vasī° (=vasa) in combns °ppatta one who has attained power, mastering: only in phrase ceto-vasippatta A. II, 6; III, 340; Miln. 82; cp. BSk. vaśiprāpta Divy 210, 546;— and °ppatti mastership, mastery Vism. 190 (appanā+). (Page 605)

(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

[Vasi in Marathi glossaries]

vaśī (वशी).—f The name of a saltwater-fish.

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vaśī (वशी).—a S Of subdued passions. 2 Subject unto.

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vāsī (वासी).—a (S) That inhabits or dwells in, on, at. In comp. as vanavāsī, paradēśavāsī, kailāsavāsī, gṛha- vāsī, vṛkṣavāsī.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vaśī (वशी).—a Of subdued passions.

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vāsī (वासी).—a That inhabits or dwells in, on at.

(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

[Vasi in Sanskrit glossaries]

Vaśi (वशि).—

1) Subjugation.

2) Fascinating, bewitching. -n. Subjection.

Derivable forms: vaśiḥ (वशिः).

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Vasi (वसि).—[vas-in Uṇ.4.151]

1) Clothes.

2) A dwelling, an abode.

Derivable forms: vasiḥ (वसिः).

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Vāśi (वाशि).—Fire, the god of fire.

Derivable forms: vāśiḥ (वाशिः).

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Vāśī (वाशी).—Ved.

1) Roaring, crying.

2) A weapon in general (such as an axe, spear &c.); also written वासी (vāsī); सकीलकवचाः सर्वे वासीवृक्षादनान्विताः (sakīlakavacāḥ sarve vāsīvṛkṣādanānvitāḥ) Mb.5.155.8.

3) Voice, speech.

4) A war-cry.

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Vāsi (वासि).—m., f. [vas-iñ Uṇ.4.136] An adze, a small hatchet, chisel; जीवितं मरणं चैव नाभिनन्दन्न च द्विषन् । वास्यैकं तक्षतो बाहुं चन्दनेनैकमुक्षतः (jīvitaṃ maraṇaṃ caiva nābhinandanna ca dviṣan | vāsyaikaṃ takṣato bāhuṃ candanenaikamukṣataḥ) || Mb.12.9.25;1.119.15. -m. Dwelling, abiding.

Derivable forms: vāsiḥ (वासिः).

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Vāsī (वासी).—f. See वाशी (vāśī).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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