svabhāva - natural state, innate disposition, nature, impulse, spontaneity

[p= 1276,1]

स्वभाव svabhAva impulse
स्वभाव svabhAva nature
स्वभाव svabhAva natural state or constitution

svá--bhāva [p= 1276,1] [L=258038]
(ifc. f(ā).) native place Vishn2.

°vāt or °vena or °va-tas or ibc.) , (from natural disposition , by nature , naturally , by one's self , spontaneously) S3vetUp. Mn. MBh. &c
(H3) m.
[L=258039]own condition or state of being , natural state or constitution , innate or inherent disposition , nature , impulse , spontaneity

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Journeying with the Instinct Allies

When you are meditating, you are face-to-face with the forces that are continually shaping you and forming the texture of your aliveness. The more you get to know these impulses or instincts the more you will be able to accept your healing and rejuvenation. The impulses of life arising in your body want you to be balanced, fulfilled, and healthy, in rhythm with yourself and those around you. The more you trust your instincts and let them operate in the way that is particular to you, the more at home in your body you will feel.

The instincts are allies that help you answer the calls of everyday life. Each has its gift of savvy and energy to give you, or the innate skills of hunting, resting, knowing what to eat, and more. One of the purposes of meditation is to promote a seamless weaving between these instincts and your actions. Your task is to unify them into a working whole to stay healthy or, if suffering, to ignite your natural healing power.

It is most important to let yourself be open and versatile and not restrict your range of responses to the instincts. If you are in need of healing—emotional, mental, or physical—you may have to do things that are out of the ordinary for you. If you let your meditation experience be rich and varied, you are more likely to allow yourself to stretch and do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Besides, the instincts you deny may be exactly the ones you need to turn to for your healing; in fact, this is very likely the case. If you didn’t deny them or avoid certain instincts in some way, you would have a natural abundance of that quality as part of your reservoir of healing.

For example, let’s go through some of the instincts that you may be neglecting in some way and see how they can affect your quest for wholeness.

Communicating. If you won’t talk, you may be keeping secrets from your spouse, friends, doctor, or therapist; you may not be able to unburden your heart and share information vital to your healing. You may not talk to your loved ones and use the time of your hurting to strengthen the connection between you.

Protecting. If you won’t fight for yourself, you may not take the steps nec- essary to help yourself heal. You may not be able to mobilize your desire to be well, which is often essential on the quest.

Grooming. If you won’t care for yourself adequately, your health may suffer. If you won’t surrender and let yourself be cared for by others, you may not make time for preventive measures like regular exams.

Resting. If you won’t rest enough, you may carry fatigue and stress from one day to the next to the next. Your entire life may be lived under a cloud of tiredness, which affects everything you do and every relation- ship. If you have injuries of any kind, physical or emotional, your healing may be inhibited.

Nurturing. If you won’t make the effort to eat right, really pay attention to what you’re eating, then you are hurting your chances for a timely and complete recovery.

For a full, vital life, you want to exercise all of your instincts. Life seeks always to be responsive and adaptable, meaning you can move in any direction you need, and learn whatever you need to in order to thrive. Supple attention is a healthy response to life’s callings. Life will be nudging you, so be prepared to feel that nudge, listen to it, move with it. Don’t just witness the instincts in a detached way; that will not encourage the flow of vitality through you. While meditating, revel in each instinct as it arises, cherish it, let yourself be moved by it. Use all your senses and the instincts themselves will teach you how to attend to them. Engage them in a playful way and as a matter of course you will discover many fine nuances that no one has ever written about.

Life renews and heals itself by rotating through all these instinctive tones. During meditation, whether you want it or not, your experience will be shaped continually as this rotation occurs. In any given moment, for example, you may be resting very deeply and comfortably in meditation and then a few seconds later the whole tone of your experience changes toward alertness, as if you were hunting or standing guard. Learn to recognize and cooperate with each of these instinctive tones.

A Meeting Ground for All the Instincts

The scientific research on meditation often emphasizes the resting aspect of meditation, because it is measurable and obviously has such a powerful health benefit. Sleep and dreaming are healing, and since meditation is a much deeper kind of rest than sleep, it makes sense that it would be deeply healing.

