Karmabhumi, aka: Karmabhūmi, Karma-bhumi, Karman-bhumi; 7 Definition(s)
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि).—The land of Bhārata. How this continent got the name of Karmabhūmi is given below. All those born in this land enjoy a life in Svarga, on earth or in hell according to the class to which their actions belong namely Sāttvic, Rājasic or Tāmasic. It is possible for only this land to obtain for its people life in other worlds.* Therefore this land got the name Karmabhūmi. (8th Skandha, Devī Bhāgavata).
*) According to a belief of old, all other parts of the world excepting Bhāratavarṣa were inhabited by Devas.Source: archive.org: Puranic EncyclopaediaSource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
General definition (in Jainism)
Karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि, “world of action”).—Having set up a system of law and order and prevention of crime, king Vṛṣabhanātha made a plan for his subjects to become self-sufficient in the affairs of the karmabhūmi (the mundane world of action). For the welfare of subjects he trained them in asi (art of government / military occupation), masi (writing) and kṛṣi (farming) and a hundred crafts.Source: HereNow4u: Lord Vṛṣabhanātha
Karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि) refers to the “regions of labour”, according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.37. The region where the inhabitants engage themselves in the six activities /occupations are called region of labour. Bharata, Airāvata and Videha except Uttarakuru and Devakuru are the regions of labour i.e. where spiritual effort is possible also.
How did karmabhūmi (the region of labour) get its name? The inhabitants in this region only can perform the six occupations for worldly activities as well as perform severe austerities even to attain liberation (mokṣa). Because of this the region is called region of labour. How many regions of labour are there? There are 15 regions of labour in the Two-and-half continents (dhāi-dvīpa) namely; five in Bharata, five in Airāvata and five in Videha regions.Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
Languages of India and abroad
karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि) [or कर्मभूमिका, karmabhūmikā].—f (S) The sphere of works or theatre of action; the field of labor (for mortals). A term for this earth. Ex. tuja svargī bhēṭēla pitā daśaratha || ka0 sa yēīla avacita ||.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
karmabhūmi (कर्मभूमि).—f The sphere of works or thea- tre of action. A term for this earth.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
1) the land of religious rites, i. e. भरतवर्ष (bharatavarṣa), this world (a place for man's probation); प्राप्येमां कर्मभूमिम् (prāpyemāṃ karmabhūmim) Bh.2.1; K.174,319.
2) ploughed ground.
Derivable forms: karmabhūmiḥ (कर्मभूमिः).
Karmabhūmi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karman and bhūmi (भूमि). See also (synonyms): karmabhū.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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