Caturmurtilakshanavidhana, Caturmūrtilakṣaṇavidhāna, Caturmurtilakshana-vidhana: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Caturmūrtilakṣaṇavidhāna can be transliterated into English as Caturmurtilaksanavidhana or Caturmurtilakshanavidhana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturmurtilakshanavidhana.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Caturmūrtilakṣaṇavidhāna (चतुर्मूर्तिलक्षणविधान) (lit. “rules regarding (the mantras addressed to) the four forms”) is the name of the third chapter of the Nāradīyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra document comprising over 3000 verses in 30 chapters presenting in a narrative framework the teachings of Nārada to Gautama, dealing primarily with modes of worship and festivals.

Description of the chapter [caturmūrtilakṣaṇavidhāna]: Gautama asks to know about the various mantras, etc., for use in praising the various deities (by implication continuing into the mantrāsana-stage the subject of the preceding chapter on overt worship routines). Nārada commences with instructions for the construction of the dvādaśākṣara-mantra, and along with these gives an analysis of the main mantra while also telling about the twelve subsidiary Mantras (aṅgamantra) connected with it—including certain colors associated with the subsidiary mantras and the tattva-realities symbolically referred to by them (1-20). This dvādaśākṣara-mantra is said to be the most efficacious, secret, divinely-empowered, blessed, etc. (21-39). He then digresses into the disciplinary techniques [sādhana] to be used when employing this dvādaśākṣara-mantra in a regular program of japa etc., along with the worldly and other-worldly rewards accruing to such practices (40-64). However, he attaches to his exposition a warning against grossly misusing the mantra’s power for selfish, mundane purposes (65-68). The discussion of the dvādaśākṣara-mantra concludes with a restriction—to wit, that it be given only to properly qualified persons (69-72).

Nārada then turns to discuss another, unnamed mantra addressed to Saṃkarṣaṇa. Here, too, he treats of its construction, its subsidiary forms [aṅga], its uses and restrictions (73-94). The next mantra is for Pradyumna (95-104), followed by a similar treatment of the mantra addressed to Aniruddha (105-117)

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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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