Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 126 [Cidambaragata Shakti’s four forms in Gross body], 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

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Verse 126 [Cidambaragatā Śakti’s four forms in Gross body]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 126:

बिन्दुचक्रशशिकुण्डली शिखा मूर्तिरम्बरगता चतुर्विधा ।
शक्तिरत्र कृतशम्भुभेदना षष्टिरम्बरगताश्चतुष्पराः ॥ १२६ ॥

binducakraśaśikuṇḍalī śikhā mūrtirambaragatā caturvidhā |
śaktiratra kṛtaśambhubhedanā ṣaṣṭirambaragatāścatuṣparāḥ || 126 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Cidambaragatā Śakti’s four forms in Gross body]

In the Gross level, Śakti who adorns the Cidākāśa of the empirical being shines in four ways viz.,

  1. Binducakra,
  2. Śaśi,
  3. Kuṇḍali and
  4. Śikarūpa[1].

Bindu cakra is the Mūlādhāra cakra. Śaśi apānavāta ādhāracakra (Svādhiṣṭhāna), Kuṇḍalinī is the Kuṇḍalinī Śakti, a snake form, wound in three and half circular-ring form (Adhasahasrāra). Śikā is the Vahni that depicts the stomach (Maṇipūraka). Śakti piercing through the Bindu cakra (Śivātmāka) with the help of vital air, reaches higher and higher progressively. Then she shines as Parā, Paśyantī, Madhyamā and Vaikharī respectively and acquires the form of Sixty-four Varṇas.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. (Quote-Paniniyasiksa-sl 3-5) [Kramaprakāśikā] p 75-[Cidgaganacandrikā]-126.—

triṣaṣṭicatuṣṣaṣṭirvā varṇāḥ śambhumate matāḥ |
prākṛte saṃskṛte cāpi svayaṃ proktāḥ svayaṃbhuvā ||
svarā viṃśatirekaśca sparśānāṃ pañcaviṃśatiḥ |
yādayaśca smṛtā hyaṣṭau catvāraśca yamāḥ smṛtāḥ|
anusvāro visargaśca ka pau cāpi parāśritau |
duḥspṛṣṭaśceti vijñeyo lṛkāraḥ pluta eva ca ||

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