Laukikamarga, Laukikamārga, Laukika-marga: 2 definitions


Laukikamarga 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Laukikamarga in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Laukikamārga (लौकिकमार्ग) refers to the “worldly path”, according to the Vārāṇasīmāhātmya verse 1.116-125.—Accordingly, “[...] The gods, beginning with Brahmā, also proceed along the Laukikamārga [i.e., laukikenāpi mārgeṇa]. The God of gods, Virūpākṣa, who is established in the Lokottaramārga, proceeds beyond [the institutes of] sacrifice, giving and asceticism. But those sages who are on that path, delighting in the knowledge of the self, also proceed along the Lokottaramārga, abandoning their bodies. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Laukikamārga (लौकिकमार्ग) or Sāsravamārga refers to the “worldly path” representing one of the two practices regarding absorptions (samāpatti), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII).—“The absorptions can be practiced according to the worldly path (laukikamārga) or the supramundane path (lokottaramārga).—The worldly path, also called impure path (sāsravamārga), is followed by ordinary people (pṛthagjana) who have not ‘seen’ the truths preached by the Buddha. He is liberated from the passions in a provisional manner only. Then, and this is essential, the ascetic can only be liberated from the passions of one sphere by practicing the preliminary concentrations of the immediately higher sphere”.

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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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