Kaulajnananirnaya, Kaulajñānanirṇaya, Kaulajnana-nirnaya: 2 definitions


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Kaulajñānanirṇaya (कौलज्ञाननिर्णय).—The Kaulajñānanirṇaya is an important Tāntric work belonging to the Nātha tradition, supposed to have been composed by Matsyendranātha who was the founder of one of the Kaula schools called Yogini-kaula. The doctrines of this school, as may be gathered from this text, have something in common with the Buddhist Tantras of the Sahajiyā class. H.P. Sastri assigned the manuscript of this work to the 9th century C.E.

It is divided into 24 sections and deals mainly with meaning of kula, practices prescribed for a kaula, the principle Akulavira, relation between śiva-śakti, bindu, nāda, mokṣa, mode of worship, means of acquisition of powers by which one can kill others and enjoy long life.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kaulajñānanirṇaya (कौलज्ञाननिर्णय) is traditionally attributed to Matsyendranātha.—Tradition considers Matsyendranātha to be the founder of Kaulism but the author of the Kaulajñānanirṇaya was well aware of the existence of specifically Kaula Tantras, which he refers to collectively as “Kulāgama”. Moreover, he lists numerous previous adepts and their schools. Even so, the relatively crude form of the doctrines and practices presented in this text indicate that it may well belong to a Kaula school that precedes the Kubjikā Tantras. The manuscripts are dateable to the eleventh and twelfth centuries (Bagchi 1934: 5). Another sign of the antiquity of this text is that Bhairava is the speaker, even though this is a Kaula Tantra. It would appear, therefore, that the text belongs to an early period of the development of the Kaula Tantras when they had not yet broken away from their Śaiva counterparts, the Bhairava Tantras, sufficiently for the goddess to become the main speaker, as she is in the later Kubjikā Tantras.

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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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