Yoga, aka: Yogā; 37 Definition(s)


Yoga means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Yoga (योग) refers to the time during which the sun and the moon together accomplish 13 degrees and 20 minutes of space. The term is used throughout Jyotiṣa literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Yoga (योग, “union”) is a combination of planets placed in a specific relationship to each other.

  1. Rāja Yogas are givers of fame, status and authority,
  2. Dhana Yogas are formed by the association of wealth-giving planets,
  3. Sanyāsa Yogas are formed due to the placement of four or more Grahas, excluding the Sun, in a Keṅdra Bhāva from the Lagna.

There are some overarching Yogas in Jyotiṣa such as Amāvasyā Doṣa, Kāla Sarpa Yoga-Kāla Amṛta Yoga and Graha Mālika Yoga that can take precedence over planetary placements in the horoscope.

Source: WikiPedia: Hindu Astrology

Yoga (योग).—1. An interval of time during which the combined motions of the Sun and Moon add up to 13° 20'; (lit., sum) 2. Conjunction in longitudes of two heavenly bodies. 3. Addition. Note: Yoga is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Yoga (योग) is a Sanskrit technical term, used in law, referring to either “fraud” or “deceit”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.165)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Yoga (योग) is explained as ‘fraud’ in Vyavahāramayūkha (p. 90); which adds that the king shall nullify every transaction in connection with which he detects some fraud. ‘Fraud’ is deceit; when a certain thing has been mortgaged fraudulently,—i.e., when it is found that it has been done in an improper manner,—then the king shall ‘nullify it’. (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.165)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Yoga (योग).—A sage who was the grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu and son of Śraddhā. Yoga was born to Śraddhā by Dharma. (Bhāgavata, 4th Skandha). (See full article at Story of Yoga from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Yoga (योग).—It is Jñāna that reveals Brahman. Yoga is the concentration on Brahman. Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 372, mentions that Yoga is the perfect union of Jivātmā and Paramātmā.

2) In fact Yoga is activity with the body as its basis. It may be doubted how a mere physical karman helps Parabrahmadārśana. But Maharṣis assert that there is an inseparable connection between matter and soul.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Yoga (योग).—Practices of:1 eight-fold: its characteristics.2 Bhaktiyoga:3 born of Kriya, Kriyāyoga:4 the course of: followed by Nārada and others in their worship of Nārāyaṇa:5 System of.6 Also three-fold jñāna, bhakti and karma of this bhakti is important.7 Spoiled by bad association, especially association of women;8 is an aiśvarya, and possible through kriya and gurupriya: of 24 truths: trayī is its limb;9 other limbs, yama, niyama,10 yajña, dāna, vedābhyāsa, and dhāraṇa; philosophy of;11 the strength of the Pitṛs, out of which soma grows; from jñāna;12 methods of: control of the senses and the mind by fasting; a means to fructify austerities, then knowledge sprouts;13 praise of;14 of Nakṣatra and Ṛṣi;15 as a result of svādhyāya or study and vice-versa;16 explanation of the nature of yoga by Keśidhvaja to Khāṇḍikya.17

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 2. 28; II. 1. 6; 2. 23; Matsya-purāṇa 1. 12.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. Ch. 28.
  • 3) Ib. III. Ch. 29.
  • 4) Ib. IV. 1. 51; Vāyu-purāṇa 71. 64.
  • 5) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 14. 45; 19. 10; VII. 3. 9; 11. 3.
  • 6) Ib. IX. 12. 4; X. 8. 45; Ch. 29 (whole) ; XI. 14. 20.
  • 7) Ib. XI. 20. 6-8.
  • 8) Ib. XI. 26. 3 and 24.
  • 9) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 34. 65; III. 3. 89; 9. 62 and 66; 10. 4 and 115; 19. 29 and 62; IV. 3. 55.
  • 10) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 5; 183. 44 and 50; 193. 38; 247. 9; 248. 17.
  • 11) Ib. 2. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 110.
  • 12) Ib. 71. 66; 101. 75, 211, 350.
  • 13) Ib. 77, 124-35.
  • 14) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 6. 40; Vāyu-purāṇa 18. 5-6.
  • 15) Ib. 99. 422.
  • 16) Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 6. 2.
  • 17) Ib. VI. 7. 26-92.

1b) A name of Śiva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 97. 175.

