Caraka, Cāraka: 14 definitions


Caraka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Charaka.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Carakas (चरक), the wandering mendicants expert in medicine, contributed a lot to the evolution of Āyurvedic theories and practises. The greatest fundamental discovery of this age was the Law of the Uniformity of Nature (loka-puruṣa-sāmānya) (Puruṣo’yam lokasammitaḥ—Caraka-saṃhitā Śārīrasthāna, 5.3) which paved the way for observing the intimate relation between microcosm and macrocosm and for applying the physical laws governing gravitation, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, motion etc. to the biological field. Moreover, minute observation of Nature and its phenomena led to postulation of many concepts.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Caraka (चरक).—Author of Carakasaṃhitā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Caraka (चरक).—A Paulaha and one of the seven sages of the period of Tāmasa Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 48.

1b) See Carakādhvaryus.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 13; Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 10.

1c) Disciples of Vajina.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 23.

1d) Disciples of Yājñavalkya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 24.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

caraka : one who walks or frequents; 2. a spy. || cāraka (adj.), one who causes to move or act. (m.) a prison.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Caraka, 1. =cara2 (a messenger) J. VI, 369 (attha°); adj. walking through: sabbalokaṃ° J. V, 395.—2. any animal S. I, 106; PvA. 153 (vana°). (Page 263)

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Cāraka, (cārika) (adj.) wandering about, living, going, behaving, always —°, like ākāsa°, niketa°, pure° (see pubbaṅgama), vana°, — f. cārikā journey, wandering, esp. as cārikaṃ carati to go on alms-pilgrimage (see carati Ib) Vin. I, 83; J. I, 82; II, 286; Dh. 326; Miln. 14, 22; °ñ pakkamati to set out wandering J. I, 87; Miln. 16. ‹-› S. I, 199; M. I, 117; A. III, 257; DA. I, 239 sq. (in detail on two cārikā); VvA. 165; EnA 295 (unchā°). (Page 265)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

caraka (चरक).—m ( P) A sugarcane-mill. 2 Cant. The teeth and jaws; the mill of the mouth. 3 A wheel or lathe (for turner's work, for polishing pots and pans, for seeding or cleaning cotton &c.) 4 A mill freely. Applied to a coffee-mill, pepper-mill, puraṇa vāṭāyācā caraka &c. 5 Wheeling fig., continual going on of any matter; as khāṇyācā- lihiṇyācā-saimpākācā-pāhuṇyācā-ca0 cālalā āhē. carakīṃ dharaṇēṃ To turn in the lathe. 2 fig. To keep hard at; to make stick to (as to a business or a study).

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caraka (चरक) [or ख, kha].—ad In amazement or bewilderment. Ex. mājhī buddhi or akkala ca0 jhālī or mī ca0 jhālōṃ.

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carakā (चरका).—m (cara! the sound in searing or singeing.) The sound or the sudden smart attendant upon a burn: also a burn, sear, brand. v basa. 2 The hiss or the sear of vegetables &c. upon which hot phōḍaṇī is poured; of water into which heated metal is plunged &c. v basa, dē. 3 A thrill or sudden pang (as affecting the mind).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

caraka (चरक).—m A sugarcane-mill. A wheel or lathe. carakī dharaṇēṃ To keep hard at; to make to stick to (as to a business or a study).

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caraka (चरक) [or kha, or ख].—ad In amazement or be- wilderment.

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carakā (चरका).—m A burn, sear, brand. A thrill or sudden pang (as affecting the mind).

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Caraka (चरक).—

1) A spy.

2) A wandering mendicant, a vagrant.

3) Name of a sage and physician supposed to be serpent-king Śeṣa come to the earth. [He composed a new book on medicine, based on other works of Agniveśa and other pupils of Ātreya].

4) Name of a lexicographer m. (pl.); cf. P.IV.3.17.

5) Name of a branch of the black Yajurveda.

Derivable forms: carakaḥ (चरकः).

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Cāraka (चारक).—a. [cārayati car-ṇic-ṇvul]

1) Acting, doing, proceeding; अपूर्वचारकः सौम्यो अनिकेतः समाहितः (apūrvacārakaḥ saumyo aniketaḥ samāhitaḥ) Mb.3.278.19.

-kaḥ 1 A spy.

2) A herdsman.

3) A leader, driver.

4) An associate.

5) A groom, cavalier.

6) A prison; निगडितचरणा चारके निरोद्धव्या (nigaḍitacaraṇā cārake niroddhavyā) Dk.32.

7) A bond, fetter.

8) Going, motion.

9) A wandering Brahmanical student.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Caraka (चरक).—m. (not noted in Pali; rare in Sanskrit, see pw s.v. 1 c; but recorded in AMg. as caraga-, cpd. with parivvāyaga, just as in BHS), one of a heretical sect of ascetics; regularly followed in comp. by parivrājaka, the two possibly (as allegedly in AMg., above, see Ratnach.) denoting a single sect or class of persons, rather than two: usually preceded, immediately or otherwise, by anya- tīrthika (LV 2.21; Mv iii.412.7) or anyatīrthya (SP 276.2); caraka-parivrājaka- LV 2.21; 380.12; SP 276.2; Mv iii.412.7; Śikṣ 331.11. The proper Tibetan translation seems to be spyod pa pa; so both LV passages (Foucaux reads dpyod pa pa for 2.21, but my photostat of the Lib. of Congr. ed. spyod…) and SP; spyod = car-. But Jäschke defines this by Mīmāṃsaka, the correct term for which is dpyod pa pa (both terms are given for Mīmāṃsaka in Mvy 3517; Mvy seems to omit caraka); dpyod = examine (mīmāṃs-); Tibetan tradition has confused the two.

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Carakā (चरका).—n. of a goddess: Mahāsamāj., Waldschmidt, Kl. Sanskrit Texte 4, 185.17.

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Cāraka (चारक).—(-cāraka), m. (to cārayati, q.v., 2), dispenser, one who deals out (Tibetan ḥgrim pa, or ḥdrim pa, both for more usual ḥbrim pa), in yavāgū- Mvy 9058, khādyaka- 9059, phala- 9060, yatkiṃcic- 9061; all referring to officials or servants in a monastery.

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Cārakā (चारका) or Cārikā.—3, q.v., course, stream (of a river).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Caraka (चरक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. The author of a treatise upon medicine: applied also to the work. 2. A spy or secret emissary, &c. E. cara to go, Unadi affix. svārthe ka saṃjñāyāṃ kan vā .

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Cāraka (चारक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. A groom, a horseman, a cavalier. 2. A binding, a fetter. 3. An associate, a companion. 4. A spy. 5. A herdsman E. car to go, in the causal form, and ṇic-ṇvul aff.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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