Sukshmadhyana, Sūkṣmadhyāna, Sukshma-dhyana: 1 definition


Sukshmadhyana 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 Sūkṣmadhyāna can be transliterated into English as Suksmadhyana or Sukshmadhyana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: The Śaiva Yogas and Their Relation to Other Systems of Yoga

Sūkṣmadhyāna (सूक्ष्मध्यान) refers to a “visualization of the subtle (or imperceptible)” according to the seventh chapter of the Netratantra (700–850).—Ṣaḍaṅgayoga presupposes a developed subtle body that is also used during ritual initiation. The seventh chapter of the Netratantra (700–850), for example, teaches a detailed “visualization of the subtle (or imperceptible)” (sūkṣmadhyāna) describing a complex yogic or subtle body that is itself a homologisation of eight pre-existing catalogues:

  1. six “wheels” (cakra),
  2. sixteen “supports” (ādhāra),
  3. three “targets” (lakṣya),
  4. five “voids” (śūnya),
  5. twelve “knots” (granthi),
  6. three powers (śakti),
  7. three “lights” (dhāman),
  8. three principal “channels” (nāḍi).


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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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