Tattvatraya, Tattva-traya: 2 definitions


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Tattvatraya (तत्त्वत्रय) [=tritattva?] refers to the “three kinds of tattvas”, 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 21.9cd-14]—“[But if mantras were aṇu [they] would be embodied forms of separation. The essential selves are known as impure [and are] by no means powerful. Whose impurity does the impure remove? Aṇu mantras [and] devalas are not perfected, O Parameśvara. Without existence, the three kinds of Tattvas (tattvatrayatattvatrayaṃ vināstitvaṃ) are kept from a multitude of objects. There, union is declared to be the desire for another living being’s welfare.[...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tattvatraya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Tattvatraya (तत्त्वत्रय) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—bhakti (these tattva are pati paśu pāśa). Paris. (D 235 Ii). Oudh. Iv, 17.
—laghu (māyā brahman jīva). Oudh. V, 22.
—by Nārāyaṇa Muni. Oudh. Viii, 28.
—by Lokācārya. Oudh. Xvii, 78.
—by Varada Deśika. Rice. 144.

2) Tattvatraya (तत्त्वत्रय):—read Paris. (D 253 Ii).

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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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