2) Yogā (योगा).—A Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 32. 17.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Yoga (योग) is the tradition (ovallī) founded by Vṛddhanātha, who was one of the twelve princes born to Kuṃkumā, consort to Mīnanātha, who is the incarnation of Siddhanātha in the fourth yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas. Vṛddhanātha was one of the six princes having the authority to teach.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

1) Yoga (योग).— The word yoga, the basic meaning of which is “yoking, uniting”, a1so derives from the same verb-root, √yuj, “to yoke, conjoin”. In the religious-spiritual sphere, its meaning obtains in the sense of meditation, concentration of the mind, and techniques pertaining to them. In the first two states of sālokya and sāmīpya, because there are present both more than one disposition (among bhakti, jñāna and vairāgya) as well as the duality between subjective disposition and its abject, yoga as the exercise of purposeful uniting of these is imperative.

In the third state of sārūpya, even though there is only dhyāna, the subject-object duality persists; hence, here too yoga is needed. What is most significant, though, is that yoga is extended iuto the realm of sāyūjya as well, where there is only non-duality.

2) Yoga (योग, “meditation”) or yogapada refers to the third division of the āgamas.—The four classes of devotees (bhakta) or the states of spiritual life somewhat correspond to the four divisions of the Āgamas and the four modes of sādhana, spiritual practice, they entail. Thus, sālokya corresponds to carya, ritual and moral conduct, sāmīpya to kriyā, architectural and iconographic making, sārūpya to yoga, meditation, and sāyūjya ta jñāna, theology and gnosis.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra (shaivism)

Yoga (योग).—The Mālinīvijayottara itself specifies that yoga is the topic of its teachings. In its narrative framework, it is the seer’s query about the practice of yoga that presents Skanda with the opportunity to transmit śiva’s revelation to the eight sages. The section establishing the pedigree of the Mālinīvijayottara as a new revelation lineally descended from the Siddhayogeśvarīmata plainly states that the Mālinīvijayatantra, the immediate precursor of the Mālinīvijayottara, taught yoga.

Source: The Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottaratantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Yoga (योग) refers to “suggestion of similar facts” and is the name of a yukti, or ‘technical division’, according to which the contents of the Arthaśāstra by Cāṇakya are grouped. Cāṇakya (4th-century BCE), aka Kauṭilya, was the chief minister of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the famous Maurya Empire.

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Yoga (योग) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Yoganṛsiṃha or Yoganarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Yoga (योग).—Thus Ahirbudhnya-saṃhitā describes yoga as the worship of the heart (hṛdayārādhana), the offering of an oblation (havi) of oneself to God or self-surrender to God, and yoga is defined as the linking up (saṃyoga) of the lower self (jīvātman) with the higher self (paramātman).

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy (pancaratra)

Yoga (योग) or Yogapāda refers to the fourth of four sections (pāda) of the Pāñcarātra system of thought.—Yoga describes not only certain Yogic practices like Prāṇāyāma and dhyāna etc. used in pūjā ceremony but also the method of merging individual consciousness into the Supreme consciousness in the state of complete meditation (samādhi). The best description of all these four aspects of Pāñcarātra (eg., jñāna) is found in the Padma-saṃhitā, a simplified elaboration of the Jayākhya-saṃhitā.

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 1
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

1) Yoga (योग).—A rule of grammar; the word योग (yoga) in this sense is very frequently found used in the Mahabhasya; cf the frequent statements अयं येगः शक्यो (ayaṃ yegaḥ śakyo)sकर्तुम् (kartum) M. Bh. on P.I.1. 6, 62, etc. or कान्यस्य योगस्य प्रयोजनानि (kānyasya yogasya prayojanāni) M. Bh. on P. I. 1.31 Vart. 6, I.1. 57 etc.;

2) Yoga.—Grammatical connection; cf शास्त्रकृतो योगश्च (śāstrakṛto yogaśca) Nir. I.2; cf also षष्ठी स्थानेयेगा (ṣaṣṭhī sthāneyegā) P.I.1.49.

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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Yoga (योग) or Yogamūṣā refers to an “combining crucible” and is a type of mūṣā (crucible) used for smelting metals.—This kind of mūṣā was made of burnt chaff, powdered and burnt coals, earth from a place where white ants abound, and a biḍa which is a preparation of various alkalies, acids, salts etc. After constructing this crucible, it was smeared with biḍa on both inner and outer surfaces and then dried well. This mūṣā was used for the cultivation of mercury. It is said that it could render mercury very powerful. Also see the Rasaratnasamuccaya 10.12.

