Yogi, Yogī: 11 definitions

Introduction

Yogi 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

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Yogī (योगी) refers to “(1) One whose heart remains connected with Śrī Bhagavān (2) One who endeavours for spiritual perfection”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Yogī (योगी) refers to:—One who practises the yoga system with the goal of realisation of the Supersoul or of merging into the Lord’s personal body. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram 4.7-17

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.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yogī (योगी) or Yogin represents an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.10. Accordingly as Viṣṇu said to Brahmā:—“[...] He rests and relaxes in His own soul. He is free from the pair of opposites, such as happiness and unhappiness. He is subservient to His devotees in a fine physical body. He is a Yogin [Yogī] devoted always to the practice of Yogas. He is guide to the path of Yoga”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

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

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

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

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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

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

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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-English dictionary

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

1) Yogi (योगि):—[from yoga] 1. yogi (mc.) = yogin (only in [genitive case] [plural] yogīnām).

2) [v.s. ...] 2. yogi in [compound] for yogin.

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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. 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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