Sthūla - Thick, gross, dense

kramadvādaśakaṃ samyag dvādaśākṣarabheditam |
sthūlasūkṣmaparasthityā muktvā muktvāntataḥ śivaḥ || 30 ||

sthūlarūpasya bhāvasya stabdhāṃ dṛṣṭiṃ nipātya ca |
acireṇa nirādhāraṃ manaḥ kṛtvā śivaṃ vrajet || 80 ||

sthūla - strong, the dense level of creation, tangible, material (contrasted with suksma, subtle)

sthū [p= 1265,2] [L=255910]
sthā , formed to account for the , words below) , prob. " to be thick or solid or strong. "
(H1) (collateral of √1.

sthūlá [p= 1266,1] [L=256004]
(ā́)n. (fr. √ sthū = sthā and originally identical with sthūra) large , thick , stout , massive , bulky , big , huge AV. &c

fig. = " not detailed or precisely defined " ; cf. yathā-sth°) Mn. MBh. &c

cf. comp.) MBh. Pan5cat.

phil.) gross , tangible , material (opp. to sūkma , " subtle " ; cf. sthūla-śarīra)
sthūlá [L=256008]
Artocarpus Integrifolia L.
sthūlá [L=256009]
N. of one of śiva's attendants L.
sthūlá [L=256010]
n. g. ardharcā*di
sthūlá [L=256012]
Cucumis Utilissimus L.
sthūlá [L=256013]
large cardamoms L.
sthūlá [L=256014]
" the gross body " (= sthūla-ś°) Up. MBh. &c
sthūlá [L=256015]
sour milk , curds L.
sthūlá [L=256016]
= a L.
sthūlá [L=256017]
a heap , quantity W.
sthūlá [L=256018]
a tent (prob. for 1. sthula) ib.
(H2) mf
[L=256005]coarse , gross , rough (also
[L=256006]dense , dull , stolid , doltish , stupid , ignorant (
(H2B) m.
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(H2B) m.
(H2B) n.
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(H2B) n.

Some Examples of Sthula Usage

Vijnanabhairava, or Divine consciousness: a treasury of 112 types ... - Page 52
Jaideva Singh - 1979 - 173 pages - Preview
Mantra tattva Apara or bheda or sthula level. pada bhuvana Of these, each preceding adhvd is vydpaka ie, pervasive, inhering (in the succeeding one) and each succeeding adhvd is vydpya ie capable of being pervaded by the preceding one. ...

Mahanirvana Tantra: Tantra of the Great Liberation - Page 47
author - Full view
The manifestation of the gross form (sthula) of shabda is not possible unless shabda exists in a subtle (sukshma) form. Mantras are all aspects of the Brahman and manifestations of Kula-kundalini. Philosophically shabda is the guna of ...

The origins of Oṃ maṇipadme hūṃ: a study of the Kāraṇḍavyūha sūtra - Page 72
Alexander Studholme - 2002 - 222 pages - Google eBook - Preview
The pranava also, the purana goes on to explain, has both a subtle (suk$ma) and a gross (sthula) form. ... Similarly, in the Siva Purana: "A man can achieve everything by means of thejapa of the five- syllabled mantra. ...

The garland of letters: studies in the Mantra-sāstra
Sir John George Woodroffe - 1969 - 353 pages - Snippet view
Bhautika-Srsti may relate either to Suk$ma or Sthula elements, the former being everything except the latter ; so that ... However, if we provisionally leave the compounding of the Sthula elements to Virat, then its Pratyaya too may be ...

Auspicious wisdom: the texts and traditions of Śrīvidyā Śākta ... - Page 82
Douglas Renfrew Brooks - 1992 - 301 pages - Google eBook - Preview
For the Srividya practitioner, the icon and the mantra of the goddess are signs (representamen) that create equivalent and more developed signs (interpretant). The physical (sthula) and subtle (suksma) forms (rupa) of the goddess ...

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Purāṇas: Volume 1; Volume 5 - Page 1245
Swami Parmeshwaranand, Parmeshwaranand (Swami.) - 2001 - 1118 pages - Full view
It says that the five-syllabled mantra (namah sivaya), with orii prefixed to it, consitutes the sthula pranava. It implies the five principles. One has to be properly initiated for undertaking the practices of the japa of this mantra ...

Encyclopaedia of Hinduism - Page 945
N.K. Singh - 2002 - 18974 pages - Preview
Know that the mantra of the one-syllabled Om is Pranava. It has the eight differences of akara, ukara, makara, ardhamatra, ... and since he is the enjoyer of Vis'va (the universe), he becomes the sthula-prajna (gross consciousness). ...
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The serpent power: being the Ṣaṭ-cakra-nirūpana and ... - Page 218
Arthur Avalon, Sir John George Woodroffe, Pūrṇānanda - 1974 - 529 pages - Preview
The physical form has hands, feet, etc., the subtle consists of Mantra, and the supreme is the Vasana, or, in the technical sense of the Mantra Sastra, own form . The Kularnava-Tantra divides Dhyana into Sthula and Suksma (IX, .

