Vitaragakatha, Vītarāgakathā, Vitaraga-katha: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Vītarāgakathā (वीतरागकथा) refers to a “discourse of (people) who are free of bias”, according to Svacchandatantroddyota, vol. VI, 98 (alluding to Nyāyasūtra 1.2.1).—Accordingly, “Debate (vāda), which comprehends both the thesis and the antithesis, [and] which is a discourse of [people] who are free of bias (vītarāgakathā-rūpa) [...]”.

Note: On vāda as a vītarāgakathā see also e.g. Nyāyamañjarī, vol. I, 18 or Nyāyabhūṣaṇa, 328; cf. Tantrālokaviveka on Tantrāloka 13.126, vol. VIII, 90. So as far as I understand the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī passage, Abhinavagupta simply means here that by raising himself (svayam) this objection to his own thesis, Utpaladeva is showing to his opponent that he is an unbiased interlocutor.

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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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