In addition to repairing injured tissue, the mind-body system works on its adaptability and internal stability, preparing itself for action. We experience this every time we sleep and dream, and experience it consciously when we meditate. In the attentive restfulness that is meditation, the brain, nervous system, endocrine system, muscular system, circulatory system, immune system, and digestive system work out their timing and coordination. This is why one simple process of meditation is being prescribed as a treatment for so many different ailments and conditions.

But meditation is not just about the resting instinct; it is something much more exciting. Meditation is the meeting ground for all of your instincts. It is a place where body and soul, all aspects of who you are, come together, at last, to bond and commingle and communicate and work out how to better survive and thrive in this magnificent world. It only makes sense: If nature or God would create beings as complex as humans, then she, he, or it would also provide, as a courtesy, a means to unify the whole mess in harmony and health.

When you are meditating you will notice your experience changing continually and in surprising ways. For a few minutes you may experience your brain sorting through many items on your to-do list, then suddenly you will be in pure repose, a blissful inner quiet. Attention may be called to rest in some part of your body such as your legs or arms or face, and you will enjoy the sensations as the relaxation of meditation massages your muscles into letting go of tension. Then experience will change completely into another need—hunger, loneliness, or tiredness; then after a few minutes you might become excited, sexually aroused, and eager to go live your life with gusto.

In this way, meditation is a place where all your instincts meet and greet each other, come to the foreground and then fade into the background, and work out a balance. Understanding this is a central skill in meditation. If you don't accept all this change, all this fluctuation and alternation between instincts, you will tend to struggle against it and have an awful time. Working with the instincts helps give you the inner feedback and skill to meditate safely on your own, with no one to supervise you.

Impulse Words in Sanskrit

1 iṣaṇyā (impulse) 2 iṣitatvatā (impulse) 3 iṣṭi (impulse) 4 eṣaṇa (impulse) 5 kṣobhayitṛ (impulse) 6 jalapūrṇa (impulse) 7 java (impulse) 8 jūti (impulse) 9 tuj (impulse) 10 tveṣas (impulse) 11 dhrāji (impulse) 12 nodana (impulse) 13 pratijūtivarpas (impulse) 14 prayukti (impulse) 15 prayuj (impulse) 16 prasava (impulse) 17 preṣa (impulse) 18 bādha (impulse) 19 muni (impulse) 20 vṛṣajūti (impulse) 21 śuṣma (impulse) 22 satyaprasava (impulse) 23 satyaprasavas (impulse) 24 saṃdeśya (impulse) 25 sava (impulse) 26 svabhāva (impulse) 27 hetu (impulse) 28 heman (impulse)
iayā́ [p= 168,3] [L=29443]
instigation , impulse RV. viii , 60 , 18.
(H2) f.
iitá--tvátā [L=29451]
by impulse or excitement RV. x , 132 , 2.
(H3) ind.
iṣṭí 1 [p= 169,1] [L=29509]
impulse , acceleration , hurry

iṣṭí 2 [p= 169,2] [L=29586]
seeking , going after RV.

RV. VS. &c

N. applied to the statement of grammarians who are considered as authoritative.
íṣṭi 3 [p= 169,3] [L=29650]
sacrificing , sacrifice

