Vega, aka: Vegā; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

1) Vegā (वेगा):—One of the twelve guṇas associated with Dhvaja, the fourth seat of the Svādhiṣṭhāna-chakra. According to tantric sources such as the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the Gorakṣasaṃhitā (Kādiprakaraṇa), these twelve guṇas are represented as female deities. According to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā however, they are explained as particular syllables. They (eg. Vegā) only seem to play an minor role with regard to the interpretation of the Devīcakra (first of five chakras, as taught in the Kubjikāmata-tantra).

2) Vegā (वेगा):—One of the sixteen yoginīs representing the sixteen petals of the Dūtīcakra. The sixteen petals comprise the outer furnishment, whereupon the abode of the Dūtīs is situated. The Dūtīs refer to the eighty-one “female messengers/deties” of the Dūtīcakra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Vega (वेग).—Velocity. Note: Vega is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

Vega (वेग) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.52.5, I.57) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vega) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

Vega (वेग, “velocity”) refers to one of three types of Saṃskāra (impression) according to Praśastapāda (Vaiśeṣikadarśanam with Praśastapādabhāṣya), Viśvanātha (Bhāṣāpariccheda) and Annaṃbhaṭṭa (Dīpikā on Tarkasaṃgraha).—According to Praśastapāda, vega is created from motion. It abides in pṛthivī (earth) ap (water), teja (light), vāyu (air) and manas (mind). Viśvanātha also says that velocity (vega) abides only in limited (mūrta) substance. It is caused sometimes by action and sometimes by another vega. According to Annaṃbhaṭṭa, when an arrow is discharged from the bow, the motion of the arrow is vega. Vega resides in earth, water, fire, air and mind. It is defined as that which contains the generality of vegatva.

Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories
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Nyaya (न्याय, nyaya) refers to a school of Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. The Nyaya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaisheshika in terms of metaphysics.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

vega : (m.) force; speed; velocity; impulse.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vega, (cp. Vedic vega, fr. vij to tremble) quick motion, impulse, force; speed, velocity S. IV, 157; A. III, 158 (sara°); Sn. 1074; Miln. 202, 258, 391; PvA. 11, 47 (vāta°), 62 (visa°), 67, 284 (kamma°); Sdhp. 295.—Instr. vegena (adv.) quickly DhA. I, 49; another form in same meaning is vegasā, after analogy of thāmasā, balasā etc. e.g. J. III, 6; V, 117.—Cp. saṃ°. (Page 646)

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

vēga (वेग).—m (S) Momentum, forceful velocity, impetuosity or impetus, force of a body in motion. 2 Velocity. 3 Pain in passage, or the violence of a pain; a sharp pang. 4 Sudden impulse; sudden turning and vehement effort or intentness of mind; sudden arising and acting of the mental or vital energy. 5 A dejection or impulse or sharp movement (towards or during the discharge of the bowels).

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vēga (वेग).—m Momentum; velocity. Pain in passage. Sudden impulse.

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

Vega (वेग).—[vij-ghañ]

1) Impulse, impetus.

2) Speed, velocity, rapidity.

3) Agitation.

4) Impetuosity, violence, force.

5) A stream, current; as in अम्बुवेगः (ambuvegaḥ); रुरोध नर्मदा- वेगं बाहुभिर्बहुभिर्वृतः (rurodha narmadā- vegaṃ bāhubhirbahubhirvṛtaḥ) Rām.7.32.4,6.

6) Energy, activity, determination.

7) Power, strength; ऊरू भग्नौ प्रसह्याजौ गदया भीमवेगया (ūrū bhagnau prasahyājau gadayā bhīmavegayā) Mb.1.2.288; मदनज्वरस्य वेगात् (madanajvarasya vegāt) K.

8) Circulation, working, effect (as of poison); चिराद्वेगारम्भी प्रसृत इव तीव्रो विषरसः (cirādvegārambhī prasṛta iva tīvro viṣarasaḥ) U.2.26; V.5.18.

9) Haste, rashness, sudden impulse; कृत्यं न कुरुते वेगान्न स संतापमाप्नुयात् (kṛtyaṃ na kurute vegānna sa saṃtāpamāpnuyāt) Pt.1.19.

1) The fight of an arrow; घननीहार इवाविषक्तवेगः (ghananīhāra ivāviṣaktavegaḥ) Ki.13.24.

11) Love, passion.

12) The external manifestation of an internal emotion.

13) Delight, pleasure.

14) Evacuation of the feces; स्वभावतः प्रवृत्तानां मलादीनां जिजीविषुः । न वेगं धारयेद्धीरः कामादीनां च धारयेत् (svabhāvataḥ pravṛttānāṃ malādīnāṃ jijīviṣuḥ | na vegaṃ dhārayeddhīraḥ kāmādīnāṃ ca dhārayet) || Rājanighaṇṭu.

15) Semen virile.

16) Pleasure, delight.

17) Attack, paroxysm (of a disease); Suśi.

Derivable forms: vegaḥ (वेगः).

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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