Vishnushakti, Viṣṇuśakti, Vishnu-shakti, Vishnu-Shakti: 6 definitions



Vishnushakti 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.

The Sanskrit term Viṣṇuśakti can be transliterated into English as Visnusakti or Vishnushakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Viṣṇuśakti (विष्णुशक्ति) refers to the “faultless energy of Viṣṇu”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] She who offers Śaṃkara a boon, the faultless energy of Viṣṇu [i.e., viṣṇuśakti], worshipped by (this) hymn, spoke (the following) words free of fear. The mistress of the sacred seats said: ‘O Rudra, born from nectar! Fire born from the Middle Country! Vyāsa! Śaṃkara! Śrīkaṇṭha! Why do you contemplate me? Why am I praised (in this way)? Tell me the cause (of this) as it really is!’”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Viṣṇuśakti (विष्णुशक्ति).—Three-fold; ability to perceive the absolute truth, ability to perceive the nature of the embodied soul and thirdly inability to know one's nature; the technical terms used are parā, kṣetrajñā or aparā and avidyā karmasaṃjñā.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 7. 60-1.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Krishna Science: Gaudiya Kantahara

Viṣṇuśakti (विष्णुशक्ति), ‘the energy of Kṛṣṇa’ is threefold:

  1. parāśakti, or the Lord’s superior, spiritual energy;
  2. kṣetrajñaśakti, or the marginal living beings;
  3. and avidyaśakti, or the illusory energy, which is characterized by karma, the world of action and reaction.

In other words, the potency of Lord Viṣṇu is summarized in three categories namely, the spiritual potency, the living entities and ignorance. The spiritual potency is full of knowledge; the living entities, although belong to the spiritual potency, are subject to bewilderment; and the third energy, which is full of ignorance, is always visible in fruitive activities. (Viṣṇu-purāṇa 6.7.61)

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vishnushakti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣṇuśakti (विष्णुशक्ति).—Lakṣmī

Derivable forms: viṣṇuśaktiḥ (विष्णुशक्तिः).

Viṣṇuśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viṣṇu and śakti (शक्ति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Viṣṇuśakti (विष्णुशक्ति):—[=viṣṇu-śakti] [from viṣṇu] f. ‘V°’s energy’, Lakṣmī, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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