Shaktinipata, Śaktinipāta, Shakti-nipata: 2 definitions


Shaktinipata 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 Śaktinipāta can be transliterated into English as Saktinipata or Shaktinipata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Śaktinipāta (शक्तिनिपात) (or Śaktipāta) refers to the “descent of energy”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] Having split apart the Meruliṅga and come forth, she moves mountains. She came forth within the heart, her radiant energy extremely intense and very hard to bear. Bhairava was pierced then by an intense descent of the energy (of grace) [i.e., tīvra-śaktinipāta][(śaktipāta?)]. Penetrated by (that) divine energy, the god rolled around on the ground. In this way, when he regained consciousness, Bhairava felt embarrassed. Similarly, when the goddess with a crooked face regained consciousness, she too was embarrassed”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shaktinipata in Shaivism glossary
Source: Himalayan Academy: Dancing with Siva

Śaktinipāta (शक्तिनिपात) (or Śaktipāta) refers to “descent of grace”, occurring during the advanced stage of the soul’s evolution called arul, at the end of the sakala avasthā. Śaktinipāta is twofold: the internal descent is recognized as a tremendous yearning for Śiva; the outer descent of grace is the appearance of a satguru. At this stage, the devotee increasingly wants to devote himself to all that is spiritual and holy. Same as śaktipāta. See: arul, grace, sakala avasthā, śaktipāta.

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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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