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science, 31(4), 1996: Mūṣāvijñāna
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Yoga (योग) or Saṃyoga refers to a set of three rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

The following are the three yogas:

  1. Guru-saṃyoga,
  2. Laghu-saṃyoga,
  3. Gurulaghu-saṃyoga,
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means "union" and is interpreted as "union with the divine". One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject is the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, which defines yoga as "the stilling of the changing states of the mind" (Sanskrit: yogaḥ citta-vṛtti nirodhaḥ). Yoga is also interpreted as the yoke that connects beings to the machine of existence.

According to Pāṇini, a 6th-century BCE Sanskrit grammarian, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered by traditional commentators as the correct etymology.

Source: WikiPedia: Yoga
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Yoga (योग).—Lakṣmaṇadeśika briefly summarizes four definitions of yoga given by different schools (1cd–3ab). Accordingly, yoga is: (1) the identity of the individual Self (jīva) and the (supreme) Self (parama-ātman); (2) the knowledge of the identity of Śiva and the Self; (3) the knowledge of Śiva and Śakti; and (4) the knowledge of the eternal being (purāṇa-puruṣa). Rāghavabhaṭṭa identifies these views in his commentary as the teachings of the: (1) Vedāntins, (2) Śaivas, (3) followers of the Uttara-Āmnāya and (4) the dualist Vaiṣṇavas.

Source: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Yoga means: to merge, join or unite; Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. Yoga is a means of balancing and harmonizing the body, mind and emotions and is a tool that allows us to withdraw from the chaos of the world and find a quiet space within. To achieve this, yoga uses movement, breath, posture, relaxation and meditation in order to establish a healthy, vibrant and balanced approach to living.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

This word, derived from the root Yuj (“to join”), is in grammer samdhi, in logic avayavaśakti, or the power of the parts taken together and in its most widely known and present sense the union of the jīva or embodied spirit, with the Paramātmā, or Supreme Spirit, and the practices by which this union may be attained. There is a natural yoga, in which all beings are, for it is only by virtue of this identity in fact that they exist. Yoga is variously named according to the methods employed, but the two main divisions are those of the haṭhayoga (or ghaṭasthayoga) and samādhiyoga, of which rājayoga is one of the forms.

Source: Hindu Online: Yoga

In Vedic Sanskrit, the more commonly used, literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga which is "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" from the root yuj, already had a much more figurative sense, where the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses takes on broader meanings such as "employment, use, application, performance" (compare the figurative uses of "to harness" as in "to put something to some use"). All further developments of the sense of this word are post-Vedic. More prosaic moods such as "exertion", "endeavour", "zeal" and "diligence" are also found in Epic Sanskrit. There are very many compound words containing yog in Sanskrit. Yoga can take on meanings such as "connection", "contact", "method", "application", "addition" and "performance".

In Hindu philosophy, the word yoga is used to refer to one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are often labelled as Rāja yoga.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Yoga: A practical methodology attributed to sage Patañjali who taught that the means to liberation was eighth-fold — aṣṭāṅga. Four of the limbs apply to physical and moral development and the other four deal with meditation.

Source: Red Zambala: On the Salvific Activities of God

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

'yokes, bonds', is another name for the 4 cankers (āsava) .

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

The Yokes or Yogas are another group of defilements. The "yokes" tie a person to the cycle of birth and death.

The four yoghas are:

  1. the yoke of sensuous desire, kamayogha
  2. the yoke of desire for rebirth, bhavayogha
  3. the yoke of wrong view, ditthiyogha
  4. the yoke of ignorance, avijjayogha
Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Yoga (योग) refers to “application / contemplation of mind” and is one of the causes leading to the influx (āsrana) of karmas extending pleasant feelings (sātāvedanīya).

Yoga is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

1) Yoga (योग, “activity”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 6, “the operation of the body (kāya), the organ of speech (vāc) and the mind (manas) is called yoga (activity).”.—What is meant by activity (yoga)? Vibrations caused in the space-points of the soul induced by mind, body and speech is called yoga /activity.

How many types of yoga are there? There are three types of yoga differentiated according to the nature of the cause namely: 

  1. manoyoga (mind activities),
  2. vacanayoga (speech activities), 
  3. kāyayoga (body activities). 

