Mantrashakta, Mantraśakta, Mantra-shakta: 1 definition

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Mantrashakta 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 Mantraśakta can be transliterated into English as Mantrasakta or Mantrashakta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Mantraśakta (मन्त्रशक्त) refers to the “power-source of mantras”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 21.1]—“O Deva, what are mantras composed of? What are their characteristics? What do they look like? What power [do they] possess? What makes them powerful (mantraśaktamantrāḥ ... kathaṃ śaktāḥ)? How are they able [to be effective] and who impels them [to be productive]?”.

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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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