Anahatadhvani, Anāhatadhvani, Anahata-dhvani: 1 definition


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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Anāhatadhvani (अनाहतध्वनि) or simply Anāhata refers to the “unstruck sound” symbolizing the energy of transcendental consciousness, according to Kṣemarāja in his commentaries on the Netratantra and the Svacchandabhairavatantra, which is well known to the Kubjikā Tantras.—Sound is the reflective awareness of the energy of transcendental consciousness, which, becoming conscious of itself, assumes the form of ‘Unstruck Sound’ (anāhatadhvani). It is not manifest as the individual phonemic energies of Speech, but is the phonemic energy (varṇa) of all these as the instrumental cause of their manifestation, and underlies them when they are manifest individually. As such it can be identified with the emissive power of consciousness (visarga), as yet unmanifest, that resides in the junction between transcendent Śiva and his immanent energy. The Netratantra identifies it with the Sadāśiva principle, which corresponds to the state in which manifestation rests in Śiva’s energy. Kashmiri Śaivites explain this state in terms of their phenomenology as being conscious of itself in its essential subjectivity (ahantā) and containing all the objectivity (idantā) that is to be made manifest.

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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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