Karyakarya, Kāryākārya, Karya-akarya: 5 definitions


Karyakarya 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Karyakarya in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kāryākārya (कार्याकार्य) refers to “that what should be done and what should not”, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya verse 4.24-27.—Accordingly, “Next I will explain something else, namely, Śākta, Śāmbhava and Āṇava. O mistress of the god of the gods, (I will explain) the characteristic feature (of each) which, O beloved, is the great dawning of knowledge. The group of five energies is considered to be will, knowledge, action, supreme Kuṇḍalinī and Mātṛkā, which is the fifth. (The characterizing feature) of the will is (that from it) originates the expansion (of emanation). Knowledge is the perception (of it) there. (The energy of) action (functions) in what should be done and what should not [i.e., kāryākārya]. Kuṇḍalinī is the awakening of the Self. Mātṛkā measures out (mīyate) the universe. The characteristic feature of power is (thus) fivefold”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Karyakarya in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kāryākārya (कार्याकार्य) refers to “what shall be done and what not”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.24 (“Śiva consents to marry Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Viṣṇu and others: “[...] O lord of gods, O intelligent one, it is your duty not to be obdurate after considering the situation of what shall be done and what not [i.e., kāryākārya]. O Viṣṇu, a great favour to the gods has been done by me when Kāma was burnt. May ye all stay free from lust certainly along with me. Just as I, so also you, O gods, can without effort perform difficult tasks being endowed with the energy of great penance. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kāryākārya (कार्याकार्य).—to be done and not to be done, right and wrong (action); कार्याकार्यमजानतः गुरोः (kāryākāryamajānataḥ guroḥ) (parityāgo vidhīyate) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.36.

Derivable forms: kāryākāryam (कार्याकार्यम्).

Kāryākārya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kārya and akārya (अकार्य).

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

Kāryākārya (कार्याकार्य).—(°—) what is and what is not to be done, right and wrong.

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

Kāryākārya (कार्याकार्य):—[from kārya] n. what is to be done and not to be done

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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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