Kulashtaka, Kulāṣṭaka, Kula-ashtaka: 1 definition


Kulashtaka 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 Kulāṣṭaka can be transliterated into English as Kulastaka or Kulashtaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Kulāṣṭaka (कुलाष्टक) (Cf. Aṣṭakula) refers to the “octad of kula”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, [while describing the Eight Kulas]—“1) Without plane (of existence), established in Rudra's energy, that is Kula in the Kula teachings. 2) Kula is said to be the body. 3) Kula is said to be the end of meditation. 4) Kula is the aggregate of the (Eight Mothers who are the) Octad of Kula (kulāṣṭaka-grāma). [...]

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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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