Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 73 [Guru Parampara, Puja and Mudras], 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 73 [Guru Parampara, Pūjā and Mudrās]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 73:

चाररावचरुभिर्विभेदितैर्मुद्रया च यदुपासनं तव ।
तद्वशेन भजते परम्परां तावकी क्रमतया स्फुटाकृतिः ॥ ७३ ॥

cārarāvacarubhirvibheditairmudrayā ca yadupāsanaṃ tava |
tadvaśena bhajate paramparāṃ tāvakī kramatayā sphuṭākṛtiḥ || 73 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Guru Parampara, Pūjā and Mudrās]

Siddhā says that the worship or Pūjā of Devī, in the gradual unfolding through action, sound and word, accompanied by the timely facial expressions known as the Mudrās. This assumes a distinctive form or feature as specified or initiated by the order of Guru Parampara; Thus the worship of Devī attains a changeless varied form, changeless in truth but varied in expression.[1]

Cāra, Rāva, Caru, Mudrā of upāsana

There are four parts of worship in Agamas (Caryā, Vidyā, Yoga and Kriyā which are synonymous with Cāra,[2] Nāda (Rāva), Caru and Mudrā respectively in Krama. These traditional methods of worship result in step by step revelation of the deities and help them to realise the superior state.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Divyacakorikā] p 140-[Cidgaganacandrikā] 73.—

avyabhicaritavāgarthaspandamātranāmarūpātmaṃka tvadīyaprāṇaspandanāda nāmaṃka turīyapadamave sāṃkhyayogatripuṭīmārgasaṃpradāyamedena mudrātripuṭīmātra prabhedena ca tripādekapādvibhūtidṛgbhyāṃ gurusaṃpradāyaparaṃparāṃ bhajata ityāha.

[2] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 45-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-73.—

caryādibhedabhinnāsu guruśiṣyaparamparāsvanuṣṭhīyamānāsu upāsanāsu bhinnā bhinnā tavākṛtiḥ krameṇa sphuṭā bhavati |

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