Saptajihva, aka: Sapta-jihva, Saptan-jihva; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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Saptajihva:—In a properly performed sacrifice, seven flames of the fire are supposed to shoot up, not just one or two. The hungry fire will lap up in seven tongues, and the seven tongues have their own names –

  1. kālī: the black one;
  2. karalī: the blacker one;
  3. mano-javā: rapid like the movement of the mind; sulhoitā: reddish in colour;
  4. sudhūmravarṇā: brownish in colour;
  5. sphuliṅginī: sparking forth;
  6. viśva-rūpi: radiant;
  7. devī: divine are the flames.

Agni himself rises up to receive our offering and take us to the gods so that, in their satisfaction, they lift us up to the abode of the gods.

Source: Swami Krishnananda: Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad, Chapter 1: Section 2
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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Saptajihvā (सप्तजिह्वा) refers to one of the eight forms of fire (agni) to be assigned to the body parts of the worshipper during preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V. The various tongues (jihvās) of fire are assigned to the various limbs of the body of the worshipper. The eight forms of fire (viz. Saptajihvā) are assigned to the body of the worshipper.

Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Saptajihva (सप्तजिह्व).—fire. (the seven tongues are kālī, karālī, manojavā, sulohitā, sudhūmravarṇā, ugrā and pradīptā).

Derivable forms: saptajihvaḥ (सप्तजिह्वः).

Saptajihva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saptan and jihva (जिह्व). See also (synonyms): saptajvāla.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saptajihva (सप्तजिह्व).—m.

(-hvaḥ) Agni or fire. E. sapta seven, jihvā a tongue or flame.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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