Asmitasamadhi, Asmitāsamādhi, Asmita-samadhi: 1 definition


Asmitasamadhi 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Asmitāsamādhi (अस्मितासमाधि) refers to an “elevated form of concentration”.—[...] Although the concept of an absolute ego [i.e., ahaṃbhāva] is not found elsewhere in any school of Indian thought, the ego is revalued and seen to possess positive qualities by several Tantric traditions that developed around the end of the first millennium. The most evident precedent is Patañjali’s Yoga where egoity (asmitā) is considered to be the object of the most intense and elevated form of concentration (asmitāsamādhi). It leads directly to the realisation of the pure consciousness nature of the Person (puruṣa) and hence his detachment from the domain of the bondage of Nature (prakṛti) which is, essentially, the sphere of objectivity.

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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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