Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 29 [Ishvari leads Siddha and Sadhaka to Cidakasha], 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 29 [Īśvari leads Siddhā and Sādhaka to Cidākāśa]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 29:

सप्तधा वमसि या त्वमीश्वरि व्योमशान्तमुखचिद्गुणास्पदम् ।
आश्रितान् नयसि नापरं शिवं द्वन्द्वयाऽद्वयपदातिलङ्किनी ॥ २९ ॥

saptadhā vamasi yā tvamīśvari vyomaśāntamukhacidguṇāspadam |
āśritān nayasi nāparaṃ śivaṃ dvandvayā'dvayapadātilaṅkinī || 29 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Īśvari leads Siddhā and Sādhaka to Cidākāśa]

She as Īśvari glowing through the seven channels-eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth-external sense perceptions and standing aloof from the dual creation, leads the Siddhā or Sādhaka to the Śiva or Kāla’s pada or abode, by the method of either evolution or involution. That abode (pada) is Cidvyoma, sky of knowledge quiet and lustrous.[1]

Mahākālī in the form Sāradā

Śakti is above all duality in creation, though she emits the seven fold varṇa (groups)—(akacaṭatapayādyaiḥ saptabhir varṇa vargaiḥ[2]) instrumental in the formation of Pada and Vākya and hence the Śabdārtha. She leads the Sādhakas who worship her in the path of evolution or involution, to the tranquil Cidvyoma, the sky of knowledge shining as Śivapada.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 59-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 29.—

itaḥparaṃ pratīyamānadvaitavṛttīnāmasaṅgātmānandāvāptisahāyateti tṛtīyavimarśa vakṣayamāṇadhāmādikramatrayepi saptasaptaprākāraṃ prākṛtavamanaṃ guptimāṣita jagadvijṛmbhaṇane sūcayati.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 17-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-29.—

akārādivargasaptakaviracitavigrahā śāradā samastaṃ padavākyātmaṃka vāṅmayaṃ saptadhā vāntayā tayā śabdārthobhayarūpayā vācā svāśritān svabhaktān tādṛśavākyaprayoktṛn paraṃ śivaṃ śāntamukhaṃ cidvyomātmaṃka prāpayati |

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