Shaiva-siddhanta, Śaiva-siddhānta, Śaivasiddhānta, Shaivasiddhamta: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Śaiva-siddhānta and Śaivasiddhānta can be transliterated into English as Saiva-siddhanta or Shaiva-siddhanta or Saivasiddhanta or Shaivasiddhanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra (shaivism)

Śaivasiddhānta (शैवसिद्धान्त) was the philosophical-theological systematization of Śaiva revelation received through these two streams (bhakti and āgamas), and was indelibly linked to the public institution of the temple.

Śaiva Siddhānta propounds three fundamental categories that correspond to divinity, humanity and the world, namely

  1. pati, Deity, i.e., Śiva (literally, “master”);
  2. paśu, Self (literai1y, “beast”);
  3. pāśa, Bond (literaily, “rope”) – the world of matter, of “flesh”, that enslaves paśu.

This basic triad is further developed along emanationist lines into principles, thirty-six in number, that follow a hierarchical pattern from subtle ta gross. These principles elucidate the nature of Śiva in his modes of being and becoming, and explain the evolution of the self and of the world from Siva and their involution into Śiva at the end of the eon. The same principles also encompass the entire scope of existential and experiential aspects of the self white being in the world.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Śaivasiddhānta (शैवसिद्धान्त).—The system of Śaivasiddhānta, holds the idea that Śiva is capable of taking the souls in to the stage of liberation. This can be proved from the evidence available in Jñānapāda of Mṛgendrāgama.—“Śiva who is devoid of Mala and who is capable of performing all actions, and who knows all the perspectives, is clearing off the Pāśajāla of Anu (souls) which is different from him” (paramokṣanirāsa-prakaraṇa verse 1).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Śaivasiddhānta (शैवसिद्धान्त) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Io. 777.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śaivasiddhāṃta (ಶೈವಸಿದ್ಧಾಂತ):—[noun] a Śaiva school of thought, the philosophy of which is based on the vedas, upanishads, and Śaivāgamas, that see Śiva as the Supreme Reality.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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