Yoganidra, Yoganidrā, Yoga-nidra: 14 definitions


Yoganidra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Yoganidra in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा) refers to the “mystic slumber” and is used to describe the Goddess (Devī), who incarnated as Satī, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.14. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On seeing the mother of the universe born of Vīriṇī, Dakṣa joined his palms in reverence, paid respects to her and eulogised her. [...] I bow to Thee, the bestower of benefits, Thee who art auspicious, calm, great illusion, mystic slumber (yoganidrā) and identical with the universe”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—Of Viṣṇu on the waters: His primordial form;1 his sleep at Prayāgā;2 left it for churning the ocean.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 2-5.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 9.
  • 3) Ib. 150. 212; 249. 45.
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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)

[«previous next»] — Yoganidra in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा) refers to “yogic sleep” and represents the particular sign associated with the Fifth Praṇava, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—The “Sūtra of the Five Praṇavas”, which is chapter fifty-four of the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, is concerned solely with aligning the praṇavas with the seats and placing them along the axis of the body. According to this sūtra, each of the Five Praṇavas has its own colour and corresponds to a state of attainment evidenced by signs of possession (āveśa) [i.e., yoganidrā, ‘yogic sleep’]. They are projected into five places along the vertical axis of the body, which, in some cases, correspond to the locations of the inner Wheels implying thereby that they mark stages in the ascent of Kuṇḍalinī through them. [...]

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Yoganidra in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा) refers to the “yogic sleep”, according to the the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] The Yogin cultivates that state which arises at the end of waking and the beginning of sleep. He is surely liberated [by it]. Just as someone who has suddenly arisen from sleep becomes aware of sense objects, so the yogin wakes up from that [world of sense objects] at the end of his yogic sleep (yoganidrā-akṣaya) [in the no-mind state]. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Tibetan Buddhism)

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा) refers to both Yoga and Sleep, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya.—In the Amanaska, the term yoganidrā is a synonym for the no-mind state. [...] In contrast to the paucity of its occurrences in Yoga texts, yoganidrā is well attested in epic, Tantric and Pauranic literature that predates the Amanaska. [...] In Ratnākaraśānti's commentary (i.e., the Guṇavatī) on the Mahāmāyātantra, he glossed yoganidrā as follows; “Because it resembles sleep inasmuch as it is absolutely free from distraction, the sleep [of Yoganidrā] is like sleep; [thus,] Yoganidrā is both yoga and sleep”

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yoganidra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yōganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f S The great sleep of Brahma during the period between the annihilation and the reproduction of the universe.

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

yōganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f The great sleep of Brahma.

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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

[«previous next»] — Yoganidra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—

1) a state of half contemplation and half sleep, a state between sleep and wakefulness; i. e. light sleep; गर्भे प्रणीते देवक्या रोहिणीं योगनिद्रया (garbhe praṇīte devakyā rohiṇīṃ yoganidrayā) Bhāgavata 1. 2.15; योगनिद्रां गतस्य मम (yoganidrāṃ gatasya mama) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1; H.3.75; ब्रह्मज्ञानाभ्यसन- विधिना योगनिद्रां गतस्य (brahmajñānābhyasana- vidhinā yoganidrāṃ gatasya) Bhartṛhari 3.41.

2) particularly, the sleep of Viṣṇu at the end of a Yuga; R.1.14; 13.6.

3) Name of Durgā.

4) the great sleep of Brahmā during the period between प्रलय (pralaya) and उत्पत्ति (utpatti) of the universe.

Yoganidrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and nidrā (निद्रा).

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

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—f.

(-drā) 1. The sleep of Vishnu during the deluge. 2. A state of half contemplation and half sleep. 3. A goddess, a form of Durga or Vishnu'S sleep personified. E. yoga mystery, nidrā sleep.

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

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा).—[feminine] contemplative sleep, i.e. a state between sleeping and waking, slumber, [especially] that of Viṣṇu at the end of an age of the world.

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

1) Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा):—[=yoga-nidrā] [from yoga] f. ‘meditation-sleep’, a state of half med° half sleep (which admits of the full exercise of the mental powers; it is peculiar to devotees), light sleep, ([especially]) the sleep of Viṣṇu at the end of a Yuga, V°’s Sleep personified as a goddess and said to be a form of Durgā, [Mahābhārata; Raghuvaṃśa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] ([according to] to others) the great sleep of Brahmā during the period between the annihilation and reproduction of the universe, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Yoganidrā (योगनिद्रा):—[yoga-nidrā] (drā) 1. f. Sleep of Vishnu after the end of ages; Durgā.

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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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