Vakavritti, Vakavṛtti: 4 definitions



Vakavritti 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.

The Sanskrit term Vakavṛtti can be transliterated into English as Vakavrtti or Vakavritti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Vakavṛtti (वकवृत्ति) or Vakavṛttirata refers to “one who is inclined to hypocritical behavior”, representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He should not be red-eyed, have honey-colored eyes or cats’ eyes. He should not be greedy, a have inflammation of the neck glands, or inclined to hypocritical behavior (vakavṛtti-rata). [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., vakavṛtti-rata), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., vakavṛtti-rata) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vakavritti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vakavṛtti (वकवृत्ति).—m.

(-ttiḥ) A false or hypocritical devotee: see vakavratin E. vaka, vṛtti livelihood.

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

Vakavṛtti (वकवृत्ति).—adj. living like cranes, a hypocritical devotee, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 30.

Vakavṛtti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vaka and vṛtti (वृत्ति).

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

Vakavṛtti (वकवृत्ति):—[vaka-vṛtti] (ttiḥ) 1. m. A hypocrite.

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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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