Ritual and speculation in early tantrism: studies in honour of ... - Page 258
André Padoux, Teun Goudriaan - 1992 - 359 pages - Google eBook - Preview
... Death') or Amrtesa ('Lord of Ambrosia') or Netra ('Eye- Vision'), three means are envisaged here; viz., mantra, yoga, and jnSna. ... dhyana ('meditation '), yantra ('diagram'), and a variety of mantras are subsumed under sthula yoga. ...

Maṇḍalas and Yantras in the Hindu traditions - Page 129
Gudrun Bühnemann - 2003 - 303 pages - Preview
Then the practitioner visualizes that the mantras being present upon the mandala enter the gross (sthula) body of the main mantra, ie, that of Visnu himself. The main mantra's gross body enters its subtle (siiksma) body and the latter, ...

Understanding mantras - Page 180
Harvey P. Alper - 1991 - 540 pages - Preview
28 As we saw earlier, the sthula pranava consists of five syllables: diva's name in the dative preceded, and occasionally ... more detailed, as "the mantra with Siva's name in the dative case, preceded by OM and followed by namah. ...

Shakti and Shâkta: essays and addresses on the Shâkta Tantrashâstra - Page 348
Sir John George Woodroffe - 1951 - 734 pages - Full view
So may a Mantra. It is not necessary, however, to do so. Those who are sheltered by their own pure strength, ... union is had with the Mother Shakti in the Mantra form (Mantra- mayi), in Her Sthula and Sukshma aspects respectively. ...

A trident of wisdom - Page 159
Abhinavagupta (Rājānaka.) - 1989 - 404 pages - Google eBook - Preview
In the para or supreme state, she is the repository of varna or letters, in the pardpara or supreme-cum-non-supreme state (ie suksma state) she is the repository of mantra or words; in the apara state (sthula state) she is the ...

Tantric visions of the divine feminine - Page 135
David R. Kinsley - 1998 - 328 pages - Preview
An analysis of Bhuvanesvari's bija mantra, hrim, illustrates her embodiment of creation and the stages in the creative process ... the bija mantra is the goddess herself, and her physical, anthropomorphic image is considered her sthula, ...

Shakti and Sh[kta - Page 297
John Woodroffe, Sir John Woodroffe - 2007 - 436 pages - Preview
This is however only realized by the Sadhaka, when his Shakti generated by Sadhana is united with Mantra- Shakti. kundalini, who is extremely subtle, manifests in gross (Sthula) form in differing aspects as different Devatas. ...

Principles of Tantra: Part 2 - Page lxxv
Arthur Avalon - 2003 - 592 pages - Preview
Dhyana (meditation) is of two kinds, Sukshma and Sthula — that is, supersensuous and sensuous. *P3^ Tllf^qx^ tTTI^ TOR II wiwh *n?snf*! urn *fr^*RT?prm; ... 1 The particular Mantra which the particular Sadhaka receives at initiation. ...

Hindu spirituality: Postclassical and modern - Page 26
K. R. Sundararajan, Bithika Mukerji - 2003 - 584 pages - Preview
In some cases the mantra is taught by the master (guru) while initiating a disciple, or is obtained in a dream. In the Indian context, mantra has four planes: the gross (sthula, ie, articulated speech), the middle (madhyamd, ie, .
The secret of the three cities: an introduction to Hindu Śākta ... - Page 173
Douglas Renfrew Brooks, Bhāskararāya - 1990 - 307 pages - Preview
... and because the silent repetition [of the mantra], which is included within the elements of [internal sacrifice], ... sacrifice is viewed as different from worship of the physical {sthula) aspect of the goddess] cannot be avoided. ...

Love divine: studies in bhakti and devotional mysticism - Page 185
Karel Werner - 1993 - 226 pages - Preview
There is a Saiva scheme which classifies the universe into supreme (para), subtle (suksma) and gross (sthula) ... guru is a teacher who initiates the disciple into the teachings and texts, and gives a mantra for meditation (STV 17.32).

See also: Sthula-, the Gross world


sthūlá--prapañca [L=256084]
the gross or material world Veda7ntas.
(H3) m.

sthūlá--maya [L=256098]
(ī)n. consisting of the grosser elements , material VP.
(H3) mf

sthūlá--viaya [p= 1266,2] [L=256118]
a gross or material object Veda7ntas.
(H3) m.

sthūlá--śarīra [L=256123]
the gross or material and perishable body with which a soul clad in its subtle body is invested (opp. to sūkma- and liga-s° , qq.vv.) Veda7ntas. RTL. 35
sthūlá--śarīra [L=256124]
large-bodied W.
(H3) n.
(H3B) mfn.