Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 175 [Srishtikali’s Dvadashakrama Cidurmi], 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 175 [Sṛṣṭikāli’s Dvādaśakrama Cidūrmi]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 175:

एकमम्ब तव भात्यनावृतो द्वादशक्रमचिदूर्मिडम्बरः ।
सृष्टिकाल्युदयमेति यन्मुखे यः स्फुटो निरवधिर्निराश्रयः ॥ १७५ ॥

ekamamba tava bhātyanāvṛto dvādaśakramacidūrmiḍambaraḥ |
sṛṣṭikālyudayameti yanmukhe yaḥ sphuṭo niravadhirnirāśrayaḥ || 175 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Sṛṣṭikāli’s Dvādaśakrama Cidūrmi]

Vimarśa with the intend to initiate manifestation, emerges out of Prakāśa. This Krama is Kāla. This is Cit which evolves the retinue of twelve Śaktis[1]. She as Sṛṣṭikali acts as the pioneer in starting the cycle of emanation. For the effect of universal existence, Svātantra Citśakti is the prime cause. Citśakti assuming four forms—Parā, Aparā, Parāparā and Kālākarṣiṇī [Kālakarṣiṇī?] gets multipled [multiplied?] as twelve in the three Stages of awareness (Sṛṣṭi, Sthiti and Saṃhāra).

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 101 -[Cidgaganacandrikā]-175.—

athedānīṃ vividhakālīnāmāvibhaviprasaṅge sarvaprathamaṃ sṛṣṭikālyā āvirbhāvaṃ prastutya tasyāḥ pravāhasvātantryaṃ sarvathā'nargalamananyonmukhamiti ||

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