Hritpadma, Hṛtpadma, Hrid-padma: 6 definitions

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Hritpadma 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 Hṛtpadma can be transliterated into English as Hrtpadma or Hritpadma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Hṛtpadma (हृत्पद्म) refers to the “lotus of the heart”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The god, possessing a subtle body (puryaṣṭaka), resides in the lotus of the heart [i.e., hṛtpadma-saṃsthita]. (His) form is that of a Kadamba bud and (shines) like a firefly. O beloved, the great, and divine Self is present there, located in the calix (of the lotus)”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Hṛtpadma (हृत्पद्म) refers to the “lotus of the heart”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] When the marvelous sun of true devotion to you rises, the lotus of my heart is inflamed (hṛtpadmasaṃpraphullaṃ hṛtpadmaṃ) through true emotion. In it always resides, out of respect, the good fortune of liberation that is coveted by all. Having attained the strength of true intelligence through Jñānasvāmin, I know what there is to know and everywhere contemplate my own self. I, Sāhib Kaula, have composed this hymn to the lineage deity Śārikā, which contains the construction of her Mantra. [...]”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Hritpadma in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Hṛtpadma (हृत्पद्म) refers to the “lotus of the heart”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 6.21-22]—“The being (jīva), is enclosed with [the syllables] saḥ, etc. [This rests] in the middle of the lotus of the heart (hṛtpadma-madhyaga), [which] is in the middle of the orb of the moon. [This done, the jīva] escapes from death completely. After [the Mantrin has] enclosed [the jīva] with syllables beginning with saḥ, etc., [the Mantrin] masters the procedure. [That is, he] should visualize [the encircled jīva] in the body. [The afflicted] is sure to become free from all disease, of this there is no doubt”.

Note: The heart lotus (hṛtpadma) is a common image in Tantric literature. The Śaiva Siddhānta Parākhya-tantra describes eight tubes that reach into the eight petals of the hṛtpadma. These stems link to various places in the body, all connected with the breath. In the Netra Tantra 6.21, the lotus sits in the middle of the moon. The practitioner visualizes the body, enchained by the mūla-mantra saḥ, etc., in the middle of the maṇḍala. In Svacchanda-tantra 7.220, the practitioner focuses on the seed, itself the body of the moon — one single spot in an ocean of amṛta. For true immortality to occur, the seed dissolves into the ocean just as I-ness dissolves into the divine.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Hritpadma in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Hṛtpadma (हृत्पद्म).—[neuter] the heart conceived as a lotus-flower.

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

Hṛtpadma (हृत्पद्म):—[=hṛt-padma] [from hṛt > hṛd] n. = -paṅkaja, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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Hritpadma in German

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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 (even English!). 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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