Vicintya: 8 definitions


Vicintya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vichintya.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य) refers to “having thought things over”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.19 (“Kāma’s destruction by Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Naradā: “After thinking like this [i.e., vicintya], the great Yogin, the goal of the good, surveyed all round, his suspicion having been aroused. He saw Kāma stationed on His left side with his bow fully drawn and ready to discharge the arrow. Kāma was haughty and so was very senseless. O Nārada, on seeing Kāma in that attitude, instantaneously anger was aroused in lord Śiva, the supreme soul. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (tantric Buddhism)

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य) refers to “visualising” (oneself as a deity), according to the Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī by Vilāsavajra, which is a commentary on the Nāmasaṃgīti.—Accordingly, [while describing Mañjuśrī-jñānasattva]—“[Next] he should visualise himself (vicintyaātmānaṃ vicintya) as the fortunate one, the gnosis-being [Mañjuśrī], born from the syllable a situated in the middle of that [wisdom-] wheel [situated in the heart of the Ādibuddha]. [...]”.

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य) refers to “reflecting upon (the circle of one’s own divinities)”, according to the Kalaśa Pūjā [i.e., Kalasha Worship] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “By transformation of the sign of one's own seed, Reflected (vicintya) upon the circle of one's own divinities. A victorious heart, with a curved mouth, the honorable knowledge being, Beheld in the front, having first prepared holy water for the feet, offer it”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य).—Ind. Having reflected. E. vi before, cit to think, lyap aff.

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

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य).—[adjective] = vicintanīya.

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

1) Vicintya (विचिन्त्य):—[=vi-cintya] [from vi-cint] mfn. to be considered or thought of or cared for, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Prabodha-candrodaya; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] to be found out or devised, [Daśakumāra-carita]

3) [v.s. ...] doubtful, questionable, [Vāmana’s Kāvyālaṃkāravṛtti]

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

Vicintya (विचिन्त्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vīī.

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Vicintya 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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