Shabdasparsha, Śabdasparśa, Shabda-sparsha: 3 definitions


Shabdasparsha means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Śabdasparśa can be transliterated into English as Sabdasparsa or Shabdasparsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Śabdasparśa (शब्दस्पर्श) refers to “sound and touch”, according to the Kularatnapañcakāvatāra verse 1.23cd-33ab.—Accordingly, “Sound, touch (śabdasparśa), form, flavour, smell, mind, intellect, ego, and Karma, which is considered to be the ninth—the goddess has assumed nine aspects and (she is) my pervasive power. She brings about (this) multifarious wonder in the three worlds by means of (her) Māyā. Due to (that) will, which is supreme and most inferior, the entire universe is pervaded by these (nine). O dear one, pleasure and pain arise and fall away. [...]”.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Śabdasparśa (शब्दस्पर्श) refers to “sound and touch”, 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, [while expounding Kaula and the Nine Kaulas]—“Free of sound and touch (śabdasparśa-vinirmukta), devoid of what is to be taken up and abandoned, what exists and what does not, the Great Kaula, the Nameless, is free of the repetition of mantra and worship, meditation, and concentration”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Shabdasparsha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Śabdasparśa (शब्दस्पर्श) refers to the “reverberation of the sound”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11.—The ten comparisons (upamāna) represent a quality of the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata. They accepted that dharmas are like an echo (pratiśrutkā). In a narrow valley, a deep gorge or an empty house, when a sound (śabda) or a noise is made, from this sound that is produced another sound arises that is called an echo. The ignorant person thinks that there is somebody who is repeating his words, but the wise person knows that the echo is not due to a third person and that it is solely by a reverberation of the sound (śabdasparśa) that there is a new sound called an echo.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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