Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 54 [Negated world], 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 54 [Negated world]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 54:

अम्ब तज्जडमुशन्ति भेदिभिर्यद् गुणैः स्फुरदपोह्यते क्रमात् ।
चित्तदाकृतिनिराकृतिः स्वतो भाति या सकृदसौ त्वमेव सा ॥ ५४ ॥

amba tajjaḍamuśanti bhedibhiryad guṇaiḥ sphuradapohyate kramāt |
cittadākṛtinirākṛtiḥ svato bhāti yā sakṛdasau tvameva sā || 54 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Negated world]

Negated world As long as the varied creation (that is negated), shines through virtues and the sense group, everything appears as inanimate and spiritless. But, She by nature shines as world lustrous through knowledge, having a form similar to the negated world. She is never the cause of difference in the appearance of the Puruṣa. She shines together with Puruṣa or Ego as lustrous and blissful in creation.[1]

Citiśakti attained in the state of Samādhi is eternal luminance

This state is assumed as inactive substance (Jaḍa) by those, who conceive duality, but together with guṇas, Parāśakti shines simultaneously as manifest and unmanifest energy at the Macrocosmic level.[2] At the micro level the Citiśakti[3] and Citta (Matter and energy ) simultaneously shine and by arresting the waves of thoughts[4] one attains the seventh stage of Jñāna.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 99-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 54.—

bāhyavimarśaparisamāptāvasminneṣa jagati vāsanātmanāntarbhūtamanyadeva cinmayaṃjagatsṛkadvibhātātprabhāvena sarvabhūtātmabhūtātmabhāvena vā yat sphurati saiva tvamiti.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 34-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-54.—

cijjaḍayovyutthāne sahopalabhyamānayoḥ samādhau vṛttinirodhena jaḍāृkatinirākṛtau satyāṃ svataḥ sṛkadvibhātā yā citiḥ sā mātuḥ paramaṃ svarūpamiti |

[3] Cf. [Cidgaganacandrikā]-54.—

yā devī sarva bhūteṣu cetanetyābhidhīyate-saptaśati |

[4] Cf. [Lalitāsahasranāma] — [Cidgaganacandrikā]-54.—

yogaḥ cittavṛtti nirodhaḥ–pataṃjali yogaśāstraḥ cit śakti cetanā rūpā jaḍa śaktijaḍātmikā |

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