&c , opposed to the sacrifice of an animal or soma RV. i , 166 , 14 ; x , 169 , 2 S3Br. A1s3vS3r. Ya1jn5. Mn. S3ak. Ragh. &c
iṣṭi [p= 1321,1] [L=321530]
(H2) f.
(H2) f.
[L=29587]endeavouring to obtain
[L=29588]wish , request , desire
[L=29589]any desired object
[L=29590]a desired rule , a desideratum , a
(H2) f.
[L=29651]an oblation consisting of butter , fruits ,
(H2) 3 (in (
e* aa 1 [p= 232,3] [L=40244]
(ā)n. impulse , ardent desire BhP.
éaa 2 [p= 233,1] [L=40259]
seeking for , wishing Nir.
éaa 2 [L=40260]
an iron arrow L.
éaa 2 [L=40262]
(with jainas) right behaviour when begging food Sarvad. 39 , 9
éaa 2 [L=40264]
a goldsmith's scale L.
éaa 2 [L=40265]
the act of seeking , begging , solicitation MBh.
éaa 2 [L=40266]
medical examination , probing Sus3r.
(H2) f
(H2) mfn.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) n.
(H2B) n.
kobhayit [p= 331,3] [L=60149]
one who gives the first impulse for anything Ba1dar. ii , 2 , 8 Sch.
(H2) mfn.
jalá--pūra [p= 415,1] [L=77964]
" full to overflowing " , with yoga m. irresistible impulse Hariv. 5196 ; 5425 and 5429.
jala--pūra [p= 1327,2] [L=331760.6]
Bcar. viii, 74
(H3) mfn.
(H3) (also) filled with tears,
javá [p= 416,2] [L=78316]
( √ ju , or ) swift AV. xix , 7 , 1
javá [L=78317]
(parox. Pa1n2. 3-3 , 56 , Va1rtt. 4 and 57) speed , velocity , , swiftness RV. i , 112 , 21 ; x , 111 , 9 VS. AV. S3Br. &c
javá [L=78318]
impulse (of the mind) RV. x , 71 , 8
(H1) mfn.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m. pl.
jūtí [p= 424,2] [L=80084]
( Pa1n2. 3-3 , 97) going or driving , on , quickness , velocity , speed RV. AV. VS. xxi S3Br. ii , xii

AV. xix , 58 , 1

RV. VS. ii , 13 S3Br. xii

pra-jñāna AitUp. v , 2
jūtí [L=80088]
N. of the author of RV. x , 136 , 1
jūtí [L=80089]
cf. rátha-.
(H2) f.
[L=80085]flowing without interruption
[L=80086]impulse , incitement , instigation , inclination , energy
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
Westergaard Dhatupatha links: 33.82, 7.70
Whitney Roots links: tuj
túj 1 [p= 450,1] [L=85811]
(only acc. °jam dat. °) = túc , iii-v. 1.
tuj 2 [L=85813]
(3.du. A1. °jete ; p. P. °ját ; inf. jáse and túje ; Pass. p. °jyámāna) , and tuñj (3. pl. P. °jánti A1. °játe ; p. °jāná , túñjāna , and túñjamāna) , to strike , hit , push RV.  ; 
to press out ("
túñjati , to give " Naigh. Nir. ) RV. i , ix  ; 
A1. to flow forth , iii , 1 , 16  ; 
to instigate , incite ,
i , iii  ; 
Pass. to be vexed , i , 11 , 5: cl.1. tojati , to hurt Dha1tup. vii , 70: Caus. (p. tujáyat ; aor. Pot. tutujyā́t , p. tū́tujāna q.v.) to promote RV. i , 143 , 6  ; 
to move quickly.
vii , 104 , 7  ; 
tuñjayati , " to speak " or " to shine " Dha1tup. xxxiii , 82  ; 
tuñj° or tojayati , to hurt , xxxii , 30  ; 
to be strong
ib.  ; 
to give or take
ib.  ; 
to abide
ib.  ; 
cf. ā-tují. 3.
túj [L=85814]
urging RV.
túj [L=85815]
(only instr. °) shock , impulse , assault RV.
(H1) f.
(H1) cl.6.
(H3) mfn.
(H3B) f.
tveás [p= 464,2] [L=89169]
energy , impulse , 61 , 11.
(H2) n.
dhrā́ji [p= 521,2] [L=102262]
= dhrájas ib. (also dhrājí)


(H3) f.
[L=102263]impulse , force (of a passion)
nodana [p= 571,2] [L=112602]
driving away , removing Ka1vya7d.
nodana [L=112603]
= noda BhP.
nodana [L=112604]
impelling , impulse ib.
(H2) mfn.
(H2B) n.
(H2B) n.
prati--jūti-varpas [p= 662,1] [L=131499]
práti-) mfn. assuming any form according to impulse RV. iii , 60 , 1.
(H3) (
prá-° yukti [p= 688,2] [L=136291]
(prá-) impulse , motive RV.

