Hamsavilasa, aka: Haṃsavilāsa, Hamsa-vilasa; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Haṃsavilāsa (हंसविलास) or “transport of the Haṃsas”) is a complex and unusual work composed in Sanskrit by a Smārta Brahmin named Miṭṭhu (or Miṭṭha) Śukla who was born in 1737 CE in Gujarat. Calqued on the established scriptural genre of the Tantric dialogue between Śiva and Śakti, the text is in part a spiritual autobiography, in part a learned doxography of competing soteriologies, in part an acute philosophical polemic and invective against contemporary strands of moralizing reformist Hinduism, in part a mantra and ritual manual, in part a text on the fine arts, musicology, aesthetics and erotics, and above all an outspoken work of Śākta or Kaula apologetics.

Source: academia.edu: A Śākta Rāsalīlā as Rājayoga in Eighteenth-Century Benares
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Haṃsavilāsa (हंसविलास):—The name of a Sanskrit work on Śākta ritual, non-dualist doctrine, erotics and Kaula tantra. Written by Haṃsamiṭṭhu.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Haṃsavilāsa (हंसविलास) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Haṃsavilāsa] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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