Parakasha, Parākāśa: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Parākāśa can be transliterated into English as Parakasa or Parakasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Parakasha in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Parākāśa (पराकाश) refers to the “supreme expanse”, according to the commentary on the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.— Accordingly, “(The reality) devoid of that [i..e, series of objects of knowledge] is the supreme expanse (parākāśa), the unmanifest. Yoga and the like, as well as the purification of the Sixfold Path (of manifestation) and the like, serve (only) as the instrumental cause (nimitta) of its perception (upalabdhi), that is, as the cause of its yogic perception (yogopalabdhi)”.

According to the Manthānabhairavatantra:—The yogi, immersed in contemplation (samādhi), looking up into the infinite expanse of the transcendent (parākāśa), experiences the penetration that is marked by the expansion of the bliss of consciousness and realises that that is his own essential nature. Exhaling, he leads the energy of Kuṇḍalinī upwards and, recalling the Divine Triangle, which is the goddess's face at the apex of Kuṇḍalinī’s ascent, he penetrates into her and she into him

2) Parākāśa (पराकाश) refers to the “supreme void” and is used to describe the Goddess, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Śrīkaṇṭha praised the Goddess: “Victory! Victory (to you who are) in the middle of the Liṅga of the Void (khaliṅga), invisible, (you who are) Light and (whose) form is the Supreme Void (ākāśa) [i.e., parākāśa-mūrtika], worshipped with great devotion. I have come (to take) refuge (in you) O mistress (svāminī), have mercy on me. [...]”.

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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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[«previous next»] — Parakasha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Parākāśa (पराकाश).—

1) Remote expectation or hope.

2) Distant view.

Derivable forms: parākāśaḥ (पराकाशः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Parākāśa (पराकाश):—[=parā-kāśa] m. (√kāś) distant view, remote expectation (only in āśā-parākāśan), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

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Parakasha in German

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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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