Shambhava Upaya, Śāmbhava Upāya, Sambhavopaya, Śāmbhavopāya: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Kashmir Saivism

Sambhavopaya = Śāmbhava Upāya. (the means or path of Sambhava or SamAvesa = Immersion of individual soul in Siva Consciousness). Sambhava = State of coming together. SamAvesa = Identical guise; Dress alike; Look alike; becoming non-different. One has to resort to Sambhu or Prakasa as the means. Here there is sudden flash of Siva Consciousness without the intermediation of any thoughts and dawn of realization that one's inner essential self is Siva. It centers on removal of Vikalpa or difference between two entities and admission into a thoughtless state in a continuous stream. The thoughts are gone; the gap between thoughts is now a continuous stream. It is by Will (Ichcha Sakti) that the yogi can bring the thoughtless state and preserve it as long as he wants. This is best of the three Upayas or means. The object of thoughtlessness is attaining Sivahood. How could a limited consciousness of an individual attain the universal Consciousness of Siva? The Guru or the master is the stand-in for Siva. It is by Anugraha (Grace) of Siva that the Yogi is able to go past the door of the universal Consciousness. When the aspirant enters Transcendental Consciousness, he finds that the 'I' (Aham) of Siva is the origin of letters (a to h), syllables, words, phrases, sentences and the universe. Aspirant's consciousness is the mirror that reflects the whole universe. Yogi's light exceeds the body light that serves only the firefly, the light of the jewels that illumines the proximate objects, the starlight that shines further, and the moonlight that shines still farther, and is like the sunlight that illumines the whole universe. The master shines for the Yogi who dissolves in Guru's consciousness and thus disappears in the master. This absorption into Siva Consciousness can happen with or without Guru's awakening.

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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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