Pashaccheda, Pāśaccheda, Pasha-cheda: 2 definitions
Pashaccheda 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.
The Sanskrit term Pāśaccheda can be transliterated into English as Pasaccheda or Pashaccheda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Pashachchheda.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Pāśaccheda (पाशच्छेद) refers to “severing the fetters”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Now I will tell (you) another visualized form that is praised by the gods; by just recollecting it peoples’ fetters are severed [i.e., pāśaccheda]. O Maheśvara, I will tell (you) that supreme iconic form. Śāmbhavī, the supreme (goddess) Khañjī is ever active and without defect. Disembodied, she is both devoid (of manifestation) and full (of it). She is (both) (articulate speech) with vowels and (unmanifest speech) without vowels. [...]”
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra
Pāśaccheda (पाशच्छेद) refers to “cutting the bonds (with the astramantra), according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 4.5cd-6, while describing the purification process of the initiand]—“[...] Once he has performed the saṃskāra [called] separation, whose nature is the absence of being the agent of experience, once all bhogas have been completed]. Then, as proclaimed by tradition, [he should] cut the bonds (pāśaccheda) with the astramantra. [Then, after [he has] cut (cheda) the binding ties (pāśasūtra) with the astramantra, which is taught to follow immediately after this separation, with the same [mantra] he should] burn [that thread by casting it into ritual fire”.
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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