Vindati: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Vindati (विन्दति) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Vindati were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

vindati : (vid + ṃ - a) enjoys; undergoes; knows; gains.

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

Vindati, (vid, both in meaning “to know” & “to find”; cp. Gr. ei)_don I saw, oi)_da I know=Sk. veda “Veda, ” ei)/dwlon “idol”; Vedic vindati to find, vetti to know, vidyā knowledge; Goth. witan to observe & know= Ger. wissen; Goth. weis=E. wise, etc. for which see Walde, Lat. Wtb. s. v. video) the Vedic differentiations vetti “to know” and vindati “to find” are both in Pāli, but only in sporadic forms, some of which are archaic and therefore only found in poetry. Of vid are more frequent the Pass. vijjati and derivations fr. the Caus. ved°. The root vind occurs only in the present tense and its derivations.—A. vid to know, to ascertain: The old Vedic pres. vetti only at Th. 1, 497 (spelt veti). Another old aor. is vedi (Sk. ayedīt) Dh. 419, 423; J. III, 420 (=aññāsi); IV, 35 (here perhaps as aor. to Caus. vedeti: to cause to know or feel). Remnants of the old perfect tense 3rd pl. (Sk. viduḥ) are vidū & viduṃ (appears as vidu in verse), e.g. at Th. 1, 497; Sn. 758; Pv. II, 74 (=jānanti PvA. 102); J. V, 62 (=vijānanti C.); Mhvs 23, 78. The old participle of the same tense is vidvā (=Sk. vidvān; cp. Geiger P. Gr. 1002) in meaning “wise” Sn. 792, 897, 1056, 1060; explained as vijjāgato ñāṇī vibhāvī medhāvī at Nd1 93, 308; Nd2 575. Opp. avidvā Sn. 535; M. I, 311.—Younger forms are a reconstructed (grammatical) pres. vidati DA. I, 139; ger. viditvā S. V, 193; Sn. 353, 365, 581, 1053, 1068 and pp. vidita (q. v.).—Pass. vijjati to be found, to be known, to exist; very frequent, e.g. Sn. 20 (pl. vijjare), 21, 431, 611, 856, 1001, 1026; Th. 1, 132; D. I, 18; Pv. I, 56; II, 318 (spelt vijjite!) II. 914 (=atthi C.); 3rd sg. pret. vijjittha Sn. 1098 (mā v. =saṃvijjittha Nd2 568). ppr. vijjamāna existing J. I, 214; III, 127; PvA. 25, 87, 103; Miln. 216 (Gen. pl. vijjamānataṃ). ‹-› Caus. vedeti; Pass. Caus. vediyati; grd. vedanīya: see separately, with other derivations.—B. vind to find, possess, enjoy (cp. vitta1, vitta2, vitti) Sn. 187 (vindate dhanaṃ), 658; Th. 1, 551; 2, 79 (aor. vindi); J. VI, 508 (vindate, med. =look for, try to find for oneself); Mhvs 1, 13 (ppr. vindaṃ); DhA. III, 128 (ppr. vindanto), 410. PvA. 60, 77.—inf. vindituṃ Miln. 122; J 18; grd; vindiya Vism. 526 (as avindiya in explanation of avijjā). ‹-› Cp. nibbindati.—pp. vitta1 (for which adhigata in lit. meaning). (Page 625)

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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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