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Encyclopedia > Prostration

Prostration can mean either: the placement of the body in a reverentially or submissively prone position (for instance, as part of religious or spiritual observance); or, physical or mental exhaustion (for instance, as part of a medical condition).

Prostration as part of religious and spiritual practices:

  • In Buddhism, prostrations are used to show reverence to the Triple Gem or, especially in Vajrayana Buddhism, to other objects of veneration.
  • In Christianity, in Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, prostrations are used during the imposition of Holy Orders. Some Eastern Orthodox practitioners also use "low bows" (zemnoy poklon) during worship services. In the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, prostrations ("profound bows") can be used in place of genuflections for those who are unable to genuflect.
  • In Hinduism, eight-limbed (ashtanga pranama) and five-limbed (panchanga pranama) prostrations are included in the religious ritual of puja.
  • In Islam, prostrations (sujud) are used to praise and glorify Allah and are included in ones daily prayers. In addition, the thirty-second chapter (sura) of the Qur'an is called As-Sajda ("The Prostration").
  • In Judaism, the Talmudic texts as well as writings of Gaonim and Rishonim indicate that prostration was common among many Jewish communities until some point during the Middle Ages. Members of the Karaite denomination practice full prostrations during prayers. Ashkenazi Orthodox Jews prostrate during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as did Yemenite Jews during the Tachanun part of regular daily Jewish prayer until somewhat recently. Ethiopian Jews traditionally prostrated during a holiday specific to their community known as Sigd. Sigd comes from a root word meaning prostration in Amharic, Aramaic, and Arabic.
  • In modern yoga practice, "sun salutations" (Surya Namaskara) are a regular part of practitioners' routines.

Prostration as part of medical terminology: Buddhism (also known as Buddha Dharma, Pali: बुद्ध धम्म, the teachings of the awakened one) is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, a way of life, a practical philosophy, and a life-enhancing system of applied psychology. ... In Buddhism, a prostration (Pali: panipāta, Skt. ... The Triratna or Three Jewels symbol, on a Buddha footprint. ... Chinese :   金剛乘   jin gang cheng A mandala used in Vajrayana Buddhist practices. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Eastern Orthodoxy (also called Greek Orthodoxy and Russian Orthodoxy) is a Christian tradition which represents the majority of Eastern Christianity. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Catholic deacon candidates prostrate before the altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles during a 2004 diaconate ordination liturgy Holy Orders in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Assyrian, Old Catholic, and Independent Catholic churches includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. ... Different kinds of bows used in an Eastern Orthodox service: Different types of bows The different kinds of bows one could meet at an Eastern Orthodox service are shown on a picture on the right. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... Genuflection is an act of reverence consisting of falling onto (usually) one knee. ... Hinduism (Sanskrit: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent. ... A puja as performed in Ujjain during the Monsoon on the banks of the overflooding river Shipra. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the Quran, its principal scripture, whose followers, known as Muslims (مسلم), believe God (Arabic: الله ) sent through revelations to Muhammad. ... Bold text sajud is da muslims fingy bt i dnt no coz i aint one so i dnt no wat im tlkin bout bt im suposed to learn 4 an r. ... Allah is the Arabic language word referring to God, the Lord and, literally according to the Quran, to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Abrahamic religions. ... Sura (sometimes referred to as Surah) ( ) is an Arabic term literally meaning picture, evidence, or proof. ... The Qurān [1] (Arabic: ‎ , literally the recitation; also called The Noble Quran; also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and Al-Quran), is the central religious text of Islam. ... Surat As-Sajda (The Prostration, Worship, Adoration) is the 32nd sura of the Quran with 30 ayat. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... The first page of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Berachot, folio 2a The Talmud (תלמוד) is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history. ... Geonim (also Gaonim) (Hebrew: גאונים) were the presidents of the two great rabbinical colleges of Sura and Pumbedita, in Babylonia, and were the generally accepted spiritual leaders of the Jewish community world wide in the early medieval era, in contrast to the Resh Galuta (Exilarch) who wielded secular authority over the... Rishonim (ראשונים Hebrew - sing. ... Karaite Judaism is a Jewish denomination characterized by reliance on the Tanakh as the sole scripture, and rejection of the Oral Law (the Mishnah and the Talmuds) as halakha (Legally Binding, i. ... Ashkenazi Jews, also known as Ashkenazic Jews or Ashkenazim (אַשְׁכֲּנָזִי אַשְׁכֲּנָזִים Standard Hebrew, AÅ¡kanazi,AÅ¡kanazim, Tiberian Hebrew, ʾAÅ¡kănāzî, ʾAÅ¡kănāzîm, pronounced sing. ... Orthodox Judaism is one of the three major branches of Judaism. ... This article is about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ... Yom Kippur (יום כיפור yom kippÅ«r) is the Jewish holiday of the Day of Atonement. ... Yemenite Jews (תֵּימָנִי, Standard Hebrew Temani, Tiberian Hebrew Têmānî; plural תֵּימָנִים, Standard Hebrew Temanim, Tiberian Hebrew Têmānîm) are those Jews who live, or whose recent ancestors lived, in Yemen (תֵּימָן far south, Standard Hebrew Teman, Tiberian Hebrew Têmān), on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. ... Tachanun or Tahanun (Hebrew: תחנון Supplication) is part of Judaisms morning (Shacharit) and afternoon (Mincha) services, after the recitation of the Amidah, the central part of the daily Jewish prayer services. ... The Beta Israel (or House of Israel), known by outsiders by the pejorative term Falasha or Falash Mura (exiles or strangers) are Jews of Ethiopian origin. ... The Ethiopian Sigd festival falls on 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, and is a festival unique to the Beta Israel community. ... Amharic (አማርኛ) is a Semitic language spoken in Northern Central Ethiopia, where it is the official language. ... Aramaic is a Semitic language with a four-thousand year history. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... A woman practising hatha yoga Yoga (Devanagari: योग) is a family of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... SÅ«rya namaskāra (Salute to the Sun) is a modern form of sun worship and self vitalization. ...

  • Heat prostration is a form of or precipitant of hyperthermia.

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The Significance of the Satarudriya (2001 words)
Prostration to the Resident of the mountains (as Siva) and the Immanent One in all beings (as Visnu).
Prostration to the Primeval One and the Chief of beings; prostration to the Omnipresent One and the agile among things; prostration to the One in the quick and the flowing; prostration to the One in the roaring waves and the still water, prostration to the One in the swift rivers and the islands.
Prostration to Him who is in the autumnal clouds and in the heating sun; prostration to Him who is in the winds and in the stormy downpours of the deluge; prostration to Him who is in the wealth of cattle and land.
Kissing feet and prostration: Is it haram? (456 words)
Prostration to other than Allah with the intention of worship is disbelief; with the intention of respect, prohibited (haram).
It is difficult to imagine anyone kissing another's foot other than in a posture seeming to resemble prostration to some, and it would be an outlandish suggestion that imitating the Companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the great early Muslims could be among the major sins.
It is the same with those that forbid bowing to someone and therefore kissing the hand because it involves bowing (because it is impermissible to bow to another).
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