Pratyayajna, Pratyaya-ajna, Pratyayājñā: 1 definition



Pratyayajna 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pratyayājñā (प्रत्ययाज्ञा) refers to the “command of realisation”, according to the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—The command (ājñā) is generally a peripheral feature of the articulation of the theology and praxis of other schools, in this one it is central. The teaching of the Kubjikā tradition is that of the innate or spontaneous (sahaja) command of realisation (pratyayājñā). According to the Śrīmatottara-tantra—“Liberation (is attained) through the (deity’s) Command. (This) is the supreme initiation that bestows nirvāṇa”. Although there are other forms of initiation, this type is essential and should be imparted first of all by means of the Command, which, like a fire, burns up all impurity. [...]

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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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