Svashakti, Svaśakti: 5 definitions


Svashakti 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 Svaśakti can be transliterated into English as Svasakti or Svashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Svaśakti (स्वशक्ति) refers to “one’s own energy”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “[...] The Great Seat originated, O mistress of the heroes [i.e., vīranāyikā], where the Flower originated from that union of us two. It is the middle (seat) and is located in the centre, O dear one, and accompanied by its own energy [i.e., svaśakti-sahita], is called the ‘Flower’ by name. O supreme mistress, it is said to be the pervasive lord of the sacred seat who, in the aforementioned Primordial Seat, bears (his) own name. O Rudrā, O supreme Goddess, one should know that he is endowed with his own power”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Svashakti in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Svaśakti (स्वशक्ति) refers to “one’s own Śakti”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 22.5-10ab]—“Listen! I will speak to the question that remains in your heart. All the innumerable Mantras, on all occasions, have the majesty of Śiva and Śakti, all are endowed with Śakti, all grant rewards and liberation, and [all] are nourished by one’s own Śakti (svaśakti-bala-bṛṃhita). However, the highest Deva is tranquil, in possession of imperceptible guṇas, [namely] Śiva who consists of all, who is pure, and who is to be understood as unsurpassed. [...]

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Svashakti in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Svaśakti (स्वशक्ति) refers to “one’s own spear”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.8 (“The battle between the gods and Asuras”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In a trice, Viṣṇu got up and in rage seized his discus that was blazing with flames and he roared like a lion. Viṣṇu hit the king of Asuras with it. Overwhelmed by the forceful hit he fell on the ground. Getting up again, the foremost among Asuras and their leader, Tāraka using all his strength immediately split the discus with his spear (svaśakti). [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Svashakti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Svaśakti (स्वशक्ति).—[feminine] one’s own might or power.

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

1) Svaśakti (स्वशक्ति):—[=sva-śakti] [from sva] a f. own power or strength, [Manu-smṛti ix, 298]

2) [v.s. ...] own energy (of a god), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [=sva-śakti] b etc. See p. 1277, col. 1.

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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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