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rajas

Rajas coloured or dim space , the sphere of vapour or mist , region of clouds , atmosphere , air , firmament Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary rajas n. coloured or dim space the sphere of vapour or mist , region of clouds , atmosphere , air , firmament (in Veda one of the divisions of the world and distinguished from {div} or {svar} the sphere of light, and {rocanadivaH}, the ethereal spaces, which are beyond the {rajas} , as ether is beyond the air ; often {rajas} , = the whole expanse of heaven or sky , divided into a lower and upper stratum , the {rajasuparam} or {pArthivam} and the {rajasuttamam} or {paramam} or {divyam}; hence du. {rajasI} , the lower and higher atmospheres; sometimes also three and RV. i , 164 , 6 even six such spheres are enumerated , hence pl. {rajAMsi}, the skies) vapour , mist , clouds , gloom , dimness , darkness impurity , dirt , dust , any small particle of matter (cf. {go-r-}) the dust or pollen of flowers cultivated or ploughed land (as dusty or dirty) , arable land , fields the impurity i.e. the menstrual discharge of a woman the darkening quality , passion , emotion , affection (in phil.) the second of the three Gunas or qualities (the other two being {sattva} , goodness , and {tamas} , darkness {rajas} is sometimes identified with {tejas} q.v. ; it is said to predominate in air , and to be active , urgent , and variable) light or day or world or water a kind of plant (= {parpaTa}) tin autumn sperm safflower m. N. of a Rishi (son of Vasishtha) [Cf. Gk.; Goth. {riqis}.]
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