Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 64 [Jiva, Aham and Idam], 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 64 [Jīva, Aham and Idam]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 64:

सर्गसंवृतिशरीरयोर्द्वयोर्भक्ष्यभक्षकपदस्थयोस्तयोः ।
अन्तरेवमहमास्थितः शिवे धीमनोऽक्षवपुरर्पितं त्वया ॥ ६४ ॥

sargasaṃvṛtiśarīrayordvayorbhakṣyabhakṣakapadasthayostayoḥ |
antarevamahamāsthitaḥ śive dhīmano'kṣavapurarpitaṃ tvayā || 64 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Jīva, Aham and Idam]

Śakti fills the Paśu or Jīva, with intelligence, mind and sense. The Jīva stands between “aham” and “idam”, creation and destruction, the one devouring the other.[1]

Śiva’s as Virāṭ (in creation); as Māyā (in destruction)

In the form of creation as well as destruction, and in the state of obsorber and the obsorbed, Śiva exists as “ahaṃ”—I-ness.[2] During this period Śakti bestows Buddhi, Manas and Indriyas, to this I-ness in the manifested universe (Virāṭ) and in the state of Enjoyer (as Virāṭ). In dissolution Śiva obsorbs his creations into his Māyāśarīra (as Īśvara). Thus Śakti acts as mother in both the stages, likewise in the empirical aspect.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] [Divyacakorikā] p 120-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 64.—

dīkṣāmantrasaṃskārādibhissiddhamantramantritādātmyābhedānyatarabhāvayoḥ sraṣṭṛtirodhātṛkāryamaya śarīrayorvāntarāle antassākṣibhāsyatvena vahirindriyavedyātvena vā anubhūtaśākta śāmbhavānyataraunmanīnā danavakānandamūrterjīvasaṃsārabhājopi viśrāntilakṣaṇāṇava visargapuruṣaghaureyasya svasvarūpa eva kṛtyapañcakakṣamaṃ, pūrvoktalaiṅgiṃka dhīmanokṣamayaṃ sūkṣamaśarīramunmanīnādanavakarūpiṇyā tvayaiva prasādīkriyataityāha.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 40-[Cidgaganacandrikā]- 64.—

sargasaṃvṛtiśarīrayorbhakṣayabhakṣakapadasthayostayordvavyoḥ śivasvarūpayordarśanāntare virāḍīśvara padavācyayorantastvayā'rpitaṃ dhīmano'kṣarūpaṃ liṅgava purāsthito'hamātmā jīvaḥ | evam āgamoktarītyā sthita iti padamadhyāhṛtya yojanā | evaṃ ca sarveṣāmaṇūnāṃ pūryaṣṭakākhyasūkṣama śarīrapradatvena śektarjaganmātṛtvarūpo guṇaḥ stutinidānamuktaṃ bhavatīti rahasyam ||

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