Vyapini, Vyāpinī: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

1) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी):—One of the sixteen yoginīs representing the sixteen petals of the Dūtīcakra. The sixteen petals comprise the outer furnishment, whereupon the abode of the Dūtīs is situated. The Dūtīs refer to the eighty-one “female messengers/deties” of the Dūtīcakra.

2) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी):—Fifth of the nine padas, or ‘fields of authority or qualification’ representing one of the nine groups of Dūtīs in the Dūtīchakra, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra. The fifth group of Dūtīs is presided over by the Bhairava named Hāṭakeśvara.

3) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी, “Pervading”):—Fifth of the eight Mātṛs born from the body of Sukṛtālayā, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra. These eight sub-manifestations (mātṛ) are associated with the (element) water. Vyāpinī represents a specific quality of water. They are presided over by the Bhairava Kapālīśa and his consort named Cāmuṇḍā. Sukṛtālayā is the Last of the Eight Mahāmātṛs, residing within the Mātṛcakra (third of the five cakras) and represents water.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी) refers to “she who is pervasive” and is used to describe the Goddess Śivā (Umā/Durgā), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogised Goddess Śivā who was residing in the womb of Menā:—“O Goddess, be victorious, O intelligent one, O mother of the universe, O great Goddess, O you of true rites, prone to truth, true in three things, O truth-formed. O you stationed in truth, we have sought refuge in you. O you delighted with truth, Origin of truth, Truth of Truth, of truthful sight. O beloved of Śiva, great goddess, O destroyer of the miseries of gods, you are the mother of the three worlds, consort of Śiva, pervasive [i.e., vyāpinī] and favourably disposed to your devotees. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी).—A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 35. 99; 44. 62.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी, “pervasive”) refers to one of the three bolts of the Santānabhuvana triangle, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—The Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā identifies this triangle with the whole of the Western Tradition, as the House of the Moon. [...]. The one described in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā has a few more compared to the one described in the Kumārikākhaṇḍa, namely, the doorkeepers, Bhairavas, doors, and bolts [i.e., Vyāpinī].

2) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी) refers to the “pervasive one”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Consciousness is said to be (of three kinds) gross, very subtle and Unstruck Sound. [...] The End of Sound is the ‘crooked measure’, (while) Śakti who bears (the shape of) a hook is another. After that comes the coiled Pervasive One (vyāpinī) who transports the Equal One (that has the shape of a) swastika [svastika]. [...]”.

3) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी) refers to the “pervasive”, representing one of the “sixteen stations of the ascent of kuṇḍalinī”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “[...] (13) Above that is the one called the Pervasive (vyāpinī) who rains down supreme nectar. One should contemplate (that) supreme bliss as the state of the (unity of) the pervader of (the universe) and that which is the pervaded. Mounted on radiant energy (tejas), its radiance is like that of a hundred suns. [...]”.

4) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी) or Vyāpinīmantra refers to one of the Mantras associated with Pūrṇagiri, two of the eight Sacred Seats (pīṭha), according to the Yogakhaṇḍa (chapter 14) of the Manthānabhairavatantra.

5) Vyāpinī (व्यापिनी) or “the Pervasive One” is associated with Saṃvartaka: one of the nine Bhairava associated with the nine energies of Navātman, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—[Note: this passage is drawn from the Gurukramasūtra]—Another way in which the nine energies of Navātman may be understood are as nine aspects of the Command that generates the Bhairavas corresponding to its nine letters.  [...] In this case Navātman is SHKṢMLVRYŪ(Ṃ): [...] Saṃvartaka (KṢa) by the Pervasive One (vyāpinī). [...] (This) is the excellent teacher within the tradition. He who knows the teacher here is the delight of Kula.

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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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