Shaktisha, Śaktīśa, Shakti-isha: 3 definitions


Shaktisha 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 Śaktīśa can be transliterated into English as Saktisa or Shaktisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 1

Śaktīśa (शक्तीश) or Śaktīśa refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.200-211.—Accordingly, “Śaktīśa is then to be considered (thought) as having the eyes resembling the lotus, who takes a form as He likes, calm (pleasant) has a, smiling face, who is pressing the ground (earth) with the pair of feet and the two hands in order to manifest, out of sympathy, the fruits of the devotees having a splendour consistent with the yuga, having four faces and four arms, holding the discus and mace in their embodied forms with the hands and marked by the lotus also corporeal”.

These Vibhavas (e.g., Śaktyātman) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in.

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Śaktīśa (शक्तीश) is the name of a Deity whose contemplative methods are described in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Īśvarasaṃhitā (printed edition), a Pāñcarātra work in 8200 verses and 24 chapters dealing with topics such as routines of temple worship, major and minor festivals, temple-building and initiation.—Description of the chapter [mudrā-lakṣaṇa-bhagavaddhyāna-ādi-prakāra]: [...] The remainder of the chapter is devoted to descriptive passages relating to various deities which descriptions may act as guides to facilitate concentration [dhyāna] on these divinities: Ādiśeṣa (195-199), Śaktīśa (200-210), Madhusūdana (211-213), Vidyādhideva (214-215), Kapila (216-218), Viśvarūpa (219-231), Haṃsamūrti (232-237), Vāsudeva (238-243), Vājivaktra (244-256), Kūrma (257-264), Narasiṃha (265-271). A particularly elaborate description is given of Śriyaḥpati (272-333), followed by a shorter description of Nārāyaṇa (334-349).

2) Śaktīśa (शक्तीश) is the name of a Mantra discussed in chapter 28 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—Description of the chapter [yajñamūrtyādi-mantroddhāra]: Bhagavān continues to give instructions regarding the composition, the japa-repetitions and the respective potencies of other mantras: [e.g., śaktīśa-mantra (25-30)] [...] Also with those mantras addressed to Saṃkarṣaṇa, Aniruddha, Pradyumna and the avatāra-forms (169b-194).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śaktīśa (शक्तीश) refers to the “lord of energies” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.28 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin): “[...]  With the threefold Energies, Śiva blesses those who worship Him always as the lord of Energies (śaktīśa). Every individual soul becomes fearless and conquers death by worshipping Him. Hence His designation ‘the conqueror of death’ is famous in all the three worlds. Viṣṇu attains and retains his Viṣṇu-hood by His favour. Similarly Brahmā his Brahma-hood and the gods their godhood. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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