Shivamaya, Śivamaya, Shiva-maya, Śivamāyā: 6 definitions

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Shivamaya 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 Śivamaya and Śivamāyā can be transliterated into English as Sivamaya or Shivamaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shivamaya in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Śivamāyā (शिवमाया) refers to “Śiva’s illusion”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.2.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] O excellent sage, once the three sisters (i.e., Menā, Dhanyā, Kalāvatī) went to Śvetadvīpa (white island) in the world of Viṣṇu for sightseeing purpose. [...] Helpless by misfortune and deluded by lord Śiva’s illusion (i.e., śivamāyā) O sage, the three sisters did not stand up. Śiva’s illusion is weighty and capable of deluding the worlds. The entire universe is subservient to it. It is also called Śiva’s Will. The same is also called an action that has begun to fructify. Its names are many. Everything takes place on Śiva’s wish. There is nothing to be pondered over in this respect”.

2) Śivamaya (शिवमय) refers to “that which consists of Śiva”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.48 (“Description of Marriage of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Nārada said to Himavat (Himācala): “[...] Śiva is identical with Nāda (nādamaya). And Nāda is identical with Śiva. There is no difference between the two—Nāda and Śiva. O lord of mountains, Nāda being prior to Śiva in His sportive, attributive form, Nāda is the most excellent of all. Hence, O Himācala, mentally urged by Śiva, the lord of all, I played upon my lute”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shivamaya in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Śivamaya (शिवमय) refers to “that which is full of Śiva”, according to the Śivayogadīpikā by Sadāśivayogīśvara: a text dealing with Śaivism and Haṭhayoga in two hundred and eighty-nine verses.—Accordingly, while discussing the difference between Rājayoga and Śaivayoga: “[...] Devotion is gnosis full of Śiva, and Śaiva gnosis is Śiva’s nature. Since Śaiva observance is worship of Śiva, Śiva's yoga is fivefold. He who is without the practice [of worshipping] Śiva is certainly a bound soul, and he goes round and round forever in this cycle of birth and death”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shivamaya in Shaivism glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Shaivism)

Śivamaya (शिवमय) refers to “being full of Śiva”, according to the Svacchandatantra (verse 4.313).—Accordingly, “Wherever the mind goes, one should meditate on that as the object of gnosis. Having moved, where will it go, because everything is full of Śiva (śivamaya)?”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivamaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śivamaya (शिवमय).—[feminine] ī thoroughly devoted to Śiva.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Śivamaya (शिवमय):—[=śiva-maya] [from śiva] mf(ī or ā)n. full of prosperity, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] entirely devoted to Ś°, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

[Sanskrit to German]

Shivamaya in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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