Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,692 words

Cidgaganacandrika 89 [Rava (Nada) emerges from Shunyadhama by dynamism of Shakti], 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 89 [Rāva (Nāda) emerges from Śūnyadhāma by dynamism of Śakti]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 89:

स्पन्दमाद्यमनु कुर्वती शिवे निर्निकेतनपथोत्थिता गुणैः ।
शून्यधाम वससि त्वमिष्टितः प्रागधिष्ठितरवा विजृम्भसे ॥ ८९ ॥

spandamādyamanu kurvatī śive nirniketanapathotthitā guṇaiḥ |
śūnyadhāma vasasi tvamiṣṭitaḥ prāgadhiṣṭhitaravā vijṛmbhase || 89 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Rāva (Nāda) emerges from Śūnyadhāma by dynamism of Śakti]

Nirniketapada is the abode of Prapañca at the time of deluge where, Śakti remains merged in the Prakāśa Śiva when prapañca does not exist before the first Spanda. This abode which is the union of Śiva-Śakti (Cit Prakāśātmāka) is the Śūnyadhāma[1]. When the form of Prathama spanda (Icchaśakti) arises with the three guṇas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) the varied forms of manifestation takes place. Śakti being Nādarūpa emerges as Rāva which forms the threshold for creation of Jagat.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] [Kramaprakāśikā] pp 54 & 55-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-89.—

śivaśaktyoḥ sāmarsayāvasthā'dhiṣṭhānaśūnyatvānnirniketapatha ucyate,prapañcaśūnyatvācca śūnyadhāmapadenāpi tadevābhidhīyate | tasmāccotthitāyāḥ śektarādyaḥ spanda icchāśaktimanusṛtya ca kriyāparā parāśaktireva ravaṃ nādākhyamadhiṣṭhāya tad dvārīkṛ tya jagadrūpeṇa vijṛmbheta |

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