Vilasa, aka: Vilāsa; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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.

Source: Manblunder: Lalitha Sahasranama
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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)

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: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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

Source: Natya Shastra
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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)

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

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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)

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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.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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)

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.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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India history and geogprahy

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.

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

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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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)

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

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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

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: DDSA: The practical 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: Shabda-Sagara 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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