Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Karita Mean?

Karita is a Sanskrit or Pali word that can be translated as “induced by,” “brought about” or “forced to be done.” It has meaning in several traditions related to yoga, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.


Yogapedia Explains Karita

The meaning of karita differs significantly depending on the context. For instance:

  • In Buddhism, the Pali translation of karita is “caused to do," "build" or "construct.”

  • In Hindu Dharmasastra, or religious law, karita refers to interest promised by the debtor, one of the six kinds of interest.

  • In the context of Jainism, karita can be translated as “extending done by others.” It denotes one of the factors making up the 108 kinds of adhikaraṇa, or substratum of all living beings. Karita is referenced in an ancient Jain scripture, the "Tattvarthasutra," from the 2nd century.

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