Samsarabhaya, Saṃsārabhaya, Samsara-bhaya: 2 definitions
Samsarabhaya 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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Saṃsārabhaya (संसारभय) refers to the “fear of transmigratory existence”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Ṛṣi Vyāsa said: “I am a Brahmin and a Ṛṣi. I am Vyāsa, a companion of the gods. I am a soul frightened by the fear of transmigratory existence [i.e., saṃsārabhaya]. I am an insensitive fool. I was born in the Middle Country (madhyadeśa). (I am) distressed and (my) senses are disturbed. O goddess, I am Vyāsa. The goddess is Nature (and (I am) under the control of Nature. O Bhairavī, by prostrating fully (before you) (I take) your refuge. Impart all the teaching, the initiation and the transmission of the Command (ājñākrama) to me. [...]”.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Saṃsārabhaya (संसारभय) refers to the “dangers of saṃsāra”, according to the Guhyasūtra, the largest book of the Niśvāsa-corpus (a collection of early Śaiva Tantras comprising the Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra, and Guhyasūtra).—Accordingly, “[...] (110) Knowing this, one should not give [lightly] the supreme nectar of Lord Śiva. (111) According to this scripture of the Lord, one may attain Śiva by each of the following [practised individually]: initiation, knowledge, yoga and caryā in due order. [...] (114) This tetrad has been taught to destroy the dangers of Saṃsāra (saṃsārabhaya-nāśana). It should not [lightly] be given to others if one desires supernatural power for oneself”.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Bhaya, Samsara.
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