Tadgrahamantra, Tadgraha-mantra: 1 definition


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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Tadgrahamantra (तद्ग्रहमन्त्र) is the name of a mantra, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—The three, Śāmbhava, Śākta and Āṇava, are the three aspects or parts of the mantra Tadgraha. The section of the Kubjikāmatatantra where this mantra is explained is drawn from the Tantrasadbhāva, a Trika Tantra. It is an example, therefore, of the application of this tripartite division in the original Trika sources adopted by the Kubjikā tradition. This mantra is considered to be so important that the texts refer to it as the ‘Root’. It called the ‘Triple Thorn’ (trikaṇṭaka) because it is divided into three parts. It consists of fifty groups of three syllables each, thus making one hundred and fifty syllables in all. [...]

To experience the dynamism of Tadgraha is to know the whole of the one triadic reality. Thus, according to one sequence of signs of attainment presented in connection with the recitation of Tadgraha, the final and highest sign of attainment is said to be ‘understanding’ (gama/anugama) which the commentary explains is: ‘the perfect understanding that is the knowledge of (the three levels) Āṇava, Śākta, and Śāmbhava’.

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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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