Shvetavastra, Śvetavastra, Shveta-vastra: 1 definition


Shvetavastra 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 Śvetavastra can be transliterated into English as Svetavastra or Shvetavastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Śvetavastra (श्वेतवस्त्र) refers to “white clothes”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “The teacher (ācārya) in the western house is one who belongs to the sequence of the line (of teachers). (He is) a yogi who, intent on Yoga, observes the Rule. Free of duality and thought constructs, he is intent on the practice of ritual union. He eats what he has begged and, free of aversion, he is pure and intent on the practice of chastity. Established in Bhairavī’s vow, he is born from the womb of a Yoginī. He wears an antelope’s hide and white clothes [i.e., ajīna-śvetavastra]. [...]”.

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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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