Vayas: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Vayas (वयस्, “age”):—Age of the persons is divided into three degrees—childhood (up to 16 years), middle age (17-70) years and old age thereafter. Kapha, Pitta and Vāta are predominant in those periods respectively. In diseased condition, children and old persons should be given medicines mild and in small doses and should never be subjected to drastic measures.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vayas (वयस्).—n. [aj-asun vībhāvaḥ]

1) Age, any time or period of life; गुणाः पूजास्थानं गुणिषु न च लिङ्गं न च वयः (guṇāḥ pūjāsthānaṃ guṇiṣu na ca liṅgaṃ na ca vayaḥ) U.4.11; नवं वयः (navaṃ vayaḥ) R.2.47; पश्चिमे वयसि (paścime vayasi) 19.1; न खलु वयस्तेजसो हेतुः (na khalu vayastejaso hetuḥ) Bh.2.38; तेजसां हि न वयः समीक्ष्यते (tejasāṃ hi na vayaḥ samīkṣyate) R.11.1.; Ku.5.16; Bhāg.1.26.4.

2) Youth, the prime of life; वयसि गते कः कामविकारः (vayasi gate kaḥ kāmavikāraḥ) Charpaṭa. S.1; Bhāg.8.15.17; वयोगते किं वनिताविलासः (vayogate kiṃ vanitāvilāsaḥ) Subhāṣ.; so अतिक्रान्तवयाः (atikrāntavayāḥ).

3) A bird in general; स्मरणीयाः समये वयं वयः (smaraṇīyāḥ samaye vayaṃ vayaḥ) N.2.62; मृगवयोगवयोप- चितं वनम् (mṛgavayogavayopa- citaṃ vanam) R.9.53;2.9; Śi.3.55;11.47.

4) A crow; वयांसि किं न कुर्वन्ति चञ्च्वा खोदरपूरणम् (vayāṃsi kiṃ na kurvanti cañcvā khodarapūraṇam) Pt.1.23 (here it may mean 'a bird' also.).

5) Ved. Sacrificial food or oblation.

6) Energy, strength.

7) Health, soundness of constitution.

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

Vayas (वयस्).—n.

(-yaḥ) 1. A bird. 2. Age, time of life. 3. Youth. E. vay to go, asun aff.; or as substituted for aj to go, with the same aff.

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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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