Karmasadakhya, Karmasādākhya, Karma-sadakhya: 2 definitions


Karmasadakhya 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

[«previous next»] — Karmasadakhya in Shilpashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Karmasādākhya (कर्मसादाख्य):—One of the Sadāśiva-tatvas that is produced from a tenth part of Kṛyāśakti (last of the five Śaktis at the end of an aeonic destruction, called saṃhāra). It is also known by the name of Īśāna. It is called karma because it is of the nature of kṛyā. This tatva exists as the liṅga set upon the pīṭha. As the act (karma) of the conjunction of these two objects is the condition precedent to creation, the tatva received the name of Karmasādākhya.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Karmasadakhya in Shaivism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Karmasādākhya (कर्मसादाख्य) refers to the first of the five Sādākhya in Śaiva school of thought (the Tattvabhedapaṭala of Vātulāgama and the Śaivotpattipaṭala of Rauravāgama).—The process of assuming the form by the transcendental god is termed as Sādākhya. Nivṛtti is another name for Kriyāśakti, whose 1/1000 part forms the karma-sādākhya. This is in the form of Liṅga, which embodies Nāda and Bindu is the Liṅga, on account of the presence of Karma and action, brings into existence of the universe, and at the end of the Karma dissolves it .

Karmasādākhya is the material cause of the universe. That form of Śiva which consists of these five sādākhyas is the Sadāśivamūrti, and represents the Sakalaniṣkala form of Śiva. Sadāśiva is worshipped in the form of a Liṅga, Sthaṇḍila or Kumbha (pot) or imagined as existing in the worshipper’s own heart.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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