Vyapi, Vyāpi: 8 definitions



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In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Prakrti and purusa in Samkhyakarika an analytical review

1) Vyāpi (व्यापि, “pervasive”).—Unlike the evolutes, mūlaprakṛti or avyakta is all-pervasive according to Īśvarakṛṣṇa. This is stated either implicitly or explicitly in many kārikās of Sāṃkhyakārikā; some of which are as follows: In kārikā 62, wherein Īśvarakṛṣṇa speaks of “nānāśraya prakṛtiḥ”, all-pervasiveness of prakṛti is indicated. Again, in kārikā 42, the all-pervasiveness of prakṛti has been stated clearly by Īśvarakṛṣṇa having inserted the phrase: “prakṛtervibhutvayogāt”. Moreover, by the phrase “avibhāgāt vaiśvarūpasya” inserted in kārikā 15 Īśvarakṛṣṇa has implicitly indicated the all-pervasiveness of prakṛti.

2) Vyāpi (व्यापि, “pervasive”).—As puruṣa observes everything as a mere spectator, so its pervasiveness has been accepted as “the witness to everything”. According to Yuktidīpikā, the relation between prakṛti and puruṣa is not established by any other entities, because both puruṣa and prakṛti are all-pervasive.

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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vyāpī (व्यापी) or Vyāpin refers to “omnipresent”, and represents an epithet of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O Brahmin, best of my sons, listen attentively to what I did when the lord Viṣṇu went away. I began a continuous laudatory prayer of the Goddess Durgā, [...] I salute the Goddess who is omnipresent (vyāpin), eternal, for whom there is no support, who is never distressed, who is the mother of the three deities, who is the grossest of the gross and yet has no form”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vyāpī (व्यापी) refers to the “pervasive one” and represents one of the seventeen stages of the rise of kuṇḍalinī, according to Abhinavagupta as drawn from the Devyāyāmala.—Cf. The seventeen syllables [i.e., saptadaśākṣara] of Mantramātā.—[...] These seventeen units [are] to be arranged in as many locations along the axis of the subtle body,  [as was] clearly known to Abhinava. Thus he presents an ascending series marking the stages of the rise of Kuṇḍalinī, the highest stage of which is that of the ‘Pure Self’ heralded by the Transmental just below it. In this set-up, drawn by Abhinavagupta from the Devyāyāmala, there are seventeen stages. These are [e.g., the Pervasive One (vyāpī), ...].

Jayaratha quotes this [Devyāyāmala] Tantra as a source of [Kālasaṃkarṣiṇī’s] Vidyā consisting of seventeen syllables. As the Devyāyāmala tells us that these places are related to the recitation of mantra, we may conclude that the seventeen syllables are contemplated in these seventeen places [e.g., Pervasive One (vyāpī)]. Accordingly, the Wheel of the Self can be said to be at the end of (i.e. after) the sixteen [i.e., ṣoḍaśānta].

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vyāpī (व्यापी).—a S That overspreads, pervades, extends and occupies thoroughly. In comp. as jagadvyāpī, sarvavyāpī.

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

vyāpī (व्यापी).—a That overspreads, pervades. In comp. as viśvavyāpī.

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

Vyāpi (व्यापि):—[from vy-āp] in [compound] for vy-āpin.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vyāpī (व्यापी):——a suffix used to give the sense of pervasive/permeating/comprehensive/spread or spreading (as [sarvavyāpī, viśvavyāpī, dūravyāpī]).

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