Yogin: 9 definitions


Yogin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yogin (योगिन्) or Yogī 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 devoted always to the practice of Yogas. He is guide to the path of Yoga”.

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Yogin.—cf. yogīndra (SII 1) a [Jain] ascetic. Note: yogin is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

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

Yogin, (adj. -n.) (fr. yoga, cp. Class. Sk. yogin) 1. (-°) applying oneself (to), working (by means of), using Vism. 70 (hattha° & patta° using the hand or the bowl; but translation p. 80: “hand-ascetic” & “bowl-ascetic”). ‹-› 2. one who devotes himself to spiritual things, an earnest student, one who shows effort (in contemplation), a philosopher, wise man. The word does not occur in the four Nikāyas. In the older verses it is nearly synonymous with muni. The oldest ref. is Th. 1, 947 (pubbake yogī “Saints of other days” Mrs. Rh. D.). frequent in Miln, e.g. pp. 2, 356 (yogi-jana); at pp. 366, 393, 404, 417, 418 in old verses. combined with yogâvacara Miln. 366, 404.—Further passages are Nett 3, 10, 61; Vism. 2, 14, 66, 71 (in verse), 150, 320, 373, 509, 620, 651, 696; DhsA. 195, 327. (Page 559)

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yogin (योगिन्).—a. [yuj ghinuṇ, yoga-ini vā]

1) Connected or endowed with.

2) Possessed of magical powers.

3) Endowed or provided with, possessing.

4) Practising Yoga. -m.

1) A contemplative saint, a devotee, an ascetic; आत्मौपम्येन सर्वत्र समं पश्यति योऽर्जुन । सुखं वा यदि वा दुःखं स योगी परमो मतः (ātmaupamyena sarvatra samaṃ paśyati yo'rjuna | sukhaṃ vā yadi vā duḥkhaṃ sa yogī paramo mataḥ) || Bg.6.32; see the sixth adhyāya inter alia; सेवाधर्मः परमगहनो योगिनामप्यगम्यः (sevādharmaḥ paramagahano yogināmapyagamyaḥ) Pt.1.285; बभूव योगी किल कार्तवीर्यः (babhūva yogī kila kārtavīryaḥ) R.6.38.

2) A magician, sorcerer.

3) A follower of the Yoga system of philosophy.

4) Name of Yājñavalkya.

5) Of Arjuna.

6) Of Viṣṇu.

7) Of Śiva.

8) Name of a mixed caste.

-nī 1 A female magician, witch, sorceress, fairy.

2) A female devotee.

3) Name of a class of female attendants on Śiva or Durgā; बलीनदात् योगिनीभ्यो दिक्पालेभ्योऽप्यनेकधा (balīnadāt yoginībhyo dikpālebhyo'pyanekadhā) Śiva B. 6.51; (they are usually said to be eight). -4 Name of Durgā.

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

Yogin (योगिन्).—mfn. (-gī-ginī-gi) 1. Who or what joins, or effects junction or connection, &c. 2. Possessed of superhuman powers. m. (-gī) 1. A devotee, an ascetic in general. 2. The religious or devout man, who performs worldly actions and ceremonies without regard to their results, and keeps his mind fixed upon Brahma or God alone. 3. The performer of the particular act of meditation called Yoga. 4. A magician, a conjuror, one supposed to have obtained supernatural powers. f. (-nī) Name of the eight female fiend or spirit attendant on, and created by Durga; E. yoga as above, ini aff.; or yuj to join, aff. ghinuṇ .

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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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