Padadhvan, Padādhvan, Pada-adhvan: 2 definitions
Padadhvan 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Padādhvan (पदाध्वन्):—One of the six ways in which the Absolute manifests Itself in the process of creation (ṣaḍadhvan). Each of them represents a differect aspect of energy. Each path consists of a particular number of entities which stand for the successive stages in the evolutionary process, from the most subtle to the gross. In reverse order, from the gorss to the subtle, they symbolize the process of involution (or, saṃhāra) and serve as a means of attaining liberation or reintegration.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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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