Sadakhya, Sādākhya: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Sādākhya (सादाख्य).—The process of assuming the form by the transcendental god is termed as Sādākhya in Śaiva school of thought. The Tattvabhedapaṭala of Vātulāgama elaborately describes the process of Sādākhya and the Śaivotpattipaṭala of Rauravāgama describes the same process in a short manner. The Sakalaniṣkala form is known as Sādākhya, which is fivefold. Śiva with all these five is called Sadāśiva.

The five Sādākhyas are:

  1. Śivasādākhya,
  2. Amūrtasādākhya,
  3. Mūrtasādākhya,
  4. Kartṛsādākhya,
  5. Karmasādākhya.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Sādākhya (सादाख्य) is the name of a Siddha.—In the Kubjikāmatatantra 3.94-98, Bhairava declares that he appears in the world in the form of the teacher. In particular he assumes the form of five teachers. These are the Siddhas Sādākhya, Piṅga (the Tawny One) Ananta (Endless), Anugrahīśa (Lord of Grace), and Śrīkaṇṭha. These are related to the five elements Space, Wind, Fire, Water and Earth, respectively. [The fifth Siddha, who in this reference may be Piṅgalanātha].

2) Sādākhyā (सादाख्या) or Sādākhyāgranthi refers to the “Knot of Sādākhyā (Sadāśiva)” and represents one of the “sixteen knots” (granthi), according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(1) The Knot called Ananta, which is HAṂSA, should be placed (on the body). It is at the middle toe of the sixteen parts (of the body).The Knot of Time is below the ankle. [...] (15) Īśvarī is in the cavity (between) the eyebrows and (16) the one called Sadāśiva (sādākhyā) is in the Sound (nāda). And Vāgbhava (AIṂ) is above the Triple Fort (trikoṭi). [...]”.

The sixteen Knots [i.e., sādākhyā-granthi] are parts of the goddess’s body. Accordingly, they are projected into the adept’s body to transform it into the Triple Fort, that is, the triangular body of the goddess replete with the energies of the sacred seats. She is both with form, consisting of the letters and mantras, and without form as the Transmental (manonmanī) energy of the god.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sādākhya (ಸಾದಾಖ್ಯ):—[noun] (vīr.) the state of experiencing the qualities or presence of Śiva in the mind without interruption.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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