Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 179 [Shakti as Shabdatattva in the form of Pranava], 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 179 [Śakti as Śabdatattva in the form of Praṇava]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 179:

बिन्दुगर्भनिहितं त्रिधामगं तद्विशिष्टमुपरि प्रसर्पति ।
भेदनानिधनमों यदम्बिके तत्त्वमेव परतत्त्वदर्शनम् ॥ १७९ ॥

bindugarbhanihitaṃ tridhāmagaṃ tadviśiṣṭamupari prasarpati |
bhedanānidhanamoṃ yadambike tattvameva paratattvadarśanam || 179 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Śakti as Śabdatattva in the form of Praṇava]

The union of Prakāśa and Vimarśa aspects of the Absolute, solidifies into a Bindu, which is the purest illuminance. Three aspects emerge out of this Mahābindu viz., Aparābindu, Nāda and Bīja (lipi) which spread their pictoral manifestation. Śabdasṛṣṭi[1], which is simultaneous with this process, starts with the Praṇava “ॐ”, which consists of five mātras. (a-kāra[2], u-kāra and ma-kāra with Nāda and Bindu). “a”, “u”, “m” represent the Icchā, Jñāna and Kriyā aspects of Śakti. In the empirical self, these letters represent the three stages Viśva, Taijasa and Prājña, who rule the three states of awarenessJāgrat, Svapna and Suṣupti. Praṇava, which evolves from Mahābindu as Bindu, Nāda and Bīja, proceeds with the Sṛṣṭikrama, and also leads the Sādhaka in its oneness state with Paratattva (Nirvikalpa state).

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 108 -[Cidgaganacandrikā]-179.—

praṇāvamāhātmyaṃ varṇayan bindugarbhanihitasṛṣṭeḥ prakriyāṃ saṅketayan śabdatattvasvarūpāṃ śaktiṃ śraddhayā stauti

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