Pashupatadhikarana, Pāśupatādhikaraṇa, Pashupata-adhikarana: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Pāśupatādhikaraṇa can be transliterated into English as Pasupatadhikarana or Pashupatadhikarana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (Shaivism)

Pāśupatādhikaraṇa (पाशुपताधिकरण) refers to Brahmasūtra 2.2.35-38.—One major concern for Appaya, and for Śrīkaṇṭha as well, is to avoid any conflict between Śaiva and Vedic/Vedāntic positions. The pāśupatādhikaraṇa deals with such a conflict. One of the central tenets of Vedānta is that Brahman is both the efficient (nimitta) and material (upādāna) cause of the world; that is, Brahman is both the creator and the material out of which the world is fashioned. In the pāśupatādhikaraṇa, the author of the Brahmasūtra refutes the Śaiva(/Pāśupata) position precisely on the grounds that it does not accept Śiva as the material cause of the world; it is on this basis that Śaṅkara, for instance, rejects the Śaiva-Pāśupata view in his bhāṣya.

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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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