Shivatattvarahasya, Śivatattvarahasya, Shivatattva-rahasya: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śivatattvarahasya can be transliterated into English as Sivatattvarahasya or Shivatattvarahasya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Hindu Pluralism

Śivatattvarahasya (शिवतत्त्वरहस्य) (“the secret of the principle of Śiva”) by Nīlakaṇṭha Dīkṣita is a discursive commentary on the popular Śaiva hymn the Śivāṣṭottarasahasranāmastotra (The thousand and eight names of Śiva). That Nīlakaṇṭha viewed Śrīvidyā and Saiddhāntika orthodoxy as intertwined is made explicit in the Śivatattvarahasya as well. For instance, on one occasion he maintains that a form of Śiva prevalent in Śrīvidyā, Kāmeśvara, is in fact a “highly esoteric” (atirahasya) manifestation of the Saiddhāntika Maheśvara—an ontologically subordinate, qualified (saguṇa) form of Śiva—whose visualization can only be learned directly from the mouth of one’s initiatory preceptor.

Source: Springer: Remaking South Indian Śaivism

Śivatattvarahasya ( शिवतत्त्वरहस्य ).—Ostensibly a commentary on the Śivāṣṭottarasahasranāmastotra (Thousand and Eight Names of Śiva), the Śivatattvarahasya begins with a lengthy diatribe against Nīlakaṇṭha’s Vaiṣṇava rivals who have attempted to discredit Śaiva Purāṇas as scripturally invalid on account of numerous corruptions, which suggest an unstable textual transmission.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivatattvarahasya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Śivatattvarahasya (शिवतत्त्वरहस्य) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—stotra, by Nīlakaṇṭha Dīkṣita. Oppert. 6610. Ii, 10001.

2) Śivatattvarahasya (शिवतत्त्वरहस्य):—a C. on Śivanāmāṣṭottaraśatastotra by Nīlakaṇṭha Dīkṣita.

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

Śivatattvarahasya (शिवतत्त्वरहस्य):—[=śiva-tattva-rahasya] [from śiva-tattva > śiva] n. Name of [work]

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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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