Prarabdhakarma, Prarabdha-karma, Prārabdhakarman, Prarabdhakarman, Prarabdha-karman, Prārabdhakarma: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Prārabdhakarma (प्रारब्धकर्म) refers to “results of previous activities that have begun to bear fruit in the form of happiness and distress”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Prārabdhakarma (प्रारब्धकर्म) refers to:—The results of previous activities which have already begun to bear fruit. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Prārabdhakarma (प्रारब्धकर्म) refers to:—The results of previous activities that are presently manifesting. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Prārabdhakarma (प्रारब्धकर्म) or simply Prārabdha refers to a type of karma (which fuels his present existence), according to the Svacchandatantra verse 4.141-145.—Accordingly, “Next, he should then bring about destruction of the past and future karma for the liberation-seeker, because of his indifference [to the world]. He should not purify the one [part of karma] that is the prārabdha [karma], [which fuels his present existence]. But for the Sādhaka, he should purify [only] one [part of the] past karma for the purpose of power, and having manifested the past and future karma together, he should initiate [the candidate]. This is the śivadharmiṇī-dīkṣā. [...]”.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Prārabdhakarman (प्रारब्धकर्मन्) [=sudarśanaprabhāveṇa prārabdhakarmaṇāmapi nāśyatvaṃ vaktuṃ kuśadhvajopākhyānavarṇanam] refers to one of the topics dealt with in the forty-fifth chapter of the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā: an ancient Pāñcarātra Āgama scripture dealing with the symbology of the Sudarśana weapon while also dealing with iconography, philosophy and Vaiṣṇava rituals.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Prarabdha Karma are the part of sanchita karma, a collection of past karmas, which are ready to be experienced through the present body (incarnation).

According to Sri Swami Sivananda:

"Prarabdha is that portion of the past karma which is responsible for the present body. That portion of the sanchita karma which influences human life in the present incarnation is called prarabdha. It is ripe for reaping. It cannot be avoided or changed. It is only exhausted by being experienced. You pay your past debts. Prarabdha karma is that which has begun and is actually bearing fruit. It is selected out of the mass of the sanchita karma."

(All About Hinduism by Sri Swami Sivananda)

There are three kinds of Prarabdha karma:

  1. Ichha (personally desired),
  2. Anichha (without desire) and
  3. Parechha (due to others' desire).

For a self realized person, a Jivan mukta, there is no Ichha-Prarabdha but the two others, Anichha and Parechha, remain, which even a jivan mukta has to undergo.

Source: The Divine Life Society: Three Kinds of Karma

Prarabdha Karmas are ripe or fructuous actions.

Tarash, the case in which arrows are accumulated, represents our Sanchita Karmas; the arrow that is ready for discharging represents our Agami Karmas; and the arrow which has already left the bow, which cannot return, which must hit the target, represents the Prarabdha Karmas.

The articles in the store-room represent the Sanchita; the articles that are put in the shop for sale are Prarabdha; the daily sale proceeds are the Agami.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Prārabdhakarman (प्रारब्धकर्मन्).—a. one who has commenced a work.

Prārabdhakarman is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prārabdha and karman (कर्मन्). See also (synonyms): prārabdhakārya.

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

Prārabdhakarman (प्रारब्धकर्मन्):—[=prā-rabdha-karman] [from prā-rabdha > prā-rabh] mfn. ([Nīlakaṇṭha]) one who has commenced or undertaken a work.

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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

Prārabdhakarma (ಪ್ರಾರಬ್ಧಕರ್ಮ):—[noun] consequences of a deed or deeds (esp. sinful ones) committed during one’s previous life or lives, which are being experienced or to which one is subject to, during the present life.

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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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prarabdhakarma in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Prārabdha-karma (प्रारब्ध-कर्म):—n. action that has been unleashed or aroused;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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