Capashara, Capa-shara, Cāpaśara: 2 definitions



Capashara 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.

The Sanskrit term Cāpaśara can be transliterated into English as Capasara or Capashara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chapashara.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama

Bow & Arrows (cāpa-śara):—The bow is the destructive aspect of the-notion-of-individuality (tāmasa-ahaṃkāra). This aspect is associated in the creation of the world with the disintegrating tendency and with the origin of the indriyas (sensory and motor faculties) and their fields of activity in the material world

This activity of engaging in sense gratification is symbolized by the arrows, held within the quiver which is the storehouse of actions. The arrows are then shot at objects within the field of our daily experience.

On the path to enlightenment the bow represents the psychological foundation from which spiritual unfoldment ta kes place. The arrow of the mind is aimed at its target which is the Supreme Lord, and then with skilful means of spiritual techniques it is released to fly to its ultimate goal, never to

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction

Cāpaśara (चापशर, “bow and arrow”).—Concentration and focussing of the mind upon the goals of overcoming lower nature and achieving transformation, enlightenment and Liberation. In the hands of Kāma the god of love, it represents the attachment of the five senses to their objects.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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