Mantramshaka, Mantrāṃśaka, Mantra-amshaka: 1 definition

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Mantramshaka 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 Mantrāṃśaka can be transliterated into English as Mantramsaka or Mantramshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Mantrāṃśaka (मन्त्रांशक) refers to “examination of mantra” and is explained in the 10th-century Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.16-28.—The mantrāṃśaka is a method to ascertain if the mantra is appropriate for a practitioner. As a preparation for the sādhanas explained in the following chapters, the practitioner should ascertain if the mantra recited in them is appropriate for him. The mantrāṃśaka is a kind of divination, through which one can predict the result of the relevant sādhana, using akṣaras of both mantra (mantra-akṣara) and oneʼs own name (ātmanāma-akṣara)

The Kulārṇava [15. 78-99] explained various yantras used in the Mantrāṃśaka: akathahacakra, akaḍamacakra, nakṣataracakra (nakṣatracakra ?), rāśicakra, ṛṇidhanicakra, and kulākulacakra.

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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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