TBr. S3am2k. Ra1jat.
(H3) f.
[L=136291.1]setting in motion , employment
pra- √ yuj [L=136273]
-yukte (rarely P. -yunakti ; cf. Pa1n2. 1-3 , 64) , to yoke or join or harness to (loc.) RV.  ; 
to unite with (
instr.) AV.  ; 
to turn (the mind) to (
loc.) RV.  ; 
to prepare for (
dat.) ib.  ; 
to set in motion , throw , cast (also dice) , discharge , hurl at (
loc. or dat.) MBh. Ka1v. &c  ; 
to utter , pronounce , speak , recite
ib.  ; 
to fix , place in or on (
loc.) BhP.  ; 
to direct , order , urge to (
dat. or loc.) MBh. Ka1v. &c  ; 
to choose for (two
acc.) Kum.  ; 
to lead towards , bring into (
acc.) BhP.  ; 
to use , employ , practise , display , exhibit , perform , accomplish , contrive , do
Br. &c  ; 
to undertake , commence , begin
Vait. R.  ; 
to cause , effect , produce
Kum. BhP. Sarvad.  ; 
to represent on the stage , act
Mr2icch. Ka1lid.  ; 
to lend (for use or interest)
Mn. Ya1jn5. : Pass. -yujyate , to be fit or suitable , conduce to (dat.) Ka1v. Pan5cat. : Caus. -yojayati , to throw , discharge , hurl at or against (loc.) MBh.  ; 
to utter , pronounce
R.  ; 
to show , display , exhibit
BhP.  ; 
manas) to concentrate the mind S3vetUp.  ; 
to urge , direct , appoint to (
loc.) MBh. BhP.  ; 
to transfer or entrust to (
dat.) MBh.  ; 
to undertake , begin
Ka1m.  ; 
to represent on the stage
Hariv. Sa1h.  ; 
to cause to be represented by (
instr.) Uttarar.  ; 
to use , employ
MBh. Ka1m. Sus3r. &c  ; 
to perform , practise
Mn. iii , 112  ; 
vddhim) to take interest ib. x , 117  ; 
prayogam) to invest capital SaddhP.  ; 
to be applicable
g. kubhnā*di  ; 
to aim at , have in view
Pa1n2. 6-3 , 62 Sch.: Desid. -yuyukate , to wish to use , want , require Pat.
pra-yúj [L=136293]
(prob.) a team RV.



°yujā havīṃṣi or °yug-ghav° N. of 12 oblations , one of which is offered each month S3Br. )
pra-yúj [L=136293.4]
joining , connected with (lit. or fig. , as a cause , motive &c ) W.
(H1) A1.
(H2) f.
[L=136293.1]impulse , motive
(H2B) mfn.
pra-sava [p= 697,2] [L=137927]
pra-sava. » pra- √3. su and pra- √1. 2. su.
pra-savá 1 [p= 697,3] [L=138014]
(for 2. and 3. » [p= 698,1]) the pressing out (soma juice) RV. S3rS.
prá-sava 2 [p= 698,1] [L=138025]
(for 1. pra- √3. su) setting or being set in motion , impulse , course , rush , flight RV. AitBr.

RV. AV. Br. &c


next TBr. 1.
pra-savá 3 [L=138034]
(ifc. f(ā). ; for 1. 2. » above ) begetting , procreation , generation , conception , parturition , delivery , birth , origin VS. &c


ib. S3am2k.

Mn. MBh. &c (kisalaya-pr° , " a young shoot " Ragh. )

MBh. Ka1v. Sus3r. (also n. R. )

(H1) 1. 2. 3.
(H2) m.
(H2) m.
[L=138026]stimulation , furtherance , aid
[L=138027]pursuit , acquisition
(H2) m.
[L=138035]augmentation , increase
[L=138037]offspring , posterity
[L=138038]a flower
pré* a [p= 712,3] [L=141087]
urging on , impelling , impulse ib. i , 68 , 5


(H3) m.
[L=141088]sending , dispatching
[L=141089]pain , affliction
bādhá 1 [p= 728,1] [L=144319]
a harasser , tormentor Hariv.

