Vedana, aka: Vedanā; 15 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Vedanā (वेदना).—Married Raurava Naraka; son born of Vedanā and Māyā was Duhkham.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 40-1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 64.
(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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Vedana is a term of very general import, meaning sentience or reaction, bodily or mental, on contact or im- pression. Sensation is scarcely so loyal a rendering as feeling, for though vedana is often qualified as "born of the contact" in sense-activity, it is always defined generally as consisting of the three species —

  1. pleasure (happiness),
  2. pain (ill),
  3. and neutral feeling

— a hedonistic aspect to which the term 'feeling' is alone adequate. Moreover, it covers representative feeling.

This general psychical aspect of vedana, as distinct from sensations localized bodily — e.g., toothache — is probably emphasized by the term "mental" (cetasikam) in the answer. The Cy. points out that by this expression ( = cittanissitattam) "bodily pleasure is eliminated" (Asl. 139).

(Source): Wisdom Library: DhammasanganiFeeling - pleasure (ease), pain (stress), or neither pleasure nor pain. See khandha.(Source): Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

F Sensation (Pleasing, displeasing or neutral).

(Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

Vedana (“feeling”) refers to One of the Sabbacittasadharana cetasikas.—Vedana is feeling. It feels the object. Due to its arising citta has a feeling. There are three kinds of feeling according to anubhavana bheda or class of feeling. They are sukha or pleasant feeling that is agreeable feeling, dukkha or unpleasant feeling or disagreeable feeling, and adukkhamasukha or neither pleasant nor unpleasant feeling. It is known as upekkha vedana. According to indriya bheda or faculty of feeling, there are five feeling. They are physical pleasant feeling or sukha, mental pleasant feeling or somanassa, physical unpleasant feeling or dukkha, mental unpleasant feeling or domanassa and neither pleasant nor unpleasant feeling or upekkha.

(Source): Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Vedana (feeling) refers to “One of the Seven Universals”.—In Pali vedana, is another cetasika among the seven universals. Feeling accompanies every citta, there is no moment without feeling.

When we study the Abhidhamma we learn that vedana is not the same as what we mean by feeling in conventional language. Feeling is nama, it experiences something. Feeling never arises alone; it accompanies citta and other cetasikas and it is conditioned by them. Thus, feeling is a conditioned nama. Citta does not feel, it cognizes the object and vedana feels.

Feeling is a cetasika which accompanies each citta. When there is pleasant feeling, it can accompany kusala citta or akusala citta rooted in attachment, but its quality is different in each case.

(Source): Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

1) vedanā; further s. khandha. - Contemplation of f.: vedanānupassanā; s. satipatthāna.

2) vedanā ('feeling', sensation), is the 2nd of the 5 groups of existence (s. khandha II).

According to its nature, it may be divided into 5 classes:

  1. bodily agreeable feeling (kāyikā sukhā-vedanā = sukha);
  2. bodily disagreeable feeling (kāyikā dukkhā-vedanā = dukkhā);
  3. mentally agreeable feeling (cetasikā sukhā-vedanā = somanassa);
  4. mentally disagreeable feeling (cetasikā dukkhā-vedanā = domanassa);
  5. indifferent or neutral (adukkha-m-asukhā vedanā = upekkhā, q.v.).

With regard to the 6 senses, one distinguishes 6 kinds of feeling: feeling associated with seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, bodily impression and mental impression. The textual wording of it is 'feeling arisen through visual contact' (cakkhu-samphassajā vedanā; S. XXII, 55; D. 22), etc.

Feeling is one of the 7 mental factors inseparably associated with all consciousness whatever, s. nāma.

In the formula of the dependent origination (paticcasamuppāda, q.v.), feeling is the condition for the arising of craving (tanhā).

The above-mentioned 5 kinds of feeling are enumerated amongst the 22 faculties (indriya, q.v.). -

See M.59; Contemplation of Feeling (Vedanā Samyutta), by Nyanaponika Thera (WHEEL 303/304).

(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).

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Vedanā (वेदना, “sensation”) refers to the seventh of twelve pratītyasamutpāda (dependent origination) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. From sparśa there arises vedanā, sensation. Within vedanā there arises an adherence of mind (cittābhiniveśa) called craving or thirst, tṛṣṇā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

General definition (in Buddhism)

Vedanā (वेदना, “feelings”) refers to the second of the “five components” (pañcaskandha) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 22). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., vedanā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Vedanā also refers to one of the fourty “conditions” (saṃskāra) that are “associated with mind” (citta-samprayukta) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 30).

