Vacasiddhi, Vācāsiddhi, Vaca-siddhi: 3 definitions


Vacasiddhi means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Vachasiddhi.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Vācāsiddhi (वाचासिद्धि) refers to the “accomplishment of speech”.—The highest attainment is that of the Command itself (ājñāsiddhi). This is also called the Accomplishment of Speech (vācāsiddhi). The Command is the absence of bondage. This condition is transmitted from “mouth to mouth” along the chain of the transmission within the Kula (kulakrama) (i.e. the spiritual lineage) and so the Command is the Accomplishment of Speech, which has the power to transmit not just the teachings but also liberation itself.

According to the Kubjikāmatatantra, the Accomplishment of Speech (vācāsiddhi) is the highest of a series of sixteen states (avasthā) experienced by those who practice Yoga (yogābhipanna). According to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, it is a special and specific accomplishment attained by practicing the Vidyā of the seven Yoginīs. The Kumārikākhaṇḍa promises that the regular recitation of the Mālinīstava and the contemplation of its seed-syllables will bring about a “divine penetration” (divyāveśa) and with it, the grace of the Accomplishment of Speech (i.e., vācāsiddhi).

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vacasiddhi in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Vācāsiddhi (वाचासिद्धि) refers to the “Siddhi of speech”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] [Now], I shall define the nature of that highest, mind-free absorption which arises for those devoted to constant practice. [...] By means of an absorption for nine nights, [the Yogin] who abides in his own undivided self has the Siddhi of speech (vācāsiddhi), which can effect a favour or curse. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (Tibetan Buddhism)

Vācāsiddhi (वाचासिद्धि) refers to the “Siddhi of speech”, according to verse 14.24bd-27 of the Laghuśaṃvara, an ancient Buddhist Yoginī Tantra.—Accordingly, [while describing the Siddhi of speech]: “The Sādhaka [who has] the Siddhi of speech (vācāsiddhi) can certainly attract a king or queen by [merely] thinking [it]. He quickly controls gods, demons and men. When angry, he can kill with his speech and drive away his adversary. The practitioner can thus effect a curse with his speech. And he can stop a river, a cart, a machine [like a water-wheel,] the ocean, elephants and horses, clouds, a man or bird merely by means of his speech. He achieves everything which he desires by his speech”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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