RV. &c

ā , f. ; cf. Va1m. v , 2 , 44) injury , detriment , hurt , damage MBh. Ka1v. &c

» prā*a-)

comp.) Pan5cat.

&c ) Sa1h. Pa1n2. Sch. &c

log. , one of the 5 forms of fallacious middle term) Kap. Bha1sha1p. &c
bā́dha 2 [L=144348]
(prob.) urging , impulse ( Naigh. ii , 9= bala Sa1y. = bādhaka , bādhana) RV. vi , 11 , 5 ; i , 61 , 2 ; 132 , 5 (?).
(H2) m.
[L=144320]annoyance , molestation , affliction , obstacle , distress , pain , trouble
[L=144322]danger , jeopardy (
[L=144323]exclusion from (
[L=144324]suspension , annulment (of a rule
[L=144325]a contradiction , objection , absurdity , the being excluded by superior proof (in
(H2) m.
múni [p= 823,1] [L=165590]
(accord. to Un2. iv , 122 impulse , eagerness (?) RV. vii , 56 , 8

RV. AV. Br.

esp. one who has taken the vow of silence) S3Br. &c &c (with hdayeu sthita , the internal monitor or conscience Mn. viii , 91)


of a son of kuru MBh.

dyuti-mat Ma1rkP.

vyāsa Kir.

bharata Sa1h.

agastya L.

buddha or arhat Lalit.

ini &c (cf. -traya)



Agati Grandiflora , Buchanania Latifolia , Butea Frondosa , Terminalia Catappa , the mango-tree and Artemisia Indica) L.

" the celestial munis " , N. of the seven stars of Ursa Major (and there fore a symbolical N. for the number " seven ") Var. Su1ryas. S3rutab.
múni [L=165607]
N. of a vara (called after a royal muni) VP.
(H1) m.
[L=165591](prob.) any one who is moved by inward impulse , an inspired or ecstatic person , enthusiast
[L=165592]a saint , sage , seer , ascetic , monk , devotee , hermit (
[L=165593]a Brahman of the highest (eighth) order ,
[L=165595]of a son of
[L=165599]of a
[L=165601]of other nien
[L=165602]of various authors
[L=165603]of various plants (
(H1B) n.
vṛṣa--jūti [p= 1012,2] [L=205002]
vṛ́ṣa-) mfn. having manly impulse or speed ib.
(H3) (
śuma 1 [p= 1085,1] [L=220022]
n. fire , flame L.

śúma 2 [L=220033]
(ā)n. hissing , roaring (as water) RV.


śúma 2 [L=220036]
hissing , roaring , rushing (of water , fire , the wind &c ) RV. AV.
śúma 2 [L=220037]
exhalation , fragrance , odour (of plants , esp. of the soma) RV. VS.
śúma 2 [L=220038]
strength , vigour , vital or sexual energy , impulse , courage , valour ib. AV. TBr.
śúma 2 [L=220039]
semen virile (?) AV. ix , 1 , 10 ; 20
śúma 2 [L=220040]
air , wind L.
śúma 2 [L=220041]
a bird L.
śúma 2 [L=220042]
w.r. for śuṣṇa Pa1n2. 3-1 , 85 Sch.
śúma 2 [L=220043]
strength (= bala) Naigh. ii , 9.
(H2) m.
[L=220023]the sun
(H2) mf
[L=220035]strong , bold
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) n.
satyá--prasava [p= 1136,1] [L=229947]
satyá-) mfn. ( TS. VS. S3Br. ) one whose stimulating impulse or inspiration is true or continues true to itself.
(H3) (
satyá--prasa° vas [L=229948]
( VS. ) one whose stimulating impulse or inspiration is true or continues true to itself.
(H3) mfn.
sa-° deśyá [p= 1143,2] [L=231466]
to be directed or instructed Katha1s.


opp. to vi-deśya , " foreign ") AV.
(H3) mfn.
[L=231467]founded on direction or impulse , done on purpose
[L=231468]belonging to this place , domestic (as
savá 1 [p= 1190,1] [L=239424]
(fr. √3. su) pressing out the juice of the soma plant RV. S3Br. S3a1n3khS3r.


