The term is from Sanskrit.It is also used in Hindi where the a is silent. The literal meaning, as used by the ancient Hindus, were the principles whereby life was led.It is one of those distinctively cultural terms in languages,which one can really appreciate only if one is of that cultureHelo everybody!
"Siddhanta" is an Indian phrase - possibly Hindi, or else.
Could someone please tell me its meaning, and the language to which it belongs.
Thanks in advance.
Do you know how it would be spelt in Hindi?The term is from Sanskrit.It is also used in Hindi where the a is silent. The literal meaning, as used by the ancient Hindus, were the principles whereby life was led.It is one of those distinctively cultural terms in languages,which one can really appreciate only if one is of that culture
Another example is the word dharma.
From what I know Surya Siddhanta is an ancient Hindu religious text for the worship of the Sun.However I am not hundred percent certain on that. Surya in any case means sun! As with Zorastrianism, the Sun has something of a religious significance in Hinduism. I would advice you to read about the pre-Islamic religions of Arabia as from what little I know many of their practices were carried on into Hinduism.Panjabigator,
Thanks indeed for any endeavour you might make.
Though I knew already that it was a name of an astronomical book, your addition “Surya” and correction “Sidhaanta” are really great. Deep appreciation.
Your explanation is really valuable; thanks a lot for that.
I would still be waiting for your or any one else’s specific answer to the meaning of “Surya Sidhaanta”. Please keep in mind that I am completely illiterate of all Indian nationals’ languages.
Karuna you are wrong! Dharma refers to the difference between right and wrong and was an unwritten code by which the ancient Hindus lived.It also refers to a whole way of life.There is thus a subtle difference with Siddhanta,which refers to principles. The present term in Hindi has the same meaning!Siddhānta really means "perfect or ultimate principles, philosophy or teaching". It has little to do with the principles of life which is called dharma. You could divide this word into siddha — perfection, speciality or achievement; and anta — end. In other words siddhānta the is end of teachings or ultimate teachings.
I am not interested in your rigid dictionary definitions,a lot depends on what dictionary you are referring to. Not all are reliable,particularly as we are dealing with a virtually dead language,that is Sanskrit. Anyone with any idea of what I am talking about, will also know that most Indian languages, including Hindi, are derived from Sanskrit. Therefore to discuss Sanskrit in isolation is meaningless as it is, I repeat dead!I don't know Hindi but in Sanskrit both words have very specific meanings that you can confirm in the dictionary. Dharma also has a meaning of sva-bhāva – one's own inherent nature, or more figuratively, the duty one has to perform. I don't think that there was a single ancient Hindu culture. The philosophical and religious schools in India are numerous and diverse with very different ideologies despite sharing the same principal concepts.
Very interesting. I am currently reading the Koran!“many of their practices were carried on into Hinduism“.. Wonderful information, Chopper Seas, since it symmetrizes with the fact that sea trade had been found centuries before Islam between Arabia and Indian subcontent!
Generally, What makes me ask for the meaning of that name is a research I have almost finished that touches on an astronomical (NOT RELIGIOUS NOR MATH) Indian book which had been translated into Arabic circa 773AD.
That book is said to have been brought to Baghdad by some Indian guy called Kankah (or so), and some contemporary sources say that that book was “Brahma Sphuta Siddhanta”, written by Brahmagupta.
Furthermore, it is said that Brahmagupta had written TWO BOOKS: this one on mathematics, and another one titled: Khandakhadyaka on astronomy.
Knowing that Arabs never used to translate names, so they gave the meant book the transliterated title “Sind Hind”. So I want to make sure which one of them, if any, through both meanings: Khandakhadyaka, and Brahma Sphuta Siddhanta.
Not all are reliable,particularly as we are dealing with a virtually dead language,that is Sanskrit. Anyone with any idea of what I am talking about, will also know that most Indian languages, including Hindi, are derived from Sanskrit. Therefore to discuss Sanskrit in isolation is meaningless as it is, I repeat dead!
It is well to note that Hinduism is not a strict codified religion, as Christianity or Islam,and the prevalence of a variety of streams has been an integral characteristic.
I didn't mean to say that there is no unified Indian (Hindu) culture. I just don't think that it is valid to compare Hinduism with Christianity or Islam as single religions. For example, advaita and vaishnava schools within Hinduism is much further apart in their practices and philosophy than Islam is from Christianity. To say that Surya worship is important to Hinduists is equal to the overgeneralized statement that the worship of Virgin Mary is important to Westerners. In the same way, to establish the proper meaning of a Sanskrit term we have to dig deeper into the exact context rather than generalize whole Hindu culture.[/quote
As I mentioned before Hinduism is a recognized world religion, whether you accept it as such or not. It is however not a religion in the sense in which you would understand Christianity and Islam.That was the whole point of the last thread I sent you. Generalisations about Hindu culture are being made by you,to which I have responded with my own perspective.I am not a specialist in either Sanskrit or Hindi,but there are certain erronous misconceptions on your part, which I disagreed with and on which I have commented upon.
Your ignorance of Indian languages is borne out by the assumption that you attribute most of them as being of the Dravidian family! This is wrong on two counts-
1. The Dravidian languages refer only to the Southern branch of languages, including my mother-tongue Malayalam. All these languages have inter-linkages with Sanskrit.My own language is eighty-percent Sanskrit.
2.Apart form this there is the Indo-European group of languages and the Indo-Tibetan group.
Greek has for example had a very strong influence on Sanskrit.Similarly the name of the country is itself derived from the Greek term -Indica. The basic point I am making, is that it is erronous to consider languages in terms of water-tight compartments.Again I do not claim to be a specialist!