Kaka, aka: Kāka, Kākā; 9 Definition(s)
Kaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.
Āyurveda (science of life)
Kāka (काक)—Sanskrit word for a bird corresponding to “crow”. This animal is from the group called Prasaha (‘carnivorous birds’). Prasaha itself is a sub-group of the group of animals known as Jāṅghala (living in high ground and in a jungle).(Source): archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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.
1a) Kāka (काक).—(Mt.) a hill touching the sea.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 76.
1b) A bird; a vāhana of Sūcīmukha.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 455; IV. 24. 44.
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.
Kākā (काका, “female crow”) refers to the seventh of eight yoni (womb), according to the Mānasāra. Yoni is the fourth of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.
The particular yoni (eg., kākā) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). The first, third, fifth and seventh yonis are considered auspicious and therefore to be preferred, and the rest, inauspicious and to be avoided.(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
Slave of King Canda Pajjota.
His father was non human, and he himself could travel sixty leagues a day. When Pajjota discovered that Jivaka had fled, after administering to him some medicine containing ghee, he sent Kaka to overtake Jivaka and bring him back, giving Kaka strict injunctions not to eat anything offered by Jivaka.
Kaka came upon the physician at Kosambi having his breakfast. Jivaka invited him to eat, but he refused. In the end, however, he consented to eat half a myrobalan, which he thought would be harmless, but into which Jivaka had introduced some drug hidden in his finger nail. Kaka purged violently and was very alarmed. Jivaka told him that all he desired was for him to be slightly delayed and left him, after having handed over to him the elephant Bhaddavatika, which he had used in his flight. Vin.i.277f; DhA.i.196.(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
kāka : (m.) a crow.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Kāka, (onomat. , cp. Sk. kāka; for other onomat. relatives see note on gala) the crow; freq. in similes: S. I, 124= Sn. 448; J. I, 164. Its thievish ways are described at DhA. III, 352; said to have ten bad qualities A. V, 149; J. I, 342; III, 126; kākā vā kulalā vā Vin. IV, 40.—As bird (of the dead) frequenting places of interment and cremation, often with other carcass-eating animals (sigāla, gijjha) Sn. 201; PvA. 198 (=dhaṅka); cp. kākoḷa.—In cpds. often used derisively.—f. kākī J. II, 39, 150; III, 431.
—āmasaka “touching as much as a crow, ” attr. of a person not enjoying his meals DhA. IV, 16; DhsA. 404; —uṭṭepaka a crow-scarer, a boy under fifteen, employed as such in the monastery grounds Vin. I, 79 cp. 371. —opamā the simile of the crow DhA. II, 75. —orava “crow-cawing, ” appld to angry and confused words Vin. I, 239, cp. IV. 82; —ôlūka crows and owls J. II, 351; DhA. I, 50; Mhbv 15; —guyha (tall) enough to hide a crow (of young corn, yava) J. II, 174; cp. J. trsl. II. 122; —nīḷa a crow’s nest J. II, 365; —paññā “crow-wisdom, ” i.e. foolishness which leads to ruin through greed J. V, 255, 258; cp. VI, 358; —paṭṭanaka a deserted village, inhabited only by crows J. VI, 456; —pāda crow’s foot or footmark Vism. 179 (as pattern); —peyya “(so full) that a crow can easily drink of it, ” full to the brim, overflowing, of a pond: samatittika k° “with even banks and drinkable for crows” (i.e. with the water on a level with the land) D. I, 244; S. II, 134 (do.); D. II, 89; M. I, 435; A. III, 27; J. II, 174; Ud. 90; cp. note to J. trsl. II. 122; PvA. 202. See also peyya. —bhatta “a crow’s meal, ” i.e. remnants left from a meal thrown out for the crows J. II, 149; —vaṇṇa “crow-coloured” N. of a king Mhvs 2211; —vassa the cry of a crow Vin. II, 17; —sīsa the head of a crow J. II, 351; as adj. : having a crow’s head, appld to a fabulous flying horse D. II, 174; cp. J. II, 129; —sūra a “crow-hero, ” appl. to a shameless, unconscientious fellow Dh. 244; DhA. III, 352; —ssaraka (having a voice) sounding like a crow Vin. I, 115. (Page 202)
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.
India history and geogprahy
Kāka (काक) is the name of a tribe mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. These tribes (eg., the Kākas, latin: Kakas) migrated to places other than their original settlemenets and gave their names to the janapadas they settled. They replaced the old Vedic tribes in Punjab and Rajasthan though some of them are deemd as offshoots of the main tribe..(Source): archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
kāka (काक).—m (S) A crow.
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kākā (काका).—m ( H) A paternal uncle. This meaning is rather that of the Hindustani word . In Marathi kākā is generally used as a respectful com- pellation for a paternal uncle, an elderly cousin, or other elderly male person. See vyāvahārika nāva. kākā māmā karaṇēṃ To address flatteringly or persuasively.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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Search found 27 books and stories containing Kaka, Kāka or Kākā. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
Jataka 260: Dūta-jātaka < [Book III - Tika-Nipāta]
Jataka 395: Kāka-jātaka < [Volume 3]
Jataka 42: Kapota-jātaka < [Book I - Ekanipāta]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 1 - Characteristics of Brass (pittala) < [Chapter VIII - Mixed metals (1): Pittala (brass)]
Part 21 - Treatment of poison < [Chapter XXX - Visha (poisons)]
Part 24 - Usage of poisons < [Chapter XXX - Visha (poisons)]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 4: Story of the thief Kāka < [Chapter V - The kidnapping of Sītā]
Appendix 5.2: new and rare words < [Appendices]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.4.30 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
Verse 3.4.29 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Treatment for fever (59): Sannipata-bhairava rasa < [Chapter II - Fever (jvara)]
Part 27 - Treatment for enlargement of spleen and liver (26): Bari-shosana rasa < [Chapter VII - Enlargement of spleen (plihodara) and liver (yakridudara)]
Part 3 - Unwholesome diet and deeds < [Chapter I - General health prescriptions]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 4 - Chemists of the Metallic School: Introduction < [A Brief History of Indian Chemistry and Medicine]
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