Turiyasthana, Turīyasthāna, Turiya-sthana: 1 definition


Turiyasthana 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Turīyasthāna (तुरीयस्थान) refers to the “fourth state of ultra-consciousness”, according to 10th-century polymath Vācaspati Miśra commenting on the Yogasūtra.—Vācaspati, clearly influenced by the Tantric approach to Yoga, directs that the adept should imagine a lotus with eight petals between the abdomen and the heart. This lotus is first turned upwards by means of the breath. In the calyx are the three letters A, U and Ma, one above the other, corresponding to the spheres of the Sun, Moon and Fire and the states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep, respectively. Then, “[...] Above that is the higher space, the Sound of Brahman itself, the fourth state of ultra-consciousness [i.e., turīyasthāna], which the knowers of Brahman call the half-measure (the ardhamātra)”.

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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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