Cidgaganacandrika (study)

by S. Mahalakshmi | 2017 | 83,507 words

This page relates ‘Three kinds of Visargas (flows)’ 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 10 - Three kinds of Visargas (flows)

In the kingdom of Mātṛkacakra there exists three kinds of visargas, three kinds of flow. These three visargas are known respectively as Śāmbhava-visarga, Śākta visarga, and Āṇava visarga.

The first visarga exists at the state of Ananda Śakti and is represented by the letter “a”. This visarga is known as Śāmbhava-visarga. The mode of this visarga is said to be Cittapralaya. The word “cittapralaya [cittapralayaḥ]” indicates that state where your mind does not function and only thoughtlessness exists. This is a thoughtless flow. This Śāmbhava-visarga is also known as Parāvisarga, the supreme visarga. This supreme visarga is concerned with Śiva.

The second visarga is known as Śākta visarga. It is also known as Parāparā visarga, the highest cum lowest-medium visarga. This visarga is represented by the last letter of the vowels, which is also called visarga, the letter “aḥ—अः”. The mode of this visarga is called Cittasambodha.Cittasambodha [cittasambodhaḥ] indicates that state where awareness is maintained in one-pointedness.

The third and last visarga is called Āṇava visarga. It is also known as Aparāvisarga:, the lower or inferior visarga. It is the visarga of the individual (nara). This visarga is attributed to the letter “ha”, the last letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. The mode of this visarga is called Cittaviśrānti. The word cittaviśraniti [cittaviśranitiḥ] indicates that state where the mind rests in concentration, where the mind takes a permanent seat in concentration.

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