Anavamala, Āṇavamala, Anava-mala: 1 definition



Anavamala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Sanskrit & Trika Shaivism: Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir

Āṇavamala (आणवमल) is “the primordial impurity of the limited being”; (“mala”—“impurity”, “āṇava”—“pertaining to aṇu or conditioned being”)—There are three malas according to Trika, and this is the first one. Āṇavamala is the source from which comes the entire aggregate of tattvas from 6 to 36. It is a tremendous contraction of Śiva’s Will.

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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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