Vatulatantra, Vātulatantra, Vatula-tantra: 3 definitions


Vatulatantra 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Vātulatantra (वातुलतन्त्र) is the name of an Āgama or Tantra mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra  verse 1.5-7.—“At a previous time, when Pārvatī asked him, Śaṅkara told of the attainments of vidyā in the wide worldly life, in various ways. I observed each teaching taught also by the troops of Gods, Siddhas (those who have attained supernatural power), Munis (saints), Deśikas (spiritual teachers), and Sādhakas (tantric practicioners). They are [, for example]: Vātulatantra... I shall carefully extract all the above-mentioned āgamas, which are transmitted from mouth to mouth, like butter extracted from coagulated milk”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: A History of Indian Philosophy

The Vātula-tantra seems to have two editions (in manuscript), and in one of them the ṣaṭ-sthala doctrine is mentioned in the form of an appendix, which shows that this introduction was of the nature of an apocrypha. The Śaivāgamas begin with Kāmika and end with Vātula. Vātula-tantra is the best. Its second part, called Pradīpa, contains the Śiva-siddhānta-tantra.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vātulatantra (वातुलतन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—sometimes spelled vāthula Taylor. 1, 471. Oppert. 7226. Ii, 6602. Quoted by Hemādri (Vātula, Vātulaśāstra, Vātulāgama), by Gaurīkānta Oxf. 109^a (Vātulottaratantra ibid.). See Ādivātulatantra. Vātulatantre Śivajñānabodha. Mysore. 3.
—Śuddhākhyasahasrasaṃhitā. Mysore. 3. See Vātulaśuddhāgama.

Vātulatantra can also be spelled as Vātūlatantra (वातूलतन्त्र).

2) Vātūlatantra (वातूलतन्त्र):—Gov. Or. Libr. Madras 83.

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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. 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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