Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

This page relates ‘Emergence of Shaiva philosophy’ of the English study of the Cidgaganacandrika: an important Tantric work belonging to the Krama system of Kashmir Shaivism. Written by Kalidasa (Shrivatsa) in 312 Sanskrit verses, the Cidgagana-Candrika deals with the knowledge regarding both the Macrocosmic and Microcosmic phenomena. This study includes renditions from the two available commentaries—the Divyacakorika and the Kramaprakashika

Part 2 - Emergence of Śaiva philosophy

Śaiva philosophy emerged in the sixth century with its roots in the contemporary Tantric literature. Gradually it got refined and evolved as Śāiva advaitavāda.

Group of Āgamas bringing forth the exposition of the Trika cult are:

  1. Svacchanda-tantra,
  2. Mālinīvijaya-tantra,
  3. Netra-tantra,
  4. Vāmakeśvara-tantra,
  5. Rudrayāmala-tantra and
  6. Vijñānabhairava-tantra.

Svacchanda Tantra gives a clear exposition of Tantra-Śāstra in all its aspects viz.,

  1. dīkṣa”,
  2. āsana”,
  3. pañcakṛtya”,
  4. pañcamukhas”, 
  5. maṇḍala bhuvana,
  6. guru-disciple,
  7. mantra,
  8. śabda,
  9. varṇa etc.

Āgamika-tantra deals with Paramaśiva svarūpa Bhairava.

[The following are regarded as an encyclopaedia of Tantra-Śāstra and its literature.]—

  1. Agastyasaṃhitā,
  2. Dakṣināmūrti kalpa,
  3. Yoga Śāstra,
  4. Vāmakeśvara,
  5. Śārada,
  6. Kalīmata,
  7. Tantra-rāja,
  8. Dakṣināmūrti Saṃhitā,
  9. Bhairavi Tantra,
  10. Siddha-sārasvata Tantra,
  11. Uttara Tantra,
  12. Kulāraṇava,
  13. Piṅgalamata,
  14. Śivayāmala,
  15. Bṛhatyāmala,
  16. Rudrayāmala,
  17. Kulaprakāśa Tantra,
  18. Nārada,
  19. Pāñcarātra,
  20. Yoginī Tantra,
  21. Akṣa Śāstra,
  22. Śārada Tilaka,
  23. Nīla Tantra,
  24. Śrīkrama,
  25. Nārayaṇīya,
  26. Bṛhat Nārayaṇīya,
  27. Śatapathasaṃhitā etc.
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