Karanasharira, Karana-sharira, Karaṇaśarīra, Kāraṇaśarīra: 6 definitions


Karanasharira means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Karaṇaśarīra and Kāraṇaśarīra can be transliterated into English as Karanasarira or Karanasharira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Source: WikiPedia: Vedanta

Karaṇaśarīra (करणशरीर) or the “causal body” is merely the cause or seed of the subtle body and the gross body. It has no other function than being the seed of the subtle and the gross body. It is nirvikalpa rupam, "undifferentiated form". It originates with avidhya, "ignorance" or "nescience" of the real identity of the atman, instead giving birth to the notion of jiva. The causal body is considered as the most complex of the three bodies. It contains the impressions of experience, which results from past experience.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kāraṇaśārira (कारणशारिर) refers to the “causal body”, representing one of the three types of the body (śārira), as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.18. Accordingly, “the body (śarīra) is of three types: the gross (sthūla), the subtle (sūkṣma) and the causal (kāraṇa). [...] The causal body (kāraṇaśārira) is for the sake of experiencing the good and bad results of the activities of the Jīva. [...] The Jīva experiences happiness as a result of virtue and misery as a result of sin. The Jīva bound by the rope of activities revolves round and round for ever like a wheel by means of the three types of body and their activities”.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāraṇaśarīra (कारणशरीर).—(in Vedānta phil.) the inner rudiment of the body, causal frame.

Derivable forms: kāraṇaśarīram (कारणशरीरम्).

Kāraṇaśarīra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kāraṇa and śarīra (शरीर).

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

Kāraṇaśarīra (कारणशरीर).—n.

(-raṃ) The inner rudiment of the body or causal frame, the seat of the soul. E. kāraṇa, and śarīra body.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāraṇaśarīra (कारणशरीर).—[neuter] the causal body (ph.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kāraṇaśarīra (कारणशरीर):—[=kāraṇa-śarīra] [from kāraṇa > kāra] n. ‘causal body’, the original embryo or source of the body existing with the Universal impersonal Spirit and equivalent to A-vidyā (equivalent also to Māyā, and when investing the impersonal Spirit causing it to become the Personal God or Īśvara, [Religious Thought and Life in India, p.35 and 36]), [Vedāntasāra]

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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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