Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 59 [Merger of all powers in Amba], 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 59 [Merger of all powers in Ambā]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 59:

सिद्धशक्तिमयभातृभासनव्याप्तिभाव उपयुक्प्रकाशताम् ।
योऽयमर्थनिकरस्त्वदन्तिके त्वत्प्रमात्रभिमुखं तनोष्यसौ ॥ ५९ ॥

siddhaśaktimayabhātṛbhāsanavyāptibhāva upayukprakāśatām |
yo'yamarthanikarastvadantike tvatpramātrabhimukhaṃ tanoṣyasau || 59 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Merger of all powers in Ambā]

Every substance in creation maintains its individuality (Artha nikara), through:

  1. species (Jātī),
  2. form (Dravya),
  3. virtue (Guṇa) and
  4. action (Kriyā).

Through these the utility of Triputī is understandable. There is a permanent three fold power. In the presence of Ambā, everything merges in her. That is, she is the power that transforms everything into pure lustrous state.[1]

Functions of Siddhapañcaka and Śaktipañcaka.

The reflections of energies in their Siddhapañcaka and Śaktipañcaka forms, perform their respective functions[73]. The Śaktis with the duties imbibed in them by Vimarśaśakti act as the illuminator of the respective Siddhapañcaka. This illumination causes Śiva (Īśvara), to recognize his image as the manifestation. (This-ness in I-ness, This universe is my own Expansion).

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 111-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 59.—

anāśritaśivatatvebhātṛbhānabhānātmakatripuṭyāḥ bhānamātra śarīratvā nnādvaitasiddhāntavyāhati śaṅkāvakāśopītyāha.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 36-[Cidgaganacandrikā]- 59.—

pañcasiddhā brahmā, viṣṇuḥ, rudraḥ, īśvaraḥ, sadāśiva iti brahmapañcakapadenocyante| teṣāṃ ca śaktayo bhāratyādyāḥ prāguktāḥ| tādṛśaśaktikṛtaśca siddhapañcakasya arthanikarasya ca bhāsya bhāsakabhāvo vyākhyeyapadye'tra bhātṛbhāsanavyāptibhāvapadena nirdiṣṭaḥ|

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