savá 1 [L=239427]
the juice or honey of flowers L.
savá 2 [p= 1190,2] [L=239461]
(fr. √1. ) one who sets in motion or impels , an instigator , stimulator , commander VS. S3Br.
savá 2 [L=239462]
the sun (cf. savit) L.
savá 2 [L=239463]
setting in motion , vivification , instigation , impulse , command , order (esp. applied to the activity of savit ; dat. savā́ya , " for setting in motion ") RV. AV. VS. TBr.
savá 2 [L=239464]
N. of partic. initiatory rites , inauguration , consecration Br.
savá 2 [L=239465]
a kind of sacrifice Kaus3.
savá 2 [L=239466]
any sacrifice MBh.
savá 2 [L=239467]
a year (?) BhP. (» bahu-s°).
sava 3 [L=239491]
(fr. √2. ) offspring , progeny L.
(H1) m.
[L=239425]pouring it out
[L=239426]the moon
(H1B) n.
(H1) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1B) m.
(H1) m.
svá--bhāva [p= 1276,1] [L=258038]
(ifc. f(ā).) native place Vishn2.

°vāt or °vena or °va-tas or ibc.) , (from natural disposition , by nature , naturally , by one's self , spontaneously) S3vetUp. Mn. MBh. &c
(H3) m.
[L=258039]own condition or state of being , natural state or constitution , innate or inherent disposition , nature , impulse , spontaneity
hetú [p= 1297,3] [L=262728]
» [p= 1303,3].
hetú [p= 1303,3] [L=264003]
" impulse " , motive , cause , cause of , reason for (loc. , rarely dat. or gen. ; hetunā,heto,hetave,hetau , " for a cause or reason " , " by reason of " , " on account of " [with gen. or comp. e.g. mama heto or mad-dheto , " on account of me "] ; ka hetum or ko heu , " wherefore? " " why? " Pa1n2. 2-2 , 23 Pat. ; yato heto , " because " ; anena hetunā or iti heto , " for this reason " ; mtyu-hetave , " in order to kill " ; hetur alaukika , " a supernatural cause " ; ifc. hetu also = " having as a cause or motive " , " caused or effected or actuated or attracted or impelled by " e.g. karma-hetu , " caused by the acts [of a former existence] " Mn. i , 49 ; sa-hetu , " attracted by [the smell of] flesh " MBh. x , 496 ; karma-phala-hetu , " impelled by [the expectation of] the consequences of any act " BhP. ii , 47 ; 49) RV. &c

esp. applied to the second member or avayava of the five-membered syllogism » nyāya) Nya1yad. IW. 61

» hetuvidyā)

Pa1n2. 1-4 , 55 &c

opp. to pratyaya q.v.) Sarvad.

paśu-patis) that which causes the bondage of the soul i.e. the external world and the senses ib.

hetubhi ifc. " by means of ") MBh.

hetubhi ifc. " according to ") ib. Sus3r. Ya1jn5.

Ra1jat. v , 71


rhet.) = kāvya-liga (q.v.) Bhar. Kpr. Sa1h.
(H3) &c
(H2) m.
[L=264004]a logical reason or deduction or argument , the reason for an inference (
[L=264005]logic (in general
[L=264006](in gram.) the agent of the causal verb
[L=264007](with Buddhists) primary cause (as
[L=264009]a means (
[L=264010]mode , manner (
[L=264011]price , cost
héman [p= 1299,2] [L=263142]
» 2. héman p.1304 , col , 1.
hemán 1 [p= 1304,1] [L=264069]
impulse RV. ix , 97 , 1 ( Sa1y. " gold ")

Naigh. i , 12.
héman 2 [L=264077]
» himá and next) , winter (only used in loc. , " in the winter ") TS. Ka1t2h. S3Br.
heman 3 [p= 1304,2] [L=264121]
(of doubtful derivation) gold Naigh. i , 2 Mn. MBh. &c


pl.) golden ornaments Kuval.

Roxburghii Car.

heman 4 [p= 1305,1] [L=264348]
the planet Mercury L.
(H2) &c
(H2) n.
(H1) (
(H1) n.
[L=264122]a gold piece
[L=264125]the thorn-apple
(H1) m.