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Mustard seed 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Mustard seeds appear in descriptions of Hindu ritual, but not with the same frequency as other elements, such as sesame seeds. The Suśrutasaṃhita gives various medicinal uses of mustard seed and the Arthaśāstra describes it as a very powerful element of esoteric practice. See Nidānasthāna 16.5-8, Cikitsāsthāna 5.12-14, 14.16, 16.22-23, 22.30, 32.8, 37.38, and 37.44; AŚ 14:1.33, 14:1.36, 14:2.4, 14:2.8-9.

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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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