Kashthavastha, Kāṣṭhāvasthā, Kashtha-avastha: 2 definitions



Kashthavastha 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 Kāṣṭhāvasthā can be transliterated into English as Kasthavastha or Kashthavastha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Kāṣṭhāvasthā (काष्ठावस्था) refers to the “wooden state”, according to the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—(The Cavity of Brahmā) is the size of a grain of wheat (yava) and the excellent form of a triangle. Like the genitals of a mare (vaḍavā-maṇīndriya) it expands and contracts (repeatedly). When the mind (cetas) is present there in the middle (of the triangle of the Cavity of Brahmā), a state (of contemplative absorption) arises (in which all bodily functions are suspended called) the Wooden State (kāṣṭhāvasthā).

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kashthavastha in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kāṣṭhāvasthā (काष्ठावस्था) refers to the “stage of the log of wood”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 5.20.—Accordingly, as Sanatkumāra said to Vyāsa:—“[...] Those who perform holy rites, who are endowed with very pious penance and who always worship Śiva should be honoured in every way always. [...] In the state of trance there are various stages such as the stage of the log of wood [i.e., kāṣṭhāvasthā], the stage of the dead and the stage of Harita. All these are destructive of all sins. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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