Rupatita, Rūpātīta: 4 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

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. This was probably because the early Kashmiri Śaivites were influenced by the Upaniṣads and philosophical reflections (initiated originally by Buddhists) concerning the relationship between thought and consciousness and so, by extension, with its states. By the time we reach Abhinavagupta, Kashmiri Śaivism crystallizes in his work as the highest development of the Trika school. At the scriptural level, this Tantric tradition reached its apogee in the compact and systematic Mālinīvijayottaratantra. Although known and respected by the redactors of the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, it was not, of course, rated as highly as it was by Abhinava, who took this, effectively, to be the main Trika Tantra. 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.

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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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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