Bhutatantra, aka: Bhūtatantra, Bhuta-tantra; 3 Definition(s)
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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Bhūtatantra (भूततन्त्र) or Bhūtatantrāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Aṃśumāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Bhūta-tantra Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Aṃśumān-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Bhūtatantra (भूततन्त्र) refers to one of the four classifications of Tantras belonging to the Śāktāgama or Śāktatantra tradition, according to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana. Śāktāgama represents one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom) and holds the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation.
The Bhūta class of Śāktatantras are:
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Bhūtatantra (भूततन्त्र).—the doctrine of spirits.
Derivable forms: bhūtatantram (भूततन्त्रम्).
Bhūtatantra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhūta and tantra (तन्त्र).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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