Yogi, aka: Yogī; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Yogi (योगि).—(Siddha) he who has practised brahmacarya, ahiṃsa, satya, non-stealing, and a parigraha and cultivated a sense of detachment;1 is superior to all for he performs tapas for a hundred years standing on one foot and living on air;2 dharmaśāsanam of: ahiṃsaka; walking on good roads, drinking clean and filtered water and speaking truthful words; after serving his guru for a year goes about begging alms;3 gets the dhāraṇa and tries to avoid the upasargas; must understand the seven sūkṣmas; mahisūkṣma, āpa, tejas, vāyu, vyoma, manas and buddhi sūkṣma, and the condition of these before these elements attain the sthūlabhāva; all of them inter-dependent;4 always intent on prāṇāyāma becomes one with the great being;5 the best to be fed on the occasion of the Śrāddha; superior to the feeding of a thousand householders, a hundred vānaprasthas and a thousand Brahmacārins.6

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 76. 28; Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 7. 36.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 71. 73.
  • 3) Ib. 16. 8-17.
  • 4) Ib. 12. 9, 17.
  • 5) Ib. 10. 94.
  • 6) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 5; 16. 10; Vāyu-purāṇa 71. 67; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 15. 2 and 24.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Yogis are capable of taking any type of bodies due to their yogic power. A Yogi, the one who has conquered his senses establishes a link between the subject and the object during his experience, thereby knowing both the object and the subject simultaneously. An enlightened yogi continues to know the experiencer in the three lower levels of consciousness. For him, the link between the object and the subject is established by circumventing the mind, as the mind causes impressions. A yogi does not get satisfied with the intriguing bliss hence, he progresses further and further to know the One who causes this bliss. Bliss is nothing but the entry point into Rudra’s expanded cosmic energy.

(Source): Manblunder: Sri Rudram 4.7-17
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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "The Supreme Master"

(Source): humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

Yogi (योगी): One who practices yoga, These designations are mostly reserved for advanced practitioners. The word "yoga" itself—from the Sanskrit root yuj ("to yoke") --is generally translated as "union" or "integration" and may be understood as union with the Divine, or integration of body, mind, and spirit.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Yogī (योगी).—A transcendentalist who practices one of the many authorized forms of yoga, or processes of spiritual purification; those who practice the eight-fold mystic yoga process to gain mystic siddhis or Paramātmā realization.

(Source): ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

M (The one who trains into the development of concentration). Person who practices satipatthana or meditation.

(Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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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).


yogī : (m.) one who practices spiritual exercise.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise 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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

yōgī (योगी).—m (S) A performer of the abstract meditation called yōga. 2 An ascetic or a devotee in general.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yōgī (योगी).—m An ascetic or a devotee.

(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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