Bodhayitva, Bodhayitvā: 3 definitions


Bodhayitva 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bodhayitva in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bodhayitvā (बोधयित्वा) refers to “regaining consciousness”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.53 (“Description of Śiva’s return journey”).—Accordingly, after Menā spoke to Śiva: “Saying this, Menakā dedicated (samarpya) her daughter to Him and crying aloud became unconscious in front of them. When she regained consciousness (bodhayitvā), Śiva took leave of her and the mountain and set on journey with the gods jubilantly. The gods with the lord and His Gaṇas started on their journey silently. They wished the mountain well. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bodhayitva in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Bodhayitvā (बोधयित्वा) refers to “having awakened (Kuṇḍalinī)”, according to the Haṭhapradīpikā (verse 4.19-20a-b).—Accordingly, [while describing the attainment of Samādhi]: “Having awakened (bodhayitvā) Kuṇḍalinī, the vitality which has been carefully accumulated along with internal heat enters Suṣumnā unobstructed. When vitality is flowing in Suṣumṇā, the no-mind state is accomplished”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bodhayitva in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Bodhayitvā (बोधयित्वा) refers to “having awakened (the Goddess)”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly: “[...] Once the benefactor of the universe, Śrīnātha, called the primordial one, had spoken thus, he gave the Command to the goddess to bring the Śrīkula down (to earth) and explain (the teaching of the) lineage of the family of Siddhas belonging to the Śrīkula. O beloved, you should explain this venerable teaching to one who has devotion. Then once the great lord had given that Command to the goddess and awakened (bodhayitvā) (her), he took rest, O mistress of the gods, and remained silent. [...]

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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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