Mamakara, Mamakāra, Mama-kara: 9 definitions


Mamakara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mamakāra (ममकार) refers to “ego”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the God (i.e., Bhairava) said to the Goddess (i.e., Khageśī), “[...] I will give up all that is forbidden in the Kaula (teachings), especially what is excluded from the teaching and I will practice in tranquillity (nirvāṇa). My greed, passion, and delusion have been destroyed today in every way. The triple world is pervaded by pride (ahaṃkāra) and ego (mamakāra). I will give up deceit and especially lust and anger. Tradition and virtue (vinaya)—this Kaula (teaching) has emerged today. I will observe all that. O Kaulinī, be gracious!”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mamakāra (ममकार) refers to “(the purity of) conception of mine”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “When this had been said, the Lord said to the Bodhisattva, the great being Gaganagañja: ‘[...] Then [the bodhisatva] gives a gift by means of the eight purities. What are those eight? To wit, 1) he gives a gift as purified of any conception of self; 2) he gives a gift as purified of any conception of mine (mamakāra-viśuddha); 3) he gives a gift with a purified cause; 4) he gives a gift purified of views; [...]’”,

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mamakāra (ममकार).—interesting oneself about anything, self-interest.

Derivable forms: mamakāraḥ (ममकारः).

Mamakāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mama and kāra (कार). See also (synonyms): mamakṛtya.

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

Mamakāra (ममकार):—[=mama-kāra] [from mama] m. interesting one’s self about anything, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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

Mamakāra (ममकार) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mamakāra.

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Mamakara 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

Mamakāra (ममकार) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mamakāra.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mamakāra (ಮಮಕಾರ):—

1) [noun] the feeling of owning, having, possessing something as one’s own; concern with one’s own possessions, relation, etc.; possessiveness.

2) [noun] constant, excessive reference to or taking undue pride in, oneself in speaking, writing or behaving; self-conceit.

3) [noun] the state of being inspired with intnse, transitory fondness or admiration (to the extent that it blinds judgement, reasoning); infatuation.

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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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