Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 190 [Shakti projects reflection of Jagat on Herself, acting as wall], 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 190 [Śakti projects reflection of Jagat on Herself, acting as wall]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 190:

अस्ति बाह्यमिति तत्प्रथेत चेत् तादृशप्रथनगर्भितं हि तत् ।
न प्रवेदयति निष्प्रमाणकम् मानमम्ब खलु साधयेत् प्रथाम् ॥ १९० ॥

asti bāhyamiti tatpratheta cet tādṛśaprathanagarbhitaṃ hi tat |
na pravedayati niṣpramāṇakam mānamamba khalu sādhayet prathām || 190 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Śakti projects reflection of Jagat on Herself, acting as wall]

A good medium of reflection—water etc., is not capable of projecting a reflection without an outside object for reflection. But this rule does not apply to Cidrūpā, who assumes the form of Cidākāśa to reflect the Jagat, in her own body as Cit.[1]

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 123 [Cidgaganacandrikā] 190.—

ata uktaṃ tantrā loke—itthaṃ viśvamidaṃ nāthe bhairavīyacidambare |
pratibimbamalaṃ svacche na khalvanyaprasādataḥ ||

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