According to verse 6.2, “It (vibrations caused by this threefold activity) is influx (āsrava)” Why are the activities (yoga) called influx? Since activities of the mind body and speech are the cause of the inflow of kārmaṇa and nokarma (gross body building) particles to establish a relation with the soul. So activities (yoga) are called influx. The function of yoga is to invite or initiate the influx of the kārma particles (matter particles capable of becoming karmas) towards the soul. The functions of passions are ‘to be the cause’ of kārma bondage with the soul and it’s ensure the same.

2) Yoga (योग).—What is meant by application/ contemplation of mind (yoga)? To observe the above activities i.e. (compassions for both general and devout), charity and self-control with attachment, with full application of mind and completely is yoga. Also yoga is said to be as performing flawless activities, meditation and samādhi with auspicious objectives

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Yoga (योग).—What is the meaning of yoga (activities) in Jainism? Activities of mind, body and speech resulting in the vibrations of the space-points of the soul are called yoga.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Yoga (योग, “activities”) refers to one of the five causes of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 8.1.—What is meant by activities (yoga)? Actions of mind, body and speech that cause vibrations of the space points of the soul are called activities. How many types of activities are there? These are of fifteen types namely: Mental and speech activities are of four types each (true, false, both true and false and neither true nor false), seven activities of the body (gross, gross mixed, celestial, celestial mixed, conveyance, conveyance mixed, karma and luminous).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Yoga.—(CII 4), meditation; a philosophical system. (EI 18), a council or corporation. (CII 3; IA 17), addition of the longitudes of the sun and moon; an astrological element. Cf. yogaṃ yuñjantām, ‘let them obtain the association [of the gods]’. See Ep. Ind., Vol. XXXI, p. 208. Cf. yuj. Note: yoga is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

yoga : (m.) connection; bond; endeavour; conjunction; attachment; effort; mixture.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Yoga, (Vedic yoga, see etym. under yuga & yuñjati. Usually m.; pl. nt. yogāni occurs at D. II, 274 in meaning “bonds”) lit. “yoking, or being yoked, ” i.e. connection, bond, means; fig. application, endeavour, device.—1. yoke, yoking (rare?) J. VI, 206 (meant here the yoke of the churning-sticks; cp. J. VI, 209).—2. con‹-› nection with (-°), application to; (natural) relation (i.e. body, living connection), association; also conjunction (of stars). mānusaka yoga the relation to the world of men (the human body), opp. dibba yoga: S. I, 35=60; Sn. 641; Dh. 417; explained at DhA. IV, 225 as “kāya. ” ‹-› association with: D. III, 176; application: Vism. 520 (+uppāda). yogato (Abl.) from being connected with, by association with PvA. 40 (bālya°), 98 (sammappadhāna°).—pubba° connection with a former body, one’s former action or life-history J. V, 476; VI, 480; Miln. 2. See pubbe1.—aḍḍhayoga a “half-connected” building, i.e. a half-roofed monastery Vin. I, 239; Vism. 34.—nakkhatta° a conjunction of planets, peculiar constellation (in astrology) J. I, 82, 253 (dhana-vassāpanaka suitable for a shower of wealth); III, 98; DhA. I, 174; DhsA. 232 (in simile).—3. (fig.) bond, tie; attachment (to the world and its lusts), or what yokes to rebirth (Cpd. 1712). There are 4 yogas, which are identical with the 4 oghas viz. kāma°, bhava°, diṭṭhi°, avijjā°, or the bonds of craving, existence, false views, and ignorance; enumerated in detail at A. II, 10; D. III, 230, 276; J. I, 374; cp. Ps. I, 129 (catūhi yogehi yutto lokasannivāso catu-yoga-yojito); VbhA. 35. Mentioned or referred to at S. V, 59; Dhs. 1059 (ogha+, in definition of taṇhā), cp, Dhs. translation 308; Nett 31 (with ogha), 114 (id.); as sabba- (or sabbe) yogā at Th. 2, 4; 76; S. I, 213; DhA. III, 233; severally at It. 95 (bhava-yoga-yutta āgāmī hoti, +kāma°); ogha+yoga: Pug. 21 (avijjā°); Vism. 211, 684; cp. also D. II, 274 (pāpima-yogāni the ties of the Evil one); It. 80 (yogā pamocenti bahujanaṃ).—4. application, endeavour, undertaking, effort DhA. III, 233, 234 (=samma-ppadhāna). yogaṃ karoti to make an effort, to strive after (Dat.) S. II, 131; A. II, 93 (āsavānaṃ khayāya y. karaṇīya); Miln. 35. yogaṃ āpajjati to show (earnest) endeavour, to be active S. III, 11 sq.; Vbh. 356 (attanā).—dhamma° one who is devoted to the Dhamma A. III, 355; yutta° (bent on, i.e. ) earnest in endeavour J. I, 65; yāca° given to making offerings: see yāca.—5. pondering (over), concentration, devotion M. I, 472; Dh. 209 (=yoniso manasikāra DhA. III, 275), 282 (same explanation at DhA. III, 421); Miln. 3; Vbh. 324 (yoga-vihitesu kamm’& sipp’—āyatanesu; VbhA. 410 explains: y. vuccati paññā;— perhaps better to above 4?).—6. (magic) power, influence, device, scheme J. VI, 212 (yoga-yogena practice of spells etc. =tāya tāya yuttiyā C.); PvA. 117 (combined with manta, ascribed to devas).—7. means, instrument, remedy J. I, 380 (vamana° an emetic); VI, 74 (ekaṃ yogaṃ datvā; but we better read bhesajjaṃ tassa datvā for vatvā, and ekaṃ yogaṃ vatvā for datvā; taking yoga in meaning of “charm, incantation”); Miln. 109 (yena yogena sattānaṃ guṇa-vaḍḍhi ... tena hitaṃ upadahati).

