Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 27 [Kali realised as one in all dual creations], 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 27 [Kāli realised as one in all dual creations]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 27:

चिन्मयीकृतमतोऽक्षदृश्यया गुह्ययाऽम्ब विपरीतचर्यया ।
लभ्यते समरसीकृताखिलद्वैतवृत्ति तव घस्मरं वपुः ॥ २७ ॥

cinmayīkṛtamato'kṣadṛśyayā guhyayā'mba viparītacaryayā |
labhyate samarasīkṛtākhiladvaitavṛtti tava ghasmaraṃ vapuḥ || 27 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Kāli realised as one in all dual creations]

Addressing Goddess Ambā the Siddhā then says that the sādhaka through his secret and peculiar introspection becomes aware that all that is acquired or seen are nothing but her Self. He through his external senses, sees oneness in all dual creations. He knows everything in the world as her body nādamaya or śabdamaya.[1]

Śakti is all in all

Śakti’s Śabdamaya Śarīra is attained when Jñāni sees nothing but oneness of Śakti in all dual creations.[2] The Sādhaka, by following the path of (Vāma-mārga) unnatural and secret Sādhanā, has the vision of her pervasive power, as her Śabdamaya Śarīra in and through all duality in creation in the form of knower and known. All the worldly activities get consumed into herself in his vision.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 57-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 27.—

ārabdhādikarmatrayanāmakamalatrayavilāpe tvatsvarūpasākṣātkāralābhopītyāha.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 16-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-27.—

māyayāsaha vividhavāsanātmakasya karmaṇaścitiśakti viṣayakavṛttivilāpyatvaṃ itikarttavyatāmeva darśayati | “na kāñcana pariharet tadvratam, tadetadvāmadevīyam” (chāndogya. 2|13 khaṇḍe).

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