Matsyendra: 6 definitions
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Yoga (school of philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
Matsyendra is one of the eighty-four Siddhas associated with eighty-four Yogic postures (āsanas), according to popular tradition in Jodhpur, Rājasthān. These posture-performing Siddhas are drawn from illustrative sources known as the Nava-nātha-caurāsī-siddha from Vȧrāṇasī and the Nava-nātha-caruāsī-siddha-bālāsundarī-yogamāyā from Puṇe. They bear some similarity between the eighty-four Siddhas painted on the walls of the sanctum of the temple in Mahāmandir.
The names of these Siddhas (e.g., Matsyendra) to 19th-century inscription on a painting from Jodhpur, which is labelled as “Maharaja Mansing and eighty-four Yogis”. The association of Siddhas with yogis reveals the tradition of seeing Matsyendra and his disciple Gorakṣa as the founders of haṭhayoga.
Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)
Matsyendra (मत्स्येन्द्र) is another name for Matsyendranātha, one of the “four Lords (teachers) of the Ages” (Yuganātha).—Matsyendranātha is worshipped as the teacher of this Age along with three other teachers and their consorts who brought the Kaula Tantra into the world in the previous three Ages. These four Lords of the Ages (yuganātha) are highly revered in the Kālīkrama and came to be considered to be embodiments of the basic states of consciousness. Matsyendranātha has a variety of cognate names [e.g., Matsyendra] (Cf. Dyczkowski 1988: 163 n23 and Bagchi 1934: 9).
Matsyendra as the Yuganātha (lord of the ages) of the kaliyuga is associated with Kāmarūpa, one of the sacred seats (pīṭha), according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—On the basis of hardly more than a hint in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, it outlines a scheme of sixteen parts for each seat, conscious, no doubt, that this is an ideal number. The commentary normally limits itself to do no more than explain what is presented in the text. This is one of the few instances it adds substantially to its contents [i.e., the Lords of the Ages—Matsyendra]. Presumably this is because when it was written the presentation of the features of the seats on this model was the accepted norm.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum
1) Matsyendra (मत्स्येन्द्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a teacher of yoga. Mentioned in Haṭhapradīpikā Oxf. 233^b. 234^a, in Saṃkṣepaśaṅkarajaya Oxf. 256^a.
2) Matsyendra (मत्स्येन्द्र):—Matsyendramuhūrta jy. B. 4, 170.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Matsyendra (मत्स्येन्द्र):—[from matsya > matsa] m. Name of a teacher of Yoga, [Catalogue(s)]
2) [v.s. ...] of an author (-muhūrta mn. Name of his [work]), [ib.]
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 263 - Origin of Matsyendranātha (Matsyendra-nātha) < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) (by G.V. Tagare)
Dvisahasri of Tembesvami (Summary and Study) (by Upadhyay Mihirkumar Sudhirbhai)
Bhagavatpadabhyudaya by Lakshmana Suri (study) (by Lathika M. P.)
Canto VII—Depicting of Ascending the Throne of Omniscience < [Chapter 2 - Content Analysis of Bhagavatpādābhyudaya]