Shatkosha, Ṣaṭkośa, Ṣaṭkoṣa, Shash-kosha: 2 definitions
Shatkosha 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 terms Ṣaṭkośa and Ṣaṭkoṣa can be transliterated into English as Satkosa or Shatkosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
Ṣaṭkośa (षट्कोश, “six sheets”):—The six sheats of the gross physical body (piṇḍa), according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra:
- the skin (tvac),
- the blood (rakta),
- the flesh (māṃsa),
- the fat (medas),
- the bones (asthi)
- and the marrow (majjā).
The first three of these are considered to be ‘impure’ (aśubha) and inherited from the mother. The other three are considered to be ‘pure’ (śubha) and inherited from the father. These six sheats (collectively known as śubhāśubha) together with the semen (quated with the ātman) make up the seven dhātus (saptadhātu).
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Ṣaṭkośa (षट्कोश) refers to the “six sheaths” (i.e., Ṣaṭcakra), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—The Six Wheels (ṣaṭcakra) are the six parts. The inner body of all living beings is modeled on that of the deity. Consisting of the Six Wheels, it is the Body of Thunder (vajrapiṇḍa) or the Self of Thunder (vajrātman) and is said to be the “Kula with six parts” of all embodied beings. Also called the six sheaths (kośa), these six are “the great ocean of the six parts” (ṣaṭprakāra-mahārṇava). The Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya calls them collectively (the reality with) six parts (ṣaṭprakāra) and lists where they are located in the body.
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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