Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 204 [Akshara form of Shakti shines in Cidakasha], 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 204 [Akṣara form of Śakti shines in Cidākāśa]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 204:

वह्निभानुशशिविद्युदातपं ज्योतिरिङ्गणनभश्चरादयः ।
याः स्फुरन्ति हृदयेऽपि सारवाः तैस्तदम्बरगतैर्हि भूयते ॥ २०४ ॥

vahnibhānuśaśividyudātapaṃ jyotiriṅgaṇanabhaścarādayaḥ |
yāḥ sphuranti hṛdaye'pi sāravāḥ taistadambaragatairhi bhūyate || 204 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Akṣara form of Śakti shines in Cidākāśa]

The knowledge form i.e Citi Śakti is also called Mātṛkāśakti, who shines in Cidākāśa in akṣara form. The knowledge of Śakti in Ṛk (vedic mantra) form which is Śruti, has to be attained by contemplating upon her as Mātṛkārūpā in the ultimate abode of Cidākāśa. This worship begets the Deva s and sādhakas, the Brahma-Jñāna and Liberation from lifecycle[1].

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 137 [Cidgaganacandrikā] 204.—

“yadyapyarthasthitiḥ prāṇapuryaṃṣṭakaniyantrite |
jīve niruddhā tatrāpi paramātmāni sā sthitā ||”

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