Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

Cidgaganacandrika 220 [Wonder of dual (Bright and Dark) forms of Kali], 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 220 [Wonder of dual (Bright and Dark) forms of Kāli]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English commentary of verse 220:

द्वादशशात्मरविकालघस्मरी कालकालिशिवभूमिका वरा ।
यादृशी भवसि चण्डि ! तादृशीं त्वां विदुः कलितकल्पनापराम् ॥ २२० ॥

dvādaśaśātmaravikālaghasmarī kālakāliśivabhūmikā varā |
yādṛśī bhavasi caṇḍi ! tādṛśīṃ tvāṃ viduḥ kalitakalpanāparām || 220 ||

Comparative analysis of commentaries and excerpts in English:

[Wonder of dual (Bright and Dark) forms of Kāli]

Kāli in Cidākāśa averts the spiritual ignorance and drives away the darkness outside by her brilliance. Great sādhakas, who know such form of her call her, Pure and crystal white. When dark and thick clouds of ignorance conceal the natural light of Bhutākāśa, then by the ordinary human being Kāli, is seen as Dark or Black[1]. This is said to be a matter of humour by Kālidāsa.

Notes and Sanskrit references:

[1] Cf. [Kramaprakāśikā] p 148 [Cidgaganacandrikā] 220.—

parāmatītya sthitāṃ tvāṃ viduḥ kathayanti, “yato vāco nivartante'prāpya manasā saha” ityādyupaniṣadvākyaiḥ ||

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