Karmayoga, Karman-yoga: 11 definitions



Karmayoga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग).—Three-fold. Scriptural and not laukika. Intended for the attached and householders. ācāra preliminary to karma. karmakāṇḍa an ocean. Three kinds of worship—vedic, tāntric, and mixed. Worship of image through a guru and according to established rules.1 Preached by Janārdana to Manu; greater than jñāna yoga; as jñāna is the result of karma; origin of Brahmā from: also kriyā yoga; five yajñas and 30 saṃskāras come under this.2 Four of Karma category—agnihotra, silence, study and sacrifice, when not performed properly give fear.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 3. 41-55; 20. 6-7; 21. 14-15; 27. 1 & 6-9.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 52. 3-11; 258. 2.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 39. 25-7.
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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: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग) refers to “path of spiritual realization in which the fruit of one’s work is offered to Bhagavān”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

karmayōga (कर्मयोग).—m (S) Fortune or fate: also fortuitousness, casualty, chance.

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

karmayōga (कर्मयोग).—m Fortune or fate. Chance. The way to salvation through work not renunciation.

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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

[«previous next»] — Karmayoga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग).—

1) performance of actions, worldly and religious rites; कर्मयोगेन योगिनाम् (karmayogena yoginām) Bg.3.3;3.7;5.2;13.24.

2) active exertion, industry; Ms.1.115.

Derivable forms: karmayogaḥ (कर्मयोगः).

Karmayoga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karman and yoga (योग).

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

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग).—[-n], m. business, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 10, 115.

Karmayoga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karma and yoga (योग).

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

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग).—[masculine] performance of actions, [especially] of religious works.

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

1) Karmayoga (कर्मयोग):—[=karma-yoga] [from karma > karman] m. performance of a work or business ([especially] of religious duties), [Bhagavad-gītā; Manu-smṛti] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] active exertion, industry

3) [v.s. ...] agriculture and commerce ([Manvarthamuktāvalī, kullūka bhaṭṭa’s Commentary on manu-smṛti]), [Manu-smṛti x, 115]

4) [v.s. ...] practical application, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

5) [v.s. ...] connection with a sacrifice, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Lāṭyāyana; Āpastamba-dharma-sūtra]

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

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग):—[karma-yoga] (gaḥ) 1. m. Doing duty; activity, industry.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग):—(karman + yoga) m.

1) Betreibung eines Werkes, Geschäftes, heiligen Werkes [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 2, 2. 68. 6, 86. 10, 115. 12, 2. 87. 119.] —

2) die Verbindung mit der Opferhandlung [Kātyāyana’s Śrautasūtrāṇi 1, 6, 12.]

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Karmayoga (कर्मयोग):—

1) der in frommen Werken bestehende Yoga, das Ueben frommer Werke: jñānayogasahasrāddhi karmayogaḥ praśasyate [Oxforder Handschriften 40,b,27.] [Bhagavadgītā.3,3.5,2.] —

3) bei den Raseśvara: karmayogena deveśi prāpyate piṇḍadhāraṇam . rasaśca pavanaśceti karmayogo dvadhā smṛtaḥ .. [SARVADARŚANAS. 99, 8. fg.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग):—m.

1) Werkthätigkeit , insbes. das Ueben frommer Werke.

2) Behandlung , angewandte Operation [Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha 98,8,9.] —

3) die Verbindung mit einer Opferhandlung [Lāṭyāyana’s Śrautasūtra 4,10,11.] [Āpastamba’s Dharmasūtra]

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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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