Sadhaki, Sādhakī: 3 definitions

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Sadhaki 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: academia.edu: Women in Early Śākta Tantras

Sādhakī (साधकी) The female practitioner (sādhakī/yoginī/bhaginī/strī ).—The boundaries of divinised humans and gods are often blurred or non-existent in tantric cults as well as in many contexts of mainstream Hinduism. In the present context, this implies that divine and human yoginīs may be considered identical in some cases, and that the distinc-tion between a yoginī, who is potentially divine, and a female practi-tioner (sādhakī), who is definitely human, is less clear than we would expect. Indeed, the word yoginī often simply denotes a female practi-tioner.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Sādhakī (साधकी) refers to a “female practitioner”, according to the Siddhayogeśvarīmata chapter 10.—Accordingly, “[Bhairava spoke]:—First [before any other practice to attain a specific supernatural power], for all kinds of supernatural powers, [and] for expiatory purposes, one has to start the observance of the [ancillary] mantras, which destroys all obstacles. The male or female practitioner (sādhakī), with his/her mind focused on the mantra, should perform worship according to prescriptions and then undertake the vow. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sādhaki (ಸಾಧಕಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman who practises something repeatedly for purpose of learning, acquiring proficience, etc.

2) [noun] a woman who practises witchcraft.

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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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