Kripalu: 17 definitions


Kripalu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Krapalu.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Kripalu means "compassion" or "mercy";

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kṛpālu (कृपालु) refers to “one who is compassionate”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(A true practitioner) is a hero (vīra) who exerts himself and is courageous. He is content, devoted to the teacher, not greedy, compassionate [i.e., kṛpālu], industrious, self-controlled, of good appearance, sāttvika, deep, all his limbs are intact (and) active, he knows (true) devotion and the scriptures and crosses over into (higher) realities. He is devoted to the transmission which is free of thought (nirvikalpakrama), he eats what he has begged and is desireless. [...]”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Kṛpālu (कृपालु) refers to “(being) compassionate”, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] I worship the three-eyed sharp-natured Kṣetreśa. His body is black, he has destroyed his adversaries, he carries a skull-bowl and a spear, [but] he is compassionate (kṛpālu). I resort to Śaṅkhanidhi and Padmanidhi, who who sit upon a conch and lotus [respectively] as their seats. They are patient, bear the gestures of generosity and protection in their hands, and bring about everyone’s dreams. [...]

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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)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kṛpālu (कृपालु) refers to “gracious” or “merciful”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.4.—Accordingly, as Umā (Durgā/Satī) spoke to the Gods:—“[...] Hear further, O Viṣṇu, O Brahmā, O sages and O gods, the divine sports of the supreme lord Śiva, that protect the universe. [...] After performing a severe penance as His devotee I shall become Rudra’s beloved and then perform the work of the gods. This is truth, real truth, there is no doubt about it. All of you return to your abodes. Continuously worship Śiva. Undoubtedly your miseries will be quelled by His favour. By the grace of merciful [i.e., kṛpālu] lord Śiva, you will achieve auspicious results. As the wife of that lord I shall be honoured and worshipped in the world. [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṛpālu (कृपालु).—a S pop. kṛpāḷa or ḷā or ḷū a Tender, pitiful, compassionate: also gracious, kind, benignant.

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

kṛpālu (कृपालु) [-ḷū, -ळू].—a. Tender, compassionate, piti- ful; gracious, kind, benignant.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kṛpālu (कृपालु).—a. [kṛpāṃ lāti lā-ādāne mi° ḍu] Merciful, compassionate, kind; गुरो कृपालो कृपया वहैनम् (guro kṛpālo kṛpayā vahainam) Maṇiratnamālā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kṛpālu (कृपालु).—mfn. (-luḥ-luḥ-lu) Compassionate, tender. E. kṛpā tenderness, āluk aff.

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

Kṛpālu (कृपालु).—[kṛpā + lu], adj. Compassionate, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 179, 17; 187, 9.

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

Kṛpālu (कृपालु).—[adjective] having pity upon ([locative]), compassionate.

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

Kṛpālu (कृपालु):—[from kṛp] mfn. pitiful, compassionate (with [genitive case]), [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Daśakumāra-carita]

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

Kṛpālu (कृपालु):—[(luḥ-luḥ-lu) a.] Compassionate, tender, feeling.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kṛpālu (कृपालु) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kivālu.

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Kripalu 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Kṛpālu (कृपालु) [Also spelled krapalu]:—(a) kind, compassionate, benign; ~[] kindness, compassion, benignity.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kṛpālu (ಕೃಪಾಲು):—[noun] = ಕೃಪಾಳು [kripalu].

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Kṛpāḷu (ಕೃಪಾಳು):—[noun] a merciful, compassionate man.

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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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