Kayadravya, Kāyadravya, Kaya-dravya: 1 definition


Kayadravya 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Kāyadravya (कायद्रव्य) refers to “bodily substances”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “Again, the one who pierces the mind (cittavedha) (with the energy of grace) is a (true) teacher. He should awaken the unawakened to the Kula scripture (kulagrantha) by means of good languages (subhāṣā). The one who can explain the (yogic states known as) ‘Established in the Body’ (piṇḍastha), ‘Established on the Plane’ (padastha) and the procedure (krama) related to (the ritual offering) of bodily substances [i.e., kāyadravya-gata]—what is supreme, subtle and gross—is a (true) teacher. (Caste is) no consideration, (whatever he be,) starting from a Brahmin to an outcaste. Indeed, the teacher is one whose action (kriyā) (ritual and yogic) is such is said to be a Brahmin (vipra—regardless of his caste)”.

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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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