Jnanashakti, Jñānaśakti, Jnana-shakti: 2 definitions

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Jnanashakti 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 Jñānaśakti can be transliterated into English as Jnanasakti or Jnanashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Jñānaśakti (ज्ञानशक्ति):—Fourth of the five Śakti to evolve, at saṃhāra (the end of an aeonic destruction). It is also known as Pratiṣṭhāśakti, because it yokes to the puruṣa-tattvas which are naturally inert and supremely subtle. It evolved out of a thousandth part of the Icchāśakti. The final Śakti to evolve, out of a thousandth part of this Ādiśakti, is called the Kṛyāśakti.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Jñānaśakti (ज्ञानशक्ति) refers to one of the Śaktis emanting from a thousandth part of Icchāśakti.—For the benefit of the world Śiva conceives a spontaneous idea, which results in the manifestation of śakti from his one-thousandth part. Then comes Parā-śakti, Ādi-śakti, Icchā-śakti and Kriyā-śakti, each succeeding from the 1/1000 part of the preceeding one. Pratiṣṭhā is another name for Jñānaśakti, whose 1/1000 part forms the Kartṛsādākhya. This is in the form of Divyaliṅga, which resembles the pure crystal in lusture. In the midst of Liṅga there is the form of Īśvara with four heads, four faces, twelve eyes etc.

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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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