Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 35 [Trinkets of Kali’s anklets], 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 35 [Trinkets of Kāli’s anklets]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 35:

या परा स्फुरति शक्तिरम्बिके तत्र हि त्वयि पयोधिवीचिवत् ।
शिञ्जिकावयवकार्थपञ्चकं वर्तते विविधसूक्ष्मविग्रहम् ॥ ३५ ॥

yā parā sphurati śaktirambike tatra hi tvayi payodhivīcivat |
śiñjikāvayavakārthapañcakaṃ vartate vividhasūkṣmavigraham || 35 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Trinkets of Kāli’s anklets]

Ambikā is called Parā Śakti, the unruffled state of sound, Nāda in Cidguhā, where from are born the five sense perceptions, sound, touch, form, taste and smell. They are none other than the melodious sounds or trinkets of her anklets. They are as the waves in the ocean, as many subtle forms or sounds of her self. [1]

Transformation of Kālī

Kālī, as Parāvāc, transforms into varṇamatṛkas [varṇamātṛkās?][2], thus becomes the upādāna kāraṇa for the manifestation of the pañcamahābhūtas and the pañcatanmātras and so on. Parāśakti, being the unruffled Nāda (cidguhā), is like the ocean, from which the varṇamatṛkas [varṇamātṛkās?] flow like waves, in the form of five mahābhūtas and the tanmātras. She is the upādāna kāraṇa for this manifestation. All these are the multiple subtle forms of Kālī.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 67-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 35.—

śivaśaktyorāśrayāśrayibhāvena navayonicakramayamabhedamupapādya śrutisiddha vedamaya catussamudrarūpaparāvāṅmayaśabdārṇave taraṅgamaya tvenārthapañcakamayīṃ vakṣayamāṇapañcavāha kramopayoginīṃ vagarthasṛṣṭiṃ vyutpādayati.

[2]. Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 22 - [Cidgaganacandrikā] - 35.—

parāśaktyāḥ vivartabhūtā vikārāḥ śiñjikākhyā varṇamātṛkāḥ payodhervikārabhūtā vīcaya iva | tābhiśca varṇamātṛkābhiravayavabhūtairārabdhamarthapañcaṃka pṛthivyaptejovāyvākāśarūpaṃ bhūtasūkṣamaṃ tanmātrapadavyapadeśyam | tataśca mahābhūtotpādakrameṇa vividhāni sūkṣamāṇi sthūlāni ca śarīrāṇi bhautikāni, anyāni kāryāṇi ce |

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