Saumyamurti, Saumyamūrti, Saumya-murti: 1 definition


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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Saumyamūrti (सौम्यमूर्ति) refers to “having a tranquil form”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(Now) I will tell (you) about the arising (of the tradition) that gives bliss and accomplishment in the Kṛta Age [...] (There) the (goddess) Kulālikā has five faces. She has ten beautiful, a divine (beautiful) form and is very powerful. Mounted on a ghost as (her) seat, she is yellow and possesses a beautiful, radiant power. Bearing the form (she assumes when engaged in Kaula) practice, she is profound; (her) form is tranquil (saumyamūrti) and sports with great (delight). Mighty with her strength, twelve princes accompany her. [...]”.

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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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