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

yōga (योग).—m (S) Junction, union, meeting, unitedness, mingledness; close connection, association, or combination in general. 2 Concatenation, conjunction, or consecutive disposition (of the affairs of the universe) as established by the Deity, and as swaying or regulating human concernments. Ex. tilā nahāṇa yāvēṃ āṇi ticā dādalā marāvā asā yōga hōtā. In this sense kālayōga, daivayōga, prārabdhayōga &c. 3 Spiritual or abstract devotion; union with Brahma through abstract meditation or contemplation: also the practice or exercise of this sort of worship; for which several attitudes or postures are prescribed. 4 A way, means, or expedient in general, although understood esp. as a way or means of attaining unto the fruition of Brahma. In this sense bhaktiyōga, karmayōga, jñānayōga &c. 5 The twenty-seventh part of a circle measured on the plane of the Ecliptic; and used in calculating the longitudes of the sun and moon. These 27 Yogas are named viṣkambha, prīti, āyu- ṣmān, saubhāgya, śōbhana, atigaṇḍa, sukarmā, dhṛti, śūla, gañja, vṛddhi, dhruva, vyāghāta, harṣaṇa, vajra, siddhi, vyatīpāta, varyāṇa, parīgha, śiva, siddhi, sādhya, śubha, śulka, brahmā, aindra, vaidhṛti. Astrologers also enumerate twenty-eight yōga differently named from the foregoing, and corresponding with the twenty-eight Nakshatras, but varying according to the day of the week. 6 Application or address; applying or addressing (of things to a use, of efforts to an object, of means in general to an end). 7 Propriety, fitness, suitableness, congruity. 8 In arithmetic. Sum or amount.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yōga (योग).—m Union. Concatenation. A means. Propriety. A term in Astronomy.

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

Yoga (योग).—[yuj bhāvādau ghañ kutvam]

1) Joining, uniting.

2) Union, junction, combination; उपरागान्ते शशिनः समुपगता रोहिणी योगम् (uparāgānte śaśinaḥ samupagatā rohiṇī yogam) Ś.7.22; गुणमहतां महते गुणाय योगः (guṇamahatāṃ mahate guṇāya yogaḥ) Ki.1.25; (vāṃ) योगस्तडित्तोयदयोरिवास्तु (yogastaḍittoyadayorivāstu) R.6.65.

3) Contact, touch, connection; तमङ्कमारोप्य शरीरयोगजैः सुखैर्निषिञ्चन्तमिवामृतं त्वचि (tamaṅkamāropya śarīrayogajaiḥ sukhairniṣiñcantamivāmṛtaṃ tvaci) R.3.26.

4) Employment, application, use; एतै- रुपाययोगैस्तु शक्यास्ताः परिरक्षितुम् (etai- rupāyayogaistu śakyāstāḥ parirakṣitum) Ms.9.1; R.1.86.

