Sarvakarman, Sarvakarmā, Sarvakarma, Sarva-karman: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sarvakarman in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sarvakarmā (सर्वकर्मा).—Son of King Saudāsa. When Paraśurāma killed the Kṣatriyas it was Parāśaramuni, who saved Sarvakarmā from death. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 49, Verse 76).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sarvakarmā (सर्वकर्मा).—A son of Kalmāṣapāda.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 12. 46.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्) refers to “all actions”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Oṃ Vajrasattva, cherish the vow, from your vajra-essence, stand by loving, Be firm for me, be pleased for me, be copious for me, be passionate for me, Grant me universal success, and in all actions (sarvakarman), make me high-minded Hūṃ, Ha ha ha ha ho, divine vajra of all Tathāgata, do not abandon me, Be a holder of the vajra, being of the great vow Āḥ!”.

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्) refers to “all the rituals”, according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: [while explaining the body circle (kāyacakra)]: “[...] The maṇḍala should be visualized completely, as [it is] by itself a means for perfect enlightenment. Again, he should emanate the one who has the appearance of the Causal Vajra[-holder]. The goddess, [who is] effective in all rituals (sarvakarman) and beast-faced, is brought near. Having drawn together the multitude of furious ones beforehand, he should remove obstacle demons. [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvakarman in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Sarvakarma (सर्वकर्म) refers to “any effect”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [As the Bhagavān said]: “Now I shall teach the offering manual which is auspicious and can bring about any effect (sarvakarma-kara). At the time of crop damage the [Nāgas] are agitated. Then the spell-master should prepare a square maṇḍalaka in the middle of the field or forest. Four filled jars should be placed [in the four directions]. Flowers should be scattered. [...]”.

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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»] — Sarvakarman in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्).—m. Name of Śiva.

Sarvakarman is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sarva and karman (कर्मन्). See also (synonyms): sarvakara.

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

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्).—1. [neuter] [plural] work of all kind.

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Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्).—2. [adjective] containing all work.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—jy. by Rāmajīsena. L. 3195.

Sarvakarman has the following synonyms: Jyotiḥślokasaṃgraha.

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

1) Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्):—[=sarva-karman] [from sarva] n. [plural] all kinds of works or rites or occupations (ma-saha mfn. ‘equal to all k° of w°’; ma-kārin mfn. ‘performing all k° of w°’), [???; Manu-smṛti] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. containing all works, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad]

3) [v.s. ...] m. one who performs all acts, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] of a son of Kalmāṣa-pāda, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

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

Sarvakarman (सर्वकर्मन्):—[sarva-karman] (rmma) 5. a. Every work. m. Jack of all trades.

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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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