Lingarupin, Liṅgarūpin, Linga-rupin, Linga-rupi, Lingarupi, Liṅgarūpī: 2 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Lingarupin in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Liṅgarūpī (लिङ्गरूपी) refers to the “phallic form”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.13 (“Śiva-Pārvatī dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “[...] O lord, please ponder over who you are and who this subtle Prakṛti is. Without Prakṛti how can the great lord of the phallic form [i.e., liṅgarūpī] exist? You are worthy of the worship, respect and meditation of all living beings for ever, thanks to Prakṛti. Thinking of this in your heart, please reply”.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Sri Brahma Samhita

Liṅgarūpī (लिङ्गरूपी) refers to the “form of the original male generative capacity”, according to the Śrī Brahma-saṃhitā 5.10.—Accordingly, “The controller of all, the original agent, who has been indicated by the word maheśvara, is the potent male (puruṣa). For the purpose of creation, He is manifest in the form of the original male generative capacity [i.e., liṅgarūpī]. He who is called Mahā-Viṣṇu, the Lord of the cosmos, also appears in that combination of the active and receptive principles of creation by His expansion in the form of His glance”.

Commentary: “This verse has been spoken to clarify the previous verse. The unmanifest form mentioned previously now emerges in its manifest form for the purpose of creation. How does it emerge? The partial expansion of a partial expansion of Bhagavān, called the original potent male principle, Maheśvara, creates the material universe. Everything in the world of māyā – such as false ego, intelligence, mind, the five gross elements, the five sense objects and the unmanifest aggregate of the material energy – is the manifest representation of the unmanifest form of Bhagavān. The self-sufficient Mahā-Viṣṇu, who is the Lord of all living entities and all spiritual and material worlds, is the origin (aṃśī) of Maheśvara, who appears in a manifest form as the liṅga or original male generative capacity [i.e., liṅgarūpī]. It is also stated in the commentary on Laghu-bhāgavatāmṛta: ‘That Supreme Personality, the possessor of all potencies, Mahā-Viṣṇu, takes the form of Maheśvara as the liṅga or original generative capacity, and then enters within it as the Lord of the mundane universes’.”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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