Shivashakti, Śivaśakti, Shiva-shakti: 9 definitions

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Shivashakti 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 Śivaśakti can be transliterated into English as Sivasakti or Shivashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति) refers to Śiva’s own manifestion, and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] O great lord, the lord of the gods and the prescriber of worldly conventions, we know you to be Śiva and Brahman, thanks to your favour. [...] You alone create, sustain and annihilate the universe under your control like a spider (weaving its web). You sport about with Śivaśakti—your own manifestation (i.e., svarūpa)”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति) refers to the “oneness of Śiva and Śakti”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] (Kuṇḍalinī, the energy in the body) whose form is that of a sleeping snake and (which is) shaped (round like) an earring, awakes and moves quickly following the path of the Channel of Brahmā (brahmānāḍī-pathānugā). She moves by the Path of Brahmā (and advances) progressively piercing through the body and, having penetrated into the Supreme Place, that is, the supreme limit (parāntika) at the end of the Transmental, (the adept experiences) the oneness of Śiva and Śakti [i.e., śivaśakti] which is the ‘churning’ that is like wonder. [...]”.

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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»] — Shivashakti in Shaivism glossary
Source: academia.edu: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (Shaivism)

Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति) refers to “Śiva’s śakti”, according to the Pauṣkara-āgama, quoted by Appaya’s South Indian Śaiva contemporary, Śivāgrayogin (16th century), in his Śaivaparibhāṣā.—Śivāgrayogin too holds that neither Śiva nor Śakti can function as the material cause of the world inasmuch as they have the nature of consciousness. Śivāgrayogin also rejects vivartavāda as a possible solution to this problem for the same reasons as Aghora: “Nor is Śiva’s Śakti [i.e., Śivaśakti] itself the material cause here because it has the nature of consciousness; it is well known that [only] what is insentient transforms. If one objects: ‘Let there be the apparent transformation of what is sentient, so that Śiva’s śakti itself apparently transforms into these various forms,’ [we say:] no. If this were the case, it would undesirably follow that all products are illusory. And this is not desirable for it is impossible that the world be so [i.e. illusory], it being established [to be real] through all instruments of knowledge”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति) refers to “Śiva and Śakti”, according to the 13th-century Matsyendrasaṃhitā: a Kubjikā-Tripurā oriented Tantric Yoga text of the Ṣaḍanvayaśāmbhava tradition from South India.—Accordingly, “[...] When [the Yogin] wants to enjoy a woman, O Goddess, visualising himself as Śiva [and her as] Śakti (śivaśaktiśivaśaktyātmabhāvayā), he should always have sex with a Yoginī or with a Māyā [type of woman], and never with a Pāśavī [i.e. a paśu-natured woman, or more precisely someone who has not been initiated]”.

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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»] — Shivashakti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति).—m. a proper name, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 5, 131.

Śivaśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and śakti (शक्ति).

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

1) Śivaśakti (शिवशक्ति):—[=śiva-śakti] [from śiva] f. ([dual number]) Ś° and his female energy, [Catalogue(s)]

2) [v.s. ...] (sg.) attachment or devotion to Ś°, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

[Sanskrit to German]

Shivashakti 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivashakti in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śivaśakti (ಶಿವಶಕ್ತಿ):—

1) [noun] Pārvati, as the female primordial energy of the universe.

2) [noun] the divine power.

3) [noun] the plant Gloriosa superba of Liliaceae family; tigeṛs claw.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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