Karmayoga, Karman-yoga: 13 definitions


Karmayoga means something in 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)

[«previous next»] — Karmayoga in Purana glossary
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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Karmayoga in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Karmayoga (कर्मयोग) refers to the “activity of action”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “It is declared, ‘Activity [com.karmayoga—‘the activity of action’] is the action of mind, body and speech’. It is said by those who are learned in the knowledge of reality, ‘Indeed, that is the cause of the influx of karma’. As a boat in the middle of the ocean takes in water through holes, so a living soul takes in karma through holes of activity which are good and bad”.

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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»] — 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) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 3.3;3.7;5.2;13.24.

2) active exertion, industry; Manusmṛti 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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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

[«previous next»] — Karmayoga in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Karmayōga (ಕರ್ಮಯೋಗ):—[noun] performance of actions, worldly and religious rites, without having desire for the results.

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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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