Sakti Tattva: 2 definitions

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Sakti Tattva 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Sakti Tattva. Though Siva Tattva is the First Vibration of Parama Siva, Sakti is the First Vibration or Spanda of Siva Tattva. Siva Tattva is Static and Sakti is dynamic or kinetic. Siva and Sakti (Subject and object, Aham and Idam) are non-different. Siva and Sakti polarize so that Siva can manifest his ready-made universe and beings on Himself and thus, becomes the experiencing principle by his expression of the universe. Sakti is the seed that blossoms out as the universe.

Sakti Tattva is also known as Bindu Tattva, Bindu for Light. Creation is Sound and Light Show and therefore, Nada and Bindu are two sides of the same coin. But Nada is recognized as the origin of Bindu. While the coin is minted, Nada is the first stamp on the coin and Bindu is the 2nd stamp. Bindu is the origin of all manifestation, which starts of as VAcaka and VAcya (the word and the object it denotes), which remain undifferentiated to begin with. Thus letters, syllables and words are the origin of objects. The creative descent from VAcaka and VAcya is called pathways or Adhvas. The six Adhvas belong to Prana Sakti (Vimarsa Sakti) also known as Spanda, which makes the world appear and disappear from view of the supreme Lord. Vimarsa Sakti is hierarchically above the Prana and Jada Saktis, the last manifesting the universe.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Anahada Nada: Shiva Sūtrās

 These Shiva Sūtrās found in Kashmir have a unique place among ancient Hindu scriptures.

About 250 years ago, there lived a brahmin named Vasugupta in Kashmir, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva. One night lord Shiva Himself appeared in his dreams and instructed him that, 'In the Shankar mountain, there's a cave, inside which there's a large stone slab. On turning it over, you'll find spiritual knowledge given by me. Accept it, and also give it to society.' Next day Vasugupta took some people to that place and found the cave and the stone slab exactly as they were described. On that stone, he found 77 sūtrās (aphorisms) engraved. Those are the Shiva Sūtrās that we have received by the grace of that great devotee of Shiva, Vasugupta. The 77 sūtrās are divided in three parts: 1) śāmbhavopāya, 2) śāktopāya, and 3) ānavopāya.

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