Vedanā also refers the seventh of the “twelve factors of conditional origination” (pratītyasamutpāda) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 42).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgrahasee Sensation or Five Skandhas.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

vedanā : (f.) pain; sensation.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vedanā, (f.) (fr. ved°: see vedeti; cp. Epic Sk. vedanā) feeling, sensation (see on term, e.g. Cpd. 14 Mrs. Rh. D. B. Psy. ch. iv.) D. I, 45; II, 58 (cp. Dial. II. 54), 66; III, 58, 77, 221, 228, 238 (°upādāna); S. III, 86 sq.; A. I, 39, 122, 141; II, 79, 198, 256; III, 245 sq. 450; IV, 301, 385; Kh III, (tisso v.); Sn. 435, 529, 739, 1111; Nd1 109; Nd2 551 (tisso v.); Ps. I, 6, 50 sq. 145 sq. 153 sq.; II, 109 sq. 181 sq.; Vbh. 135 sq. 294, 401, 403 sq.; Dhs. 3, 1348; Nett 27, 65 sq.; 83, 123, 126; Tikp 246, 317 sq. 345 sq.; Vism. 460 sq.; DA. I, 125; VbhA. 13 sq. 39 sq. 80, 178, 193, 221 (°ânupassanā, in detail), 263 sq. 382 (various).—Three modes of feeling (usually understood whenever mention is made of “tisso vedanā”): sukhā (pleasant), dukkhā (painful) adukkha-m-asukhā (indifferent) D. III, 275; S. II, 53, 82; IV, 207; A. III, 400; It. 46; Tikp 317 sq.—or: kusalā, akusalā, avyākatā Vism. 460.—Five vedanās: sukhaṃ, dukkhaṃ, somanassaṃ, domanassaṃ, upekkhā Vism. 461. Categories of 2 to 108 modes of Vedanā, S. IV, 223 sq.—vedanā is one of the 5 khandhas (see khandha II. B).—On relation of old and new sensations (purāṇa°›nava°) see e.g. A. II, 40; III, 388; IV, 167; Vism. 33; and see formula under yātrā.—In the Paṭiccasamuppāda (q. v.) vedanā stands between phassa as condition and taṇhā as result; see e.g. Vism. 567 sq.—2. (in special application) painful sensation, suffering, pain (i.e. dukkhavedanā) M. I, 59; A. I, 153 (sārīrikā bodily pain); II, 116 (id.); III, 143 (id.); Pv. I, 1015; Miln. 253 (kāyikā & cetasikā); VbhA. 101 (maraṇ’antikā v. agonies of death).—vedan’aṭṭa afflicted by pain Vin. II, 61; III, 100; J. I, 293.—As adj. vedana suffering or to be suffered Pv III, 106 (=anubhūyamāna PvA. 214).—vedana at J. III, 349 is to be read as vetana. (Page 648)

(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.

Marathi-English dictionary

vēḍaṇa (वेडण).—n R (vēḍhaṇēṃ) A clumsy and coarsely wrought ring (of gold or silver); worn on the fingers or toes.

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vēdanā (वेदना).—f (S) Acute pain in general. 2 S Representing, intimating, making known. Pr. hyā bōṭācī vē0 tyā bōṭālā yēta nāhīṃ One man little knows the affliction of another.

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

vēdanā (वेदना).—f Accute pain in general.

(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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vedana (वेदन) or Vedanā (वेदना).—[vid-lyuṭ]

1) Knowledge, perception.

2) Feeling, sensation; सत्त्वं रजस्तमश्चैव प्राणिनां संश्रिताः सदा । त्रिविधा वेदना चैव सर्वसत्त्वेषु दृश्यते (sattvaṃ rajastamaścaiva prāṇināṃ saṃśritāḥ sadā | trividhā vedanā caiva sarvasattveṣu dṛśyate) || Mb.12.194.29. [also 'sensitivity (to the driver's stimuli) of an elephant'. It is of 7 kinds :अत्यर्थ, उत्तान, गम्भीर, अन्वर्थ, प्रत्यर्थ, कर्कश (atyartha, uttāna, gambhīra, anvartha, pratyartha, karkaśa) and सिद्ध (siddha)].

3) Pain, torment, agony, anguish; अवेदनाज्ञं कुलिशक्षतानाम् (avedanājñaṃ kuliśakṣatānām) Ku.1.2; R.8.5.

4) Acquisition, wealth, property.

5) Marriage; वसनस्य दशा ग्राह्या शूद्रयोत्कृष्टवेदने (vasanasya daśā grāhyā śūdrayotkṛṣṭavedane) Ms.3.44;9.65; Y.1.62.

6) Presenting, giving.

7) The marriage of a Śūdra woman with a man of a higher caste.

Derivable forms: vedanam (वेदनम्).

(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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