Rupatita, Rūpātīta: 5 definitions


Rupatita means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Rūpātīta (रूपातीत) refers to one of the four states of consciousness (related to four yogic states), according to the Mālinīvijayottaratantra 2.36ff, Tantrāloka 10.227, Kubjikāmatatantra chapters 17-19, Manthānabhairavatantra Kumārikākhaṇḍa 19.6ff, 44.5-8 and Kulapañcāśikā 1.8ff.—[...] We do also find profound expositions of the states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep along with Fourth state beyond them in the work of Kashmiri Śaiva exegetes. [...] There the four states of consciousness [i.e., Rūpātīta] are related to four yogic states as we find commonly in Kaula Tantras of various schools, including those of the goddess Kubjikā.

2) Rūpātīta (रूपातीत) refers to the “plane beyond form”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] Guhyakubjī is in the fourth (Wheel), established on the plane Beyond Form (rūpātīta-pada). These (forms of the goddess) are said to reside in (the states) beginning with the Body and ending with Beyond Form. Each one (consists) of all the many (forms of) consciousness and bestows (all the) fruits (of Yoga). [...]”.

Source: The Śāradātilakatantra on Yoga

Rūpātīta (रूपातीत) represents one of the four stages of creation corresponding to the Sahasrāra-cakra, and is explained in terms of kuṇḍalinī by Lakṣmaṇadeśika in his 11th-century Śaradātilaka verse 25.62.—“The ‘solid mass’ (piṇḍa) is doubtlessly the kuṇḍalinī, equivalent to Śiva; the “position” (pada), on the other hand, is doubtlessly the haṃsaḥ, the inner Self of all. The “form” (rūpa) is doubtlessly the bindu of infinite lustre; the blissful union (sāmarasya) with Śiva is “form transcended” (atītarūpa)”.

Note: The terms piṇḍa, pada, rūpa and rūpātīta refer to four stages of creation. These four are also said to correspond to four Cakras: piṇḍa to mūlādhāra, pada to anāhata, rūpa to ājñā and rūpātīta to sahasrāra.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Rūpātīta (रूपातीत) refers to “one who who extend beyond all forms” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.12 (“The Gods go back to their abodes”).—Accordingly, as Maya-Asura eulogized Śiva: “[...] Obeisance to you of variegated forms; to you, the eternal one; obeisance to you who extend beyond all forms (rūpātīta). Obeisance to you of divine forms, shapes, and features. Obeisance to the destroyer of the distress of those who bow to you; obeisance to the welfare-hearted; to the creator, sustainer and annihilator of the three worlds. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Google Books: Yoga in Jainism

Rūpātīt (रूपातीत्).—One of the five types of meditation (dhyāna);—The rūpātīta-dhyāna implies the meditation on the attributes of siddhātman. In other words, the rūpātīta-dhyāna is when the Yogi meditates upon the self as blissful consciousness, pure and formless.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Rūpātīta (रूपातीत).—One of the four types of saṃsthānavicaya (contemplation of objects of structure of the universe).—What is meant by contemplation on formless self (rūpātīta) meditation? The practiser of this type of meditation considers himself like a pure formless siddha and then contemplates on the virtues of the siddha only.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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