Shivatattva, aka: Shiva-tattva, Śivatattva; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śivatattva can be transliterated into English as Sivatattva or Shivatattva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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1) Śivatattva (शिवतत्त्व):—First of the five successive phases that occur during the unity of Śiva and Śakti (subject and object). Their unity is initiated upon the cosmic process of creation.

2) Śivatattva (शिवतत्त्व, “pure consciousness”):—One of the Thirty-six Tattvas, according to Śaiva doctrine. This is the first or thirty-sixth tattva (when counting in reverse). These primary principles (tattva) represent the different manifestations of Brahman (universal consciousness) which together form the basis of our experiences. The Śiva-tattva forms part of the group of five Śuddha-tattvas, which together constitue the realm of Śuddha-māyā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Śivatattva (शिवतत्त्व) represents Śiva’s niṣkala form. It is identical with him. Śiva is eternal (nitya) higher than the highest (parātpara), omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, pure, uncomparable (anaupamya), the cause of the cause (kāraṇa-kāraṇa).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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According to the Vatula-tantra, Śiva-tattva is of three kinds:

  1. niṣkala,
  2. sakala and
  3. niṣkala-sakala.
Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

Shiva-Tattva: As the Universe is the creation of God's Own Mind (the Supreme Intelligence), the first Reality or Tattva naturally is God (Shiva) Himself. This level of Reality consists of Pure, Infinite Consciousness.

Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

The Benevolent One/Pure Consciousness (Śiva): unlimited absolute consciousness. ”I am” (aham). The formless ground of Reality. Also: the light of manifestation (prakāśa), or consciousness (cit-prakāśa).

Source: Nadalila: 36 Tattva

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