Kritajnata, Kṛtajñatā, Krita-jnata: 6 definitions


Kritajnata means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Kṛtajñatā can be transliterated into English as Krtajnata or Kritajnata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Kritajnata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता):—Acknowledgement (kṛtajñatā) is the source of great compassion (mahākaruṇāmūla) and opens the first door to good actions (kuśalakarman). The grateful person is loved and esteemed by people; his renown extends afar; after his death, he is reborn among the gods and finally he will attain abhisaṃbodhi.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता) refers to “(for the sake of) gratefulness”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] Immediately after those two sons (Siṃha and Siṃhavikrāntagāmin) were born, in one voice they spoke the following verses to their father, the kind Puṇyālaṃkāra: ‘(165) Virtue and non-virtue previously performed will never be gone, offerings to the Tathāgata will never be gone, resolution for the thought of awakening will never be gone, and the attainments of the most excellent learning will never be gone. (166) Generosity, morality, vow will never be gone, the determination to be patient will never be gone, the application of vigour for the sake of gratefulness (kṛtajñatā) and making good actions will never be gone. [...]’”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kritajnata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता).—f.

(-tā) Gratitude. E. kṛtajña, and tal affix; also kṛtajñatvaṃ.

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

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता).—[kṛtajña + tā], f. Gratitude, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 35, 16.

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

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता):—[=kṛta-jña-tā] [from kṛta-jña > kṛta > kṛ] f. gratitude, [Rāmāyaṇa; Pañcatantra]

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

Kṛtajñatā (कृतज्ञता):—[kṛta-jñatā] (tā) 1. f. Gratitude.

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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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