Sarvastambha, Sarva-stambha: 1 definition

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Sarvastambha 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvastambha in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Sarvastambha (सर्वस्तम्भ) refers to one that “paralyses all things”, 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 the Goddess Kumārī said to Ṛṣi Vyāsa said: “Vyāsa’s state is nothing (real). O Śaṃkara, (there is nothing) of mine (I can give) you. [...] Māyā paralyses all things [i.e., sarvastambha-karī]. Māyā is (one’s) relative and my intelligence (mati). Māyā is in the encompassing (union of) the Bhaga and Liṅga. Māyā serves to delude and is the lord of worldly experience. The entire universe is born from Māyā. Bliss is the outpouring brought about by Māyā. [...]”.

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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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