Svadhishthana, aka: Svādhiṣṭhāna, Sva-adhishthana; 6 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Svādhiṣṭhāna can be transliterated into English as Svadhisthana or Svadhishthana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
The Svādhiṣṭhāna is considered as consisting of six seats (svādhiṣṭhānaṃ ṣaḍāśrayam), according to Tantric sources, such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra.
These six seats are named:
- Randhra (‘opening’) ,
- Kāma (‘love’, ‘desire’),
- Vahni or Śikhi (‘fire’),
- Gola (‘ball’),
- Dhvaja (‘banner’),
- and Kanda (‘bulb’).
A seventh seat is called which is the abode of Brahmā.
- Piṇḍa or Tattva (‘principle, ‘essence’’)
These seven are identified with the seven worlds which are Bhūr, Bhuvar, Svar, Mahar, Jana, Tapo and Satyaloka. Together they form the Brahmāṇḍa or Cosmig Egg.
The central part is associated with the supreme, as well as with the individual principle of life. It is the seat of Navatattveśvara who represents Śiva in his manifestation of the Navātman. He is Īśvara, who in the form of the ātman is associated with semen. He is Īśāna who is called the haṃsa, being the combination of ha = Śiva and sa = Śakti, and who is localized in the Brahmagranthi (central point of the Svādhiṣṭhāna).Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
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.
Yoga (school of philosophy)
The Svādhiṣṭhāna (स्वाधिष्ठान) centre is in the region of the genitals—see e.g. Gorakṣaśataka 22. Here Śiva is describing Kuṇḍalinī’s ascent through the six centres that are the basis of a system of subtle physiology found in some haṭhayogic texts (e.g. Gorakṣaśataka 15-16, Śivasaṃhitā 5.56-119—a seventh centre, the sahasrāra, is added in these texts) and which has become today the most widely accepted model of the subtle body.Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
Svā = Self; Adhishthāna = seat, residence. The Svādhishthāna Chakra lies about three centimetres above the Mūlādhāra Chakra between the coccyx and the sacrum. It marks the second stage of human evolvement. In earlier periods of evolvement the seat of the Kundalinī Shakti was located in this Chakra, but in Kali Yuga , our present age, spiritual energy has sunk down into the Mūlādhāra Chakra – into unconsciousness - because of the rampant materialism and egoistic behaviour of humans.
The colour of the Svādhishthāna Chakra is ORANGE, the colour of fire. This colour symbolises purification, activity, joy, hope and self-confidence, and shows that the energy of the Svādhishthāna Chakra has become active. Orange is also the colour of sunrise and is an indication of the strength that blossoms from this Chakra once it has been mastered – cheerfulness, faith, self-confidence and vigour. It is also the colour of autumn and sunset, when nature withdraws and consciousness turns inwards. When we look within and concentrate on the Svādhishthāna Chakra we are able to find the answers to many questions related to our destiny.Source: Chakras: Hinduism
Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).
General definition (in Hinduism)
Swadhisthana or “one’s own abode” is the second primary chakra according to Hindu Tantrism. Swadhisthana is described as a black lotus, with six vermillion-colored petals which have the following syllables written on them in the colour of lightning:
- petal 1, बं baṃ (represents the vṛtti for affection),
- petal 2, भं bhaṃ (represents the vṛtti for pitilessness),
- petal 3, मं maṃ (represents the vṛtti for feeling of all-destructiveness),
- petal 4, यं yaṃ (represents the vṛtti for delusion),
- petal 5, रं raṃ (represents the vṛtti for disdain),
- petal 6, लं laṃ (represents the vṛtti for suspicion).
Inside this lotus is a white crescent moon, formed by two different sized inner circles, one inside the other. The crescent moon is the water region presided over by Varuna, who is white in color, four-armed, holds a noose and is seated on a crocodile. The two inner circles also have petals; the larger one eight outward facing petals, and the smaller one eight inward facing petals. The seed mantra, located in the innermost circle, is a moon-white वं vaṃ. Within the bindu, or dot, above the mantra is the deity Vishnu. He is dark blue, wears a yellow dhoti, and holds a conch, a mace, a wheel and a lotus.
The Swadhisthana chakra is located near the coccyx (tailbone), two finger-widths above the Muladhara chakra. Its corresponding point in the front of the body (i.e. its kṣetra) is the pubic bone.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
svādhiṣṭhāna (स्वाधिष्ठान).—n S The anus.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Svādhiṣṭhāna (स्वाधिष्ठान).—one of the six Chakras or mystical circles of the body.
Derivable forms: svādhiṣṭhānam (स्वाधिष्ठानम्).
Svādhiṣṭhāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and adhiṣṭhāna (अधिष्ठान).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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