5) Mode, manner, course, means; ज्ञानविज्ञानयोगेन कर्मणा- मुद्धरन् जटाः (jñānavijñānayogena karmaṇā- muddharan jaṭāḥ) Bhāg.3.24.17; कथायोगेन बुध्यते (kathāyogena budhyate) H.1. 'In the course of conversation'.

6) Consequence, result; (mostly at the end of comp on in abl.); रक्षायोगादयमपि तपः प्रत्यहं संचिनोति (rakṣāyogādayamapi tapaḥ pratyahaṃ saṃcinoti) Ś.2.15; Ku.7.55.

7) A yoke.

8) A conveyance, vehicle, carriage.

9) (a) An armour. (b) Putting on armour.

1) Fitness, propriety, suitableness.

11) An occupation, a work, business.

12) A trick, fraud, device; योगाधमनविक्रीतं योगदानप्रतिग्रहम् (yogādhamanavikrītaṃ yogadānapratigraham) Ms.8.165.

13) An expedient, plan, means in general.

14) Endeavour, zeal, diligence, assiduity; ज्ञानमेकस्थमाचार्ये ज्ञानं योगश्च पाण्डवे (jñānamekasthamācārye jñānaṃ yogaśca pāṇḍave) Mb.7.188.45. इन्द्रियाणां जये योगं समातिष्ठेद् दिवा- निशम् (indriyāṇāṃ jaye yogaṃ samātiṣṭhed divā- niśam) Ms.7.44.

15) Remedy, cure.

16) A charm, spell, incantation, magic, magical art; तथाख्यातविधानं च योगः संचार एव च (tathākhyātavidhānaṃ ca yogaḥ saṃcāra eva ca) Mb.12.59.48.

17) Gaining, acquiring, acquisition; बलस्य योगाय बलप्रधानम् (balasya yogāya balapradhānam) Rām.2.82.3.

18) The equipment of an army.

19) Fixing, putting on, practice; सत्येन रक्ष्यते धर्मो विद्या योगेन रक्ष्यते (satyena rakṣyate dharmo vidyā yogena rakṣyate) Mb.5.34. 39.

2) A side; an argument.

21) An occasion, opportunity.

22) Possibility, occurrence.

23) Wealth, substance.

24) A rule, precept.

25) Dependence, relation, regular order or connection, dependence of one word upon another.

26) Etymology or derivation of the meaning of a word.

27) The etymological meaning of a word (opp. rūḍhi); अवयवशक्तिर्योगः (avayavaśaktiryogaḥ).

28) Deep and abstract meditation, concentration of the mind, contemplation of the Supreme Spirit, which in Yoga phil. is defined as चित्तवृत्तिनिरोध (cittavṛttinirodha); स ब्रह्मयोगयुक्तात्मा सुखमक्षयमश्नुते (sa brahmayogayuktātmā sukhamakṣayamaśnute) Bg. 5.21; सती सती योगविसृष्टदेहा (satī satī yogavisṛṣṭadehā) Ku.1.21; V.1.1; योगेनान्ते तनुत्यजाम् (yogenānte tanutyajām) R.1.8.

29) The system of philosophy established by Patañjali, which is considered to be the second division of the Sāṃkhya philosophy, but is practically reckoned as a separate system; एकं सांख्यं च योगं च यः पश्यति स पश्यति (ekaṃ sāṃkhyaṃ ca yogaṃ ca yaḥ paśyati sa paśyati) Bg.5.5. (The chief aim of the Yoga philosophy is to teach the means by which the human soul may be completely united with the Supreme Spirit and thus secure absolution; and deep abstract meditation is laid down as the chief means of securing this end, elaborate rules being given for the proper practice of such Yoga or concentration of mind.)

3) A follower of the Yoga system of philosophy; जापकैस्तुल्यफलता योगानां नात्र संशयः (jāpakaistulyaphalatā yogānāṃ nātra saṃśayaḥ) Mb.12.2.23.

31) (In arith.) Addition.

32) (In astr.) Conjunction, lucky conjunction.

33) A combination of stars.

34) Name of a particular astronomical division of time (27 such Yogas are usually enumerated).

35) The principal star in a lunar mansion.

36) Devotion, pious seeking after god.

37) A spy, secret agent.

38) A traitor, a violator of truth or confidence.

39) An attack; योगमाज्ञापयामास शिकस्य विषयं प्रति (yogamājñāpayāmāsa śikasya viṣayaṃ prati) Śiva B.13.7.

