Buddhitattva, Buddhi-tattva: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Buddhitattva (बुद्धितत्त्व, “intelligence, reason”):—One of the Thirty-six Tattvas, according to Śaiva doctrine. This is the fourteenth or twenty-third tattva (when counting in reverse). These primary principles (tattva) represent the different manifestations of Brahman (universal consciousness) which together form the basis of our experiences. The Buddhi-tattva forms part of the group of twenty-four Aśuddha-tattvas, which together constitue the realm of Aśuddha-māyā.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

Buddhi-Tattva: This is the first product of Pradhana, formed from its light-aspect (Sattva), in which both Soul and his experiences reflect themselves as in a mirror, resulting in thought processes. In everyday life, Buddhi constitutes a Soul's Intellect or Power of Reasoning whereby he analyses his experiences and forms a judgement in respect of the same.

Source: Nadalila: 36 Tattva

Intelligence (buddhi): reason, imagination; like a mirror Discernment (tarka) “between what is to be held close (upādeya) and what is to be laid aside (heya).”

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Buddhitattva (बुद्धितत्त्व).—the second element of the Sāṅkhya philosophy.

Derivable forms: buddhitattvam (बुद्धितत्त्वम्).

Buddhitattva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms buddhi and tattva (तत्त्व).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Buddhitattva (बुद्धितत्त्व):—[=buddhi-tattva] [from buddhi > budh] n. the intellectual faculty or principle (the 2nd of the 8 Prakṛtayaḥ or ‘producers’ in the Sāṃkhya, coming next to and proceeding from Mūla-prakṛti or A-vyakta), [Siddhāntaśiromaṇi] (cf. [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 83]).

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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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