Vicitta, Vicittā: 8 definitions


Vicitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 Vichitta.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vicitta (विचित्त).—A son of Utadhya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 101.
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

, One of the chief lay women supporters of Padumuttara Buddha. Bu.xi.26.

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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

[«previous next»] — Vicitta in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vicitta : (adj.) variegated; ornamented; decorated.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vicitta, (& °citra) (adj.) (vi+citta1) various, variegated, coloured, ornamented, etc. J. I, 18, 83; Pv. II, 19; Vv 6410 (citra); Miln. 338, 349; VvA. 2, 77; Sdhp. 92, 245.—vicitra-kathika eloquent Miln. 196. (Page 616)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vicitta (विचित्त).—1. [adjective] senseless, perplexed.

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Vicitta (विचित्त).—2. [adjective] perceived, manifest.

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

1) Vicitta (विचित्त):—[=vi-citta] [from vi] 1. vi-citta mfn. (for 2. See under vi-√cit) unconscious, [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] not knowing what to do, helpless, [Harṣacarita]

3) [=vi-citta] [from vi-cit] 2. vi-citta (vi-) mfn. (for 1. See p. 950, col. 2) perceived, observed, perceivable, manifest, [Atharva-veda; Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa]

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Vicitta 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Vicitta (विचित्त) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vicitra.

2) Vicittā (विचित्ता) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vicitrā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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