Mathanapada, Mathana-pada: 1 definition



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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mathanapada (मथनपद) refers to the “plane where the energies of the body are churned”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “[...] After the Drop [i.e., bindu/vipruṣa?], you enter into (the Wheels of) Purity (viśuddhi), the Heart, the City of Gems (maṇipura) and the Self-supported (svādhiṣṭhāna), which is said to be born of the support of the Root (centre) (kandanālambaja). (Thus,) residing on the plane (where the energies of the body are) churned (mathanapada), (you) have gone forth”.

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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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