Vilasa, Vilāsa: 22 definitions

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Vilasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Manblunder: Lalitha Sahasranama

Vilāsa means playful. Vilāsa also means the power of projection which is called vikṣepa śakti (power of projection, through which the projection of the world is possible). This is the true act of māyā, veiling the ultimate Truth and projection it is as something else, thereby causing illusion.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Vilāsa (विलास, “amorousness”) represents one of the thirteen pratimukhasandhi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. This element is also known as samīhā (‘longing’). Pratimukhasandhi refers to the “segments (sandhi) of the progressing part (pratimukha)” and represents one of the five segments of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic composition (nāṭaka).

2) Vilāsa (विलास, “amorous gesture”) refers to one of the ten “natural graces” of women (svābhāvikā), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. These natural graces, also known as svabhāvaja or sahaja, represent one of the three aspects of graces (alaṃkāra) which forms which forms the support of sentiments (rasa) in drama.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “relevant changes of the special kind relating to the standing and sitting postures as well as to gait and the movements of hands, eye-brows and eyes, which occur at the sight of the beloved are called ‘amorous gestures’ (vilāsa)”.

Vilāsa (विलास, “graceful bearing”) also refers to one of the eight aspects of the male’s sattva, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “eyes moving straight, gait as graceful as that of a bull, and smiling words constitute ‘graceful bearing’ (vilāsa)”.

The natural graces (such as vilāsa) and sattvas are defined according to the science of sāmānyābhinaya, or “harmonious representation”.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

Vilāsa (विलास).—One of the twelve elements of the ‘progression segment’ (pratimukhasandhi);—(Description:) Amorousness (vilāsa) is the desire for the sport of love (rati).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Vilāsa (विलास).—Name of a commentary by Jayakṛṣṇa Maunī on the Madhyasiddhānta Kaumudī of Varadarāja.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vilāsa (विलास).—A hermit who was the friend of Bhāsa. This hermit did penance in Paścimataṭa. It is mentioned in Yogavāsiṣṭha that Vilāsa and Bhāsa attained heaven by pure knowledge.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Vilāsa (विलास) refers to:—Pastimes, especially the playful amorous pastimes of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Vilāsa (विलास) refers to:—Enjoyment, playful pastimes. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A very rich man of Kandalisalagama. His wealth was fabulous, and the king, wishing to test its extent, asked him to supply various luxuries. The Muggagama Vihara was built on the spot where his carts, bringing green peas to the king, stopped outside the city. Ras.ii.130f.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

1) Vilāsa (विलास) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Vilāsī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Medinīcakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the medinīcakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Vilāsa] are yellow in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

2) Vilāsa (विलास) is also the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Vilāsinī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Jñānacakra, according to the same work. Accordingly, the jñānacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Vilāsa] are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Vilāsa (विलास) is the son of Śrīrāma Miśra and father of Durgāsahāya (C. 1775-1850 C.E.), author of Vṛttavivecana. Durgāsahāya was also the father of Kālīsahāya and grandfather of Vṛndāvana. He hailed from Pañcāla (presently Punjab) and belonged to the class of Sārasvata Brahmins, who were resided on the banks of river Sarasvatī. He belonged to Vatsagotra and his family name is Jaitaliya (K. V. Sarma says that this Jaitali is modern Jaitely). Durgāsahāya describes the name of his father and grandfather in the penultimate verse of Vṛttavivecana. Other references are collected from the introduction of K. V. Sarma to his edition of Vṛttavivecana.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vilāsa : (m.) charm; grace; beauty; appearance; coquetry.

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

Vilāsa, (fr. vilasati) 1. charm, grace, beauty J. I, 470; VI, 43; Miln. 201; ThA. 78; PvA. 3.—desanā° beauty of instruction DA. I, 67; Vism. 524, 541; Tikp 21.—2. dalliance, sporting, coquetry J. III, 408; V, 436. vilāsa is often coupled with līlā (q. v.). (Page 635)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vilāsa (विलास).—m (S) Sport, play, pastime, dalliance; diversion esp. with women and dancers and singers. 2 Wanton pleasure or loose airy gratification generally. 3 One of the classes of feminine action indicative of the passion of love,--amorous blandishments or affectation of coyness &c.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vilāsa (विलास).—m Sport, dalliance. Wanton pleasure.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vilāsa (विलास).—

1) Sport, play, pastime.

2) Amorous pastime, diversion, pleasure; as in विलासमेखला (vilāsamekhalā) R.8.64; so विलासकाननम्, विलासमन्दिरम् (vilāsakānanam, vilāsamandiram) &c.

3) Coquetry, dalliance, affectation, wantonness, graceful movement or play, any feminine gesture indicative of amorous sentiment; यातं यच्च नितम्बयोर्गुरुतया मन्दं विलासादिव (yātaṃ yacca nitambayorgurutayā mandaṃ vilāsādiva) Ś.2.2; कविकुलगुरुः कालि- दासो विलासः (kavikulaguruḥ kāli- dāso vilāsaḥ) P. R.1.22; Śi.9.26.

4) Grace, beauty, elegance, charm; सहजविलासनिबन्धनं शरीरम् (sahajavilāsanibandhanaṃ śarīram) Māl.2.6.

5) Flash, gleam.

6) Liveliness, joviality (considered as a masculine virtue); शोभा विलासो माधुर्यं (śobhā vilāso mādhuryaṃ) ...... पौरुषा गुणाः (pauruṣā guṇāḥ) Daśarupaka 2.1.

7) Lust.

Derivable forms: vilāsaḥ (विलासः).

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

Vilāsa (विलास).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. One kind of feminine action, considered as proceeding from and indicative of amorous sentiments; change of place, posture, gait or look, on the approach of the lover, as hiding at his approach, assuming a look of dipleasure, &c. 2. Sport, pastime, play, especially amorous pastime, dalliance, wantonness. 3. Grace, elegance. 4. Ease, facility. E. vi before las to desire, aff. ghañ .

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

Vilāsa (विलास).—i. e. vi-las + a, m. 1. Sport, pastime, dalliance, merriness, [Pañcatantra] v. [distich] 83. 2. Coquetry, [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] [distich] 35. 3. Wantonness, Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 1610. 4. Charm, beauty, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 154, 3.

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

Vilāsa (विलास).—[masculine] appearance (rising or semblance); joy, merriment, petulance; joke, sport, play, [especially] amorous pastime, dalliance, coquetry; grace, beauty.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vilāsa (विलास) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[grammatical] by Lakṣmīnarasiṃha. Oppert. 843. 1574. Imperfect title.

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

1) Vilāsa (विलास):—[=vi-lāsa] [from vi-las] m. (ifc. f(ā). ) shining forth, appearance, manifestation, [Ṛtusaṃhāra; Gīta-govinda]

2) [v.s. ...] sport, play, pastime, pleasure, diversion ([especially] with women etc.; but also applied to any playful action or gesture), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (sāya, ‘for sport’)

3) [v.s. ...] coquetry, affectation of coyness, wantonness (a form of feminine gesture considered as indicative of amorous sentiments), [Harivaṃśa; Kāvya literature; Daśarūpa; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] liveliness, joviality (considered as a masculine virtue), [Daśarūpa ii, 9]

5) [v.s. ...] wantonness, lust, [Daśarūpa; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] grace, charm, beauty, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a gram. [work]

8) [v.s. ...] (with ācārya) of a preceptor, [Catalogue(s)]

9) [v.s. ...] n. (and f(ā). ) Name of a metre, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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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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