Vacamatra, Vācāmātra: 2 definitions


Vacamatra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vachamatra.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Vācāmātra (वाचामात्र) refers to the “power to kill by speech alone”.—[...] Vācāsiddhi can also be understood to be, as its name implies, the power to accomplish anything one says. [...] This is also what the Accomplishment of Speech [i.e., vācāsiddhi] appears to be in a passage in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā where it is listed amongst several other accomplishments. This supposition is supported by the contiguity of the following three accomplishments, which appear to be extensions of this one. These three accomplishments, political, shamanic and magical, are: royal power (māhendrya), the power to assume any form at will, and black magic (indrajāla-pravartana), respectively. An example of the last is the power to kill by speech alone (vācāmātravācāmātreṇa) the adept is said to acquire by the magical rite (prayoga) of the goddess Caṇḍālī.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vācāmātra (वाचामात्र).—[neuter] = vāṅmātra.*

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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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