Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 192 [Reflection of Self as in the mirror is Srishti], 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 192 [Reflection of Self as in the mirror is Sṛṣṭi]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 192:

माययान्तरमपि स्थितं जगद् वर्तमानमवभाति बाह्यवत् ।
भूतभावियुगलं यथापुरं विद्ययाम्ब तव वृत्तिरूपया ॥ १९२ ॥

māyayāntaramapi sthitaṃ jagad vartamānamavabhāti bāhyavat |
bhūtabhāviyugalaṃ yathāpuraṃ vidyayāmba tava vṛttirūpayā || 192 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Reflection of Self as in the mirror is Sṛṣṭi]

The aspiration of Knower’s Self as Maheśvara towards manifestation or his sacrifice of his actionless state, results in Jagat Sṛṣṭi. This-ness of Jagat, experienced as different from oneself, gets merged in “I-ness”—“aham”, when each living being realises its true self. Reflection of Jagat as This—“idam” arises from “aham”, as per the “Ādarśa-avalokana nyāya” (The light from our own eyes, reach the Mirror and returns back to show our face) “Ahantā” is the Ātmā of all beings. It is the Knowledge. Knowledge of the Absolute is for the enjoyment of Knower. “This is like this” (īdṛketat) is the understanding posed by Consciousness. The subsequent guess of the same as “That is like that” (tat-tathā) is the storage in the heart of Vimarśa.[1] She shines as the Triputī—Knowledge, Known and the Knower. She also as Kāli consumes back the entire Triputī acting as their ultimate abode.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 125 [Cidgaganacandrikā] 192.—

evamasya svatantrasya nijaśaktyupabhedinaḥ |
svātmagāḥ sṛṣṭisaṃhārāḥ svarūpatvena saṃsthitāḥ ||

iti bodhapañcadaśikā | vijñānādvayavāde'pi vijñaptimātramevedamasadarthāvabhāsanāt | yadvat taimirikasyāsatkeśacandrādidarśanam ||

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