Re: [INDOLOGY] Karmavipākārka

Wiles Royce royce.wiles at
Tue Sep 15 12:18:10 UTC 2015


Velankar in the Jinaratnakośa (reference below) lists manuscripts of four separate works entitled Karmavipāka (p. 72-73) (nothing listed matches Karmavipākārkam) unfortunately.

I have no idea if these are relevant to your question but you make like to explore more:

(1) Karmavipāka of Gargarṣi ((7 commentaries extant), published Bhavnagar in samvat 1972 (JAS series; no 52) 
(2) K. of Devendrasūri (2 commentaries extant)
(3) K. of Śubhaśīla Gaṇi (1 manuscript known)
(4) K. of Mallidāsa (2 manuscripts known)

Velankar, H.D., 1944, Jinaratnakośa: an alphabetical register of Jain works and authors (vol. 1 works (no more published)), Bhankarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona.


> On 15 Sep 2015, at 10:03 pm, jacob at wrote:
> Dear list,
> I am trying to identify a work mentioned by Harikṛṣṇa in the Krīḍākauśalya section of his Bṛhajjyotiṣārṇava from 1871 CE. Discussing his Snakes & Ladders-like Karmapaṭṭa game, he lists the following sources for it:
> dṛṣṭvā karmavipākārkaṃ purāṇaṃ gāruḍaṃ tathā /
> śātātapasmṛtiṃ mātsyaṃ śrīmadbhāgavatādikam // 6.20.254
> Now, the work I am interested in identifying is the Karmavipākārka. While there are, of course, numerous works on karmavipāka, the only work given by NCC carrying the exact title Karmavipākārka (though also simply known as Karmavipāka) is a work attributed to Śaṅkarabhaṭṭa, son of Nīlakaṇṭha.
> Could anyone with a better overview of karmavipāka texts than myself tell me if this might be the work referred to by Harikṛṣṇa?
> Any suggestions are most welcome, including references to secondary literature on karmavipāka and karmavipāka texts.
> Kind regards,
> Jacob
> Jacob Schmidt-Madsen
> PhD Student (Indology)
> Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
> University of Copenhagen
> Denmark
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