Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 25 [Prayer to dispel the Anavamala], English comparative study extracted from the two available commentaries—the Divyacakorika and the Kramaprakashika. The Cidgagana-candrika is an important Tantric work belonging to the Krama system of Kashmir Shaivism. Written by Kalidasa (Shrivatsa) in 312 Sanskrit verses, it deals with the knowledge regarding both the Macrocosmic and Microcosmic phenomena

Verse 25 [Prayer to dispel the Āṇavamala]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 25:

वेद्यवेद्य(द)कविभेददक्षया मायया क्रमवदङ्गगामिनी ।
या स्थिताम्ब बहिरक्षकाङ्क्षिणी तां जहि त्वमणुतां मयि स्थिताम् ॥ २५ ॥

vedyavedya(da)kavibhedadakṣayā māyayā kramavadaṅgagāminī |
yā sthitāmba bahirakṣakāṅkṣiṇī tāṃ jahi tvamaṇutāṃ mayi sthitām || 25 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Prayer to dispel the Āṇavamala]

The Siddhā then prays to Ambā for dispelling his Āṇavamala (i.e the awareness that he is an atom) that envelopes his body in its three stages of birth, growth and death; That Āṇavamala aided by the illusion in its double capacity as the knower and the known depends on creation as real and that creation takes the form through the external sense perceptions.[1]

Dispelling Āṇavamala

The limitation of Self The limitation brought forth in the all-pervasive Śiva residing in a devotee due to Māyā (illusion) in its dual capacity as the knower and the known is Āṇavamala. This pervades his body in all three phases of time and space and it depends on the creation in the form of external worldly outlook. The grace of Śakti is necessary for removing Āṇavamala[2].

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 54-55; [Cidgaganacandrikā] 25.

yadyapi nityamuktaevāhamapi tathāpi mayīyamalaprayuktā''ṇavamala syoktā nandānubhūtipratibandhakatvāttannirāsamātraṃ tvadadhīnamiticha tvāṃ prārthayāmītyāhū.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 15-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-25.—

śivatattvameva saṃvidrūpamekaṃ vedakam tasyaiva tu anādi bhāvarūpayā māyayā vivartabhūtāni kalpitāni vedyāni, evaṃ vedyavedakayorvastugatyā aikyam.

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