indriya

Encyclopedia

indriya

(Sanskrit: "faculty"), according to Indian philosophy, the instruments of a person's direct perception of the outside world. They are of two kinds, motoric and sensory. The motoric faculties are those of speaking, grasping, walking, ejaculating, and evacuating. The sensory faculties, or senses, are hearing, touching, seeing, tasting, and smelling. Both sets of faculties are correlated with the five elements, respectively: ether, wind, fire, water, and earth. Simultaneous separate impressions of the senses are coordinated in the "mind," which is often called the 11th faculty.

Learn more about indriya with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: indris
Next Definition: indubious
Words Near: indriya
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for indriya
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing indriya
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature