Adhvan; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Adhvan (अध्वन्).—The efficient agency of the divinity to create the world is conceived as adhvan, way (path), or realm. Adhvan is hexadic:

  1. kalā, aspect;
  2. tattva, the thirty-six principles of cosmic evolution;
  3. bhuvana, planes of experience totaling 224;
  4. varṇa, the fifty-one letters of the alphabet;
  5. pada, the eighty-one magical words;
  6. mantra, the eleven syllabic farmulae.

In meditational and ritual worship, adhvan is conceived as the mode of being of Śiva. The five-fold modality of kalā from transcendental to phenomenal pervades each of the other adhvans as well.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra (shaivism)

Adhvan (अध्वन्).—The concept of adhvan is common to South Indian Śaivism, Kashmir Śaivism and Śāktism. In a distorted pattern. this concept figures in some of the Pāñcarātra texts also. Mantra, pada, varṇa, bhuvana, tattva and kalā are the six kinds of adhvan which constitute the cosmic-cum-amorphic body of Lord Śiva. In His adhvan form, Lord Śiva assumes varṇādhvan as His skin; padādhvan as His head; tattvādhvan as His heart; bhuvanādhvan as His body-hairs; mantrādhvan as His blood, semen, marrow, bone, etc. and kalādhvan as His entire limbs.

Source: IGNCA: Prakṛti Volume 3

Adhvan (अध्वन्, “path”) refers to the “conquered levels of the ontological courses” and is dealt with in the Mālinīvijayottara.—In the Mālinīvijayottara and in the Svāyambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha there are six such paths. Which path is followed depends on the incidental Perfections sought by the Yogin. The Mālinīvijayottara terms this Perfection-based yoga the system of six lakṣyabheda; the Svāyambhuvasūtrasaṃgraha knows it as the phalabheda. But additionally, in the Mālinīvijayottara, the stages of this gradual advancement have, by assimilation to a hierarchy of seven experients, aquired an apperceptive dimension.The original ontological ascent is no longer the only, or even the primary path to Śiva.

Source: The Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottaratantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Adhvan (अध्वन्) refers a set of six “paths” being purified during the Kriyāvatī-dīkṣā: an important Śākta ritual described Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.—“... Looking with the divine eye he transfers the caitanya of his disciple into himself and unites it with that of his own, thereby effecting a purification of the six adhvans namely: kalā, tattva, bhavana, varṇa, pada, and mantra”.

The word adhvā means ‘path’, and when the above six adhvans are purified they lead to Brahman-experience.

Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Adhvan (अध्वन्) or Tryadhvan refers to the “three times” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 86):

  1. atīta-adhvan (past time),
  2. anāgata-adhvan (future time),
  3. pratyutpanna-adhvan (present time).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., adhvan). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adhvan (अध्वन्).—m. [atti balaṃ; ad-kvanip dhādeśaḥ Uṇ.4.115; perhaps from at also]

1) (a) A way, road; passage, orbit (of planets &c.); मुक्ताध्वानं ये लङ्घयेयुर्भवन्तम् (muktādhvānaṃ ye laṅghayeyurbhavantam) Me.54. (b) Distance, space (traversed or to be traversed); पञ्चदशयोजनमात्रमध्वानं जगाम (pañcadaśayojanamātramadhvānaṃ jagāma) K.119,12; कियत्यध्वनि सा उज्ज- यिनी (kiyatyadhvani sā ujja- yinī) 27; Dk.13; अपि लङ्धितमध्वानं बुबुधे न बुधोपसः (api laṅdhitamadhvānaṃ bubudhe na budhopasaḥ) R.1. 47; उल्लङ्घिताध्वा (ullaṅghitādhvā) Me.45; कालाध्वनोरत्यन्तसंयोगे (kālādhvanoratyantasaṃyoge) &c. (c) Journey, travel, course, march; नैकः प्रपद्येताध्वानम् (naikaḥ prapadyetādhvānam) Ms.4.6 undertake a journey; अध्वसु त्रिषु विसृष्टमैथिलः (adhvasu triṣu visṛṣṭamaithilaḥ) R.11.57 after three marches; परिक्लान्तः किलाध्वना (pariklāntaḥ kilādhvanā) Ki.11.2 wayworn; अध्वश्रमपरिगतम् (adhvaśramaparigatam) Me.17.4; अध्वा वर्णकफस्थौल्यसौकुमा- र्यविनाशनः (adhvā varṇakaphasthaulyasaukumā- ryavināśanaḥ) Suśr.

2) A recension of the Vedas and the school upholding it (śākhā, avayava) एकविंशत्यध्वयुक्त- मृय्वेदमृषयो विदुः । सहस्राध्वा सामवेदो यजुरेकशताध्वकम् ॥ अध्वा देवगतिः शाखा इति पर्यायवाचकाः (ekaviṃśatyadhvayukta- mṛyvedamṛṣayo viduḥ | sahasrādhvā sāmavedo yajurekaśatādhvakam || adhvā devagatiḥ śākhā iti paryāyavācakāḥ) |

3) Time (Kāla), time personified, (being the eater of all) दुर्मरं पुरुषेणेह मन्ये ह्यध्वन्यनागते (durmaraṃ puruṣeṇeha manye hyadhvanyanāgate) Mb.14.8.24.

4) Air; sky, atmosphere.

5) Place. प्रस्थितं दीर्घमध्वानं स्वबन्धुमिव बान्धवाः (prasthitaṃ dīrghamadhvānaṃ svabandhumiva bāndhavāḥ) Rām.5.1.45.

6) Means, resource; method.

7) Attack (adhikadurāroha- ṇam). अध्वन् (adhvan) is changed to अध्व (adhva) after prepositions; प्राध्वः, व्यध्वः (prādhvaḥ, vyadhvaḥ) &c.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adhvan (अध्वन्).—m.

(-dhvā) 1. A road. 2. Fixing, placing. 3. Time. 4. Assault. 5. Correcting viscidity, dilution of the phlegm and marrow. E. ata to go constantly, kvanip affix; dha substituted for ta.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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