Kriyayoga, Kriyāyoga, Kriya-yoga: 10 definitions


Kriyayoga 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग).—A form of active worship of Hari;1 Brahman becomes Nārāyaṇa thereby; incumbent on householders; no jñāna without karma; consists of 8 ātmaguṇas; is dharma.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 3; Matsya-purāṇa 1. 3; 52. 7-11. 27-28.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 134. 17-18; 145. 27-28; 258. 1-3.
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग).—Association with a verbal activity; cf उपसर्गाः क्रियायोगे (upasargāḥ kriyāyoge) P.I.4.59.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग) refers to “ritual and union”, according to the Jñānaratnāvalī, (p. 267).—Accordingly, “Next, the bhautikī-dīkṣā is twofold, and it is said [in the scriptures]: ‘In the same way the bhautikī-dīkṣā [is achieved] through ritual and union (kriyāyoga) [and] is also of a superior and inferior kind. Rather, for the [still] deluded [souls] he should preserve the prārabdha karma, which has the purpose of keeping [the initiate] with his [current] body, after joining it with [the karma] to be cultivated for the practice of propitiating Śaiva mantras for supernatural powers. The other [karmas] together with their consequences he should burn in the blazing initiation fire’. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The term kriyā-yoga has a grammatical sense, meaning "connection with a verb". But the same compound is also given a technical meaning in the Yoga Sutras (2.1), designating the "practical" aspects of the philosophy, i.e. the "union with the Supreme" due to performance of duties in everyday life.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग).—

1) connection with the verb.

2) the employment of expedients or means; तदा तत्प्रतिकाराच्च सततं वा विचिन्तनात् । आधिव्याधिप्रशमनं क्रियायोगद्वये न तु (tadā tatpratikārācca satataṃ vā vicintanāt | ādhivyādhipraśamanaṃ kriyāyogadvaye na tu) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.2.23.

3) the practical form of Yoga philosophy i. e. active devotion.

Derivable forms: kriyāyogaḥ (क्रियायोगः).

Kriyāyoga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kriyā and yoga (योग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—yoga, by Viṭṭhala Ācārya. Hall. p. 200.

2) Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग):—on the Rāmatārakamantra [tantric] by Veṅkaṭa Yogin. Burnell. 112^b.

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

1) Kriyāyoga (क्रियायोग):—[=kriyā-yoga] [from kriyā > kriyamāṇa] m. the connection with an action or verb, [Atharvaveda-prātiśākhya; Pāṇini 1-1, 14; Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]

2) [v.s. ...] the employment of expedients or instruments, [Mahābhārata iii, 69; Suśruta]

3) [v.s. ...] the practical form of the Yoga philosophy (union with the deity by due performance of the duties of every day life, active devotion), [Yoga-sūtra ii, 1; Bhāgavata-purāṇa iv, 13, 3]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

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Kriyayoga 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kriyāyōga (ಕ್ರಿಯಾಯೋಗ):—

1) [noun] performance of actions, worldly and religious rites, without having desire for the results.

2) [noun] the part of yoga practice which uses procedures requiring effort.

3) [noun] a type of yoga which employs ritual as one of the techniques.

4) [noun] a hard preliminary stage requiring adoption of the ascetic way of life dedicated study of the scriptures, etc. in order to prepare oneself for the higher stage of meditative absorptions leading to the realisation.

5) [noun] (in modern phil.) an incorporating into one’s working life, principles compatible with the goal, thereby progressing in one’s regular meditative sessions.

6) [noun] the employment of expedients or means.

7) [noun] (gram.) connection with the verb.

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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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