Shadashrama, Shash-ashrama, Ṣaḍāśrama: 1 definition


Shadashrama 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.

The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍāśrama can be transliterated into English as Sadasrama or Shadashrama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: HAL: The function of the Vṛṣasārasaṃgraha in the Śivadharma corpus

Ṣaḍāśrama (षडाश्रम) refers to the Six Āśramas (“classification of six traditional ways of life”), according to various sources. The editor of the Trivandrum edition of the Pāśupatasūtra gives the following list in explanation of the phrase ‘Six Āśramas’ (ṣaḍāśrama). This interpretation is probably based on Kauṇḍinya ad Pāśupatasūtra 1.6 and 4.18 (“the paths of the householder, the chaste student, the forest-dweller, the mendicant, and the heretic are wrong paths”). Another obscure mention of Six Āśramas appears at Jayadrathayāmala 1.45.213ab (fol. 194r):—“He who is established within the Six Āśramas is the [true] Guru in the Bhairava Tradition”. Furthermore, the Nityāhnikatilaka (NGMPP 3384, A 41/11, fols 2r–3r), a post-tenth-century text of the Kubjikā tradition, teaches Six Āśramas mostly intended for Yogins.

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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.

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