Karmaphala, Karma-phala, Karman-phala, Karmaphalā: 15 definitions


Karmaphala means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Karmaphala (कर्मफल) refers to the “fruits of actions”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] O lord, the activities of auspicious nature result in happiness to the doer whereas inauspicious activities end in adverse, or in partially good and bad results. You alone are the bestower of the fruits of all actions (i.e., sarva-karmaphala). You are the lord of glorious things according to the Vedas”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Karmaphala (कर्मफल) refers to:—Results of or reactions to past deeds. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Karmaphalā (कर्मफला) refers to one of the female Śrāvakas mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Karmaphalā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Karmaphala (कर्मफल) refers to “deeds and fruit” and represents the last of the “four factors of faith” (śraddhā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 81). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., karmaphala). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Karmaphala (कर्मफल) refers to the “results of (one’s own) actions”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Fools mourn for relations experiencing the results of their own actions (sva-karmaphala-bhogin) [but] because of the confusion of [their] intelligence [they do] not [mourn for] themselves situated in Yama’s fangs. In this forest that is the cycle of rebirth dwelt in by Yama the serpent-king, the men of olden times, who were eternal previously, have come to an end”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Karmaphala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karmaphala (कर्मफल).—n (S) The allotment of destiny; the good and evil to be experienced as the consequence or fruit of merit and demerit in former stages of existence.

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

karmaphala (कर्मफल).—n The allotment of destiny.

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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 dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karmaphala (कर्मफल).—

1) fruit or reward of actions done in a former life; (pain, pleasure); न मे कर्मफले स्पृहा (na me karmaphale spṛhā) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 4.14;5.12;6.1; °फलत्याग (phalatyāga) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 12.11,18.2; °फलत्यागिन् (phalatyāgin) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 18.11; °फलप्रेप्सुः (phalaprepsuḥ) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 18.27; °फलसंयोग (phalasaṃyoga) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 5.14; °फलहेतु (phalahetu) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 2.47. एवं संचिन्त्य मनसा प्रेत्य कर्मफलोदयम् (evaṃ saṃcintya manasā pretya karmaphalodayam) Manusmṛti 11.231.

2) the fruit of Averrhoa Carambola (Mar. karmara); also कर्मरङ्ग (karmaraṅga).

Derivable forms: karmaphalam (कर्मफलम्).

Karmaphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karman and phala (फल).

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

Karmaphala (कर्मफल).—[-n], n. retribution for actions, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 231.

Karmaphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karma and phala (फल).

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

Karmaphala (कर्मफल).—[neuter] fruit or result of actions.

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

1) Karmaphala (कर्मफल):—[=karma-phala] [from karma > karman] n. the fruit or recompense of actions (as pain, pleasure etc., resulting from previous acts or acts in a former life), [Āpastamba-dharma-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] the fruit of Averrhoa Carambola, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Karmaphala (कर्मफल):—[karma-phala] (laṃ) 1. n. Fruit of moral conduct; name of a fruit.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Karmaphala (ಕರ್ಮಫಲ):—[noun] = ಕರ್ಮಪರಿಪಾಕ [karmaparipaka].

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Karmaphaḷa (ಕರ್ಮಫಳ):—[noun] = ಕರ್ಮಪರಿಪಾಕ [karmaparipaka].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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