Shaktinimitta, Śaktinimitta, Shakti-nimitta: 1 definition


Shaktinimitta 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 Śaktinimitta can be transliterated into English as Saktinimitta or Shaktinimitta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Prakrti and purusa in Samkhyakarika an analytical review

Śaktinimitta (शक्तिनिमित्त, “caused by potency”) refers to a type of saṃyoga (lit. ‘contact’), a relation between prakṛti and puruṣa.—The contact produced by the inherent power or potency (śakti) of one entity between two relata is called śaktinimitta-saṃyoga. For example the contact produced between an eye and the colour (rūpa) of an object is called śaktinimitta-saṃyoga.

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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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