Sanskrit Dictionary - K
Kapalabhati– sixth of the shatkarmas; frontal brain purification.
Kapha – ka=water and pha which refers to the process of biological evolution therefore kapha –“life-fluid”. It is the fertile water for the play of life. It produces connecting, nourishing, developing and fortifying functions; it promotes the well being of the body by its lubricating action. Thus it supplies the water for the roots of life. A dosha.
Karma – a mental or physical act. The consequences of our past actions in this and previous lifetimes.
Karma Yoga – The path of Selfless Service Work and Action; a spiritual volunteer of sorts. Dedicating the fruits of one’s work to God. Action is transcended by action. The bonds of attachment fall away. This path is best suited to vigorous temperaments, which feel the call to duty and service in the world of human affairs. It will show people how to ‘find inaction that is within action, the calm in the midst of the turmoil.’
Kevala kumbhaka – spontaneous breath retention, when fluctuation of the breath ceases spontaneously, without conscious effort.
Khecari- mudra; posture in which the tongue closes the openings into the throat of the nasal passage, pharynx and trachea.
Kriya – ‘work toward’; cleansing techniques
Kriyavati – manifests in yogis who have awakened kundalini by way of hatha yoga; spontaneous movement.
Kukkutasana – the crow pose
Kumbhaka – is the moment between inhalation and exhalation or vice versa, when the breath is retained for some time.
Kevala Kumbhaka – spontaneous breath retention, when fluctuation of the breath ceases spontaneously, without conscious effort.
Kundalini – According to the physiology of raja yoga, a huge reserve of spiritual energy is situated at the base of the spine – that which is coiled up also known as the serpent power. [kundulini]: primordial cosmic energy located in the individual; mystic circle of three and a half coils situated in the umbilical region; yogic principle of serpent power
Kurmasana– the tortoise pose
Kailas[kailaas]: a mountain in the Himalayas reputed to be the home of Siva
Kaivalya[kaivulya]: Absolute Oneness; final emancipation
Kali yuga [kuli yug]: the last of the four ages of the world
Kalpana [kulpunaa]: idea; imagination of the mind; creation
Kama [kaam]: desire; physical love; lust
Kanthabharana [kunthaabhurun]: neck ornament
Kanya [kunyaa]: virgin
Kara[ ]: a combining form meaning achieved or achievement
Karana sarira [kaarun sh^ureer]: causal body
Karma [kurm]: action; work; deeds; also the result of action
Karma marga [kurm maarg]: path of ritual, religious duties, and action
Karma samya [kurm saamya]: good and bad actions in equal proportions
Karma traya [kurm truya]: the three kinds of karma, namely sanchita, agami and prarabdha
Karma yoga [kurm yog]: the spiritual path of action
Karmendriya[kurmendriya]: organ of action
Karpura arati [kurpoor aaruti]: the waving of lighted camphor during puja
Karta[kurtaa]: he who does an act; doer
Kartrtva [kurtr^tva]: doership
Kartrtva buddhi [kurtr^tva buddhi]: sense of being the doer
Kashaya[kushaaya]: latent impurity
Kashaya[kaashaaya]: ochre-colored garment
Kayakalpa [kaayukulp]: medicinal preparation for prolonging life
Kayasiddhi [kaayusiddhi]: making the body proof against injury
Kendra [ ]: center; heart
Kevala kumbhaka [kevul kumbhuk]: retention of breath leading to stilling of the mind
Kevala nirvikalpa [kevul nirvikulp]: the state of remaining without concepts; bliss of vijnana
Kevala samadhi [kevul sumaadhi]: samadhi in which activities of body and mind are only merged
Khanda [khund]: division
Klesa [klesh^]: a defilement, passion etc.
Kousalam [koush^ulum]: skill
Kosa[ ]: sheath
Krama mukti [krum mukti]: liberation by degrees
Krama srishti [krum sr^shti]: gradual creation
Krida [kr^d]: play; pastime
Kritopasaka [kritopaasuk]: one who has done upasana or meditation
Kriya[ ]: physical action
Krodha [krodh]: anger
Kshetra [k^shetra]: temple; in Yoga, field of the body
Kshetrajna [k^shetruj^na]: the conscious principle (Knower) in the field of the body; the absolute witness of the three states of the self - waking, dream and sleep
Kshipta [k^shipt]: active
Kumbha [kumbh]: pot used for keeping water
Kumbhaka[kumbhuk]: retention of breath
Kumkuma [same]: vermilion powder applied to the forehead
Kutichaka [kuteechuk]: a sannyasin who lives permanently in a hut
Kuvasana [kuvaasun]: bad tendency
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