Pashcimamnaya, Paścimāmnāya, Paschima-amnaya: 4 definitions


Pashcimamnaya 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 Paścimāmnāya can be transliterated into English as Pascimamnaya or Pashcimamnaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Pashcimamnaya.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Pashcimamnaya in Yoga glossary
Source: Google Books: The Khecarividya of Adinatha

Paścimāmnāya (पश्चिमाम्नाय) refers to the (predominantly) south Indian stream of Śaivism, according to the Matsyendrasaṃhitā. [...] Evidence helpful in dating the text is scant, but there are clues as to where some parts of it were composed. [...] There is strong evidence for other parts of the text having been composed in the Tamil region of south India. At 55.3 the frame story mentions a king from the south whose city is called Allūra. The city has not been identified, but the suffix -ūra suggests the Tamil region. References to the predominantly south Indian paścimāmnāya stream of Śaivism are found throughout the text. Southern origins can also be inferred from the injunction at 8.31 to worship the god Śāstṛ, a village deity found only in the Tamil region. Furthermore the yoga taught in the text is often described as śāmbhava, a name commonly used in south India to describe Śaiva yoga.

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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).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Paścimāmnāya (पश्चिमाम्नाय) refers to the “western tradition” representing one of the six divisions of Āmnāya (“tradition”).—[...] Ultimately, the Kaula Tantras came to be divided into six āmnāyas symbolically set in the four quarters of space, nadir, and zenith. The first of these to emerge were the uttarāmnāya and the paścimāmnāya. The meaning of both the names paścimāmnāya and uttarāmnāya are ambiguous. ‘Uttarāmnāya’ may mean both the ‘higher tradition’ and the ‘tradition of the north’. Both were probably meant right from the inception of the use of this term. Although the name ‘paścimāmnāya’ in the sense of the ‘Western Tradition’ never appears in the earliest Kubjikā sources, it became one of the standard names for the Kubjikā school in the later ones. Moreover, with the passage of time and the development of other ‘āmnāyas’ it became a convenient way of locating it in the context of the other Kaula schools.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Pashcimamnaya in Hinduism glossary
Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

Pascimamnaya contains Vidyās for

  • ten Duti Devatās (messenger Devatās)
  • three mandalās (the Agni-Surya-Soma mandalās representing three putis of Śrī-Vidyā)
  • ten vīra Bhairavās or warriors
  • sixty four siddhas
  • forms and associate Devatās of Viṣṇu
  • nine grahās
  • Sura mantras or mantras for Devatās like Indra
Source: Sadasiva

Paschima-amnaya, the West Doctrine, is concerned with destruction, Karma Marga, and 32 Tattvas. The West Face (of Sadasiva) of the complexion of clouds revealed the Mantras and rites to Agni, Candra (Vidhu ), Dikpalas, Ganesha, Garuda, Gopala, Hanuman, Harihara (Hari is blue face and Hara is white face; This is One God, part Vishnu and part Siva) Krishna, Narayana, Nrishimha, Ramacandra, Suras, Surya, Vamana, Varaha, Vishnu, Yama.

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