Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 34 [Fivefold creation], 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 34 [Fivefold creation]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 34:

विश्वमूर्ति यददृष्टविग्रहं त्वत्प्रशान्तिपदमैश्वरं वपुः ।
तत्र ते य उदयः कुलेशि ! तं सृष्टिराश्रयति पञ्चवाहता ॥ ३४ ॥

viśvamūrti yadadṛṣṭavigrahaṃ tvatpraśāntipadamaiśvaraṃ vapuḥ |
tatra te ya udayaḥ kuleśi ! taṃ sṛṣṭirāśrayati pañcavāhatā || 34 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Fivefold creation]

Siddhā addresses Ambikā as Kuleśi the Mistress of like groups. He says that she has her place of calm sublimity in the body of Īśvara. He is the inner soul and therefore unseen by the physical eye. She shines there with her perfection, which gives rise to the five fold creation. The outward form of Īśvara is the objective world [1]

Prime creation by Śakti’s emergence is five-fold

The multi-forms arising of the three fold knowledge viz., knower, known and knowledge, is the outward form of Īśvara, which transforms into the objective world. As the first aspect of creation she shines in the form of pañcaprānās [pañcaprāṇas?][2]. Śakti’s abode is Śiva, when she attains unity in his formless, attributeless state, which is stated as the form of Īśvara, invisible to physical eye. Śiva is the inner soul in both states.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 65-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 34.—

bhedābhedasāmarasyamayatripuṭītrayaṃ vivicya tatra navayonirūpe śiva śaktyorāśrayāśrayibhāvena pañcavāhatāṃ vivecayati.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 22 - [Cidgaganacandrikā] - 34.—

pañcaprāṇarūpatayaiva sarvataḥ prāk saṃvit pariṇamati |

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