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Ka, aka: Kā; 3 Definition(s)

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Ka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

1a) Ka (क).—The Lord of Creatures: The Great Puruṣa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 32; III. 6. 19; VIII. 5. 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 4. 43.

1b) A name of Brahmā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 13. 18; 14. 2; 85. 47.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Pali

Ka°, (pron. interr.) (Sk. kaḥ, Idg. *qǔo besides *qui (see ki° & kiṃ) & *qǔu (see ku°). Cp. Av. ka-; Gr. pğ, pώs, poίos, etc.; Lat. quī; Oir. co-te; Cymr. pa; Goth. hvas, Ags. hwā (=E. who), Ohg. hwër) who? — m. ko, f. kā (nt. kiṃ, q. v.); follows regular decl. of an atheme with some formations fr. ki°, which base is otherwise restricted to the nt.—From ka° also nt. pl. kāni (Sn. 324, 961) & some adv. forms like kathaṃ, kadā, kahaṃ, etc.—1. (a) ka°: Nom. m. ko Sn. 173, 765, 1024; J. I, 279; Dh. 146; f. J. VI, 364; PvA. 41; Gen. sg. kassa Miln. 25; Instr. kena; Abl. kasmā (nt.) as adv. “why” Sn. 883, 885; PvA. 4, 13, 63, etc.—(b) ki° (m. & f.; nt. see kiṃ): Gen. sg. kissa Dh. 237; J. II, 104. ko-nāmo (of) what name Miln. 14; DhA. II, 92, occurs besides kin-nāmo Miln. 15.—kvattho what (is the) use Vv 5010 stands for ko attho.—All cases are freq. emphasized by addition of the affirm. part. nu & su. e.g. ko su’dha tarati oghaṃ (who then or who possibly) Sn. 173; kena ssu nivuto loko “by what then is the world obstructed?” Sn. 1032; kasmā nu saccāni vadanti ... Sn. 885. ‹-› 2. In indef. meaning combd with —ci (Sk. cid: see under ca 1 and ci°): koci, kāci, etc., whoever, some (usually with neg. na koci, etc., equalling “not anybody”), nt. kiñci (q. v.); e.g. mā jātu koci lokasmiṃ pāpiccho It. 85; no yāti koci loke Dh. 179; n’âhaṃ bhatako ‘smi kassaci Sn. 25; na hi nassati kassaci kammaṃ “nobody’s trace of action is lost” Sn. 666; kassaci kiñci na (deti) (he gives) nothing to anybody VvA. 322; PvA. 45.—In Sandhi the orig. d of cid is restored, e.g. app’eva nāma kocid eva puriso idh’agaccheyya, “would that some man or other would come here!” PvA. 153. ‹-› Also in correl. with rel. pron. ya (see details under ya°): yo hi koci gorakkhaṃ upajīvati kassako so na brāhmano (whoever-he) Sn. 612. See also kad°. (Page 173)

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Kā°, in composition, is assimilated (and contracted) form of kad° as kāpuppha, kāpurisa. (Page 202)

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

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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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