4) Steady application; श्रुताद् हि प्रज्ञा, प्रज्ञया योगो योगादात्मवत्ता (śrutād hi prajñā, prajñayā yogo yogādātmavattā) Kau. A.1.5; मयि चानन्ययोगेन भक्तिरव्यभिचारिणी (mayi cānanyayogena bhaktiravyabhicāriṇī) Bg.13.1.

41) Ability, power; एतां विभूतिं योगं च मम यो वेत्ति तत्त्वतः (etāṃ vibhūtiṃ yogaṃ ca mama yo vetti tattvataḥ) Bg. 1.7; पश्य मे योगमैश्वरम् (paśya me yogamaiśvaram) 11.8.

42) Equality, sameness; समत्वं योग उच्यते (samatvaṃ yoga ucyate) Bg.2.48.

Derivable forms: yogaḥ (योगः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yoga (योग).—m. (Pali id., PTSD s.v. 3; not in Sanskrit), bond, tie, attachment (in Pali numbering 4, = the 4 ogha or āśrava): yogehi vuhyati bālo yogaṃ nudati paṇḍitaḥ, sarvayoga-asaṃyukto yogakṣemīti vuccati Mv iii.384.12—13 (verses); compare Pali Dhp. comm. 3.233.21—22; similarly, yogaiḥ samuhyate bālo yogāṃ nudati paṇḍitaḥ,…sarvayogāṃ pranudyeha sarvaduḥkhāt pramucyate Ud xxix.49(39). See foll. items, also dharma-yoga, pūrva-yoga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yoga (योग).—m.

(-gaḥ) 1. Junction, joining, union. 2. Combination, association, meeting, conflux. 3. Religious and abstract meditation. 4. Keeping the body in a fixed posture. 5. Devotion, spiritual worship of God, or union with the Supreme Being by means of abstract contemplation; this does not necessarily imply an abandonment of the world or relinquishment of the usual observances of religion, but it involves internal indifference to objects of pleasure and pain, and utter disregard of the consequences or fruit of ceremonial rites. 6. The particular practice of the preceding sort of devotion, or the exercise of that abstraction by which union with God is supposed to be obtained; in the Gita it is described as sitting on Kuśa grass, with the body firm, the eyes fixed on the tip of the nose, and the mind intent on the Deity; in the Tantras a fanciful operation is prescribed, by which the vital spirit seated in the lower part of the body, and the etherial spirit placed in the head, are supposed to be brought into combination in the brain, when the devotee becomes united with Brahma. 7. The system of philosophy which treats of the union of the soul with Brah- Ma or God; it is the same as the Patanjali doctrine, and constitutes one of the six Darshanas or philosophical schools of the Hindus. 8. Magic, or the acquisition of supernatural powers by the mystical and magical worship of Siva and Durga especially. 9. Consequence, result, the main end or object of any thing or act. 10. Connection of one thing with another, as of cause with effect, predicate with subject, quality with substance, &c. 11. Acquisition of something not possessed before, accession of property or wealth; in grammar this application is assigned to any unusual construction of words or compounds, unauthorised by rule, but sanctioned by the authority that employs them. 12. A rule, an aphorism. 13. Propriety, fitness. 14. Side, part, cause or argument to be maintained or defended. 15. Thing, substance. 16. Wealth. 17. A drug, a medicament, especially a compound of various, ingredients. 18. Fraud, trick. 19. A logician. 20. A spy, an informer. 21. A violator of truth or confidence. 22. A conveyance, a carriage, a boat, &c. 23. A means, an expedient. 24. Armour. 25. Putting on armour. 26. Lucky conjuncture. 27. (In arithmetic,) Addition. 28. (In astronomy,) The leading or principal star of a lunar mansion. 29. The twenty-seventh part of 3600 of a great circle measured on the plane of the ecliptic, and used in calculating the longitudes of the sun and moon; each Yoga has a distinct name; astrologers also enumerate twenty-eight Yogas differently named from the foregoing, and corresponding with the twenty-eight Nakshatras, or the divisions of the moon’s path, but varying according to the day of the week. 30. A period, or the time during which the sum of the motions of the sun and moon amount to one Nakshatra, the mean duration of which is 23hs. 474 4444. E. yuj to join literally or figuratively, (as with God,) aff. ghañ .

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