Kartrita, Kartṛtā: 6 definitions

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Kartrita 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.

The Sanskrit term Kartṛtā can be transliterated into English as Kartrta or Kartrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Kartṛtā (कर्तृता) refers to “(unlimited) agency”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā 3.2.11.—Accordingly, “And this Awareness-principle, consisting of [unlimited] Agency (kartṛtā-maya), [becomes] limited—[though] it is strengthened by partial agency (kalodbalita)—abiding as a [mere] attribute in a person whose [habitual] nature is unconscious, [identifying as he does with] the void, [prāṇa, mind,] and [body].”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Kartṛtā (कर्तृता) or Kartṛtva refers to “(being) an agent of action”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 21.2-5]—“O Deva, if [mantras] consist of the nature of Śiva, [which is] ubiquitous , formless, and [if he] does not perform action , how can [mantras] be agents of action (kartṛtā)? And how do they create a state [in which one] performs them [when they are] formless? Who does [that performance] without an individual body? Speak, O Lord. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kartṛtā (कर्तृता).—[feminine] tva [neuter] the being an agent.

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

Kartṛtā (कर्तृता):—[=kartṛ-tā] [from kartṛ > kartave] f. the state of being the agent of an action, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Kartrita in German

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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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