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Well, as far as I know, in Tantra tradition, Agama texts are those in which Devi questions and Shiva answers. Examples of such texts are numerous like the Mahanirvana Tantra, Kularnava Tantra, Vijyana Bhairava Tantra etc. And Nigama are those where Shiva questions and Devi answers. Texts of this nature are not many in number . One example is the ...


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I have posted it in my groups and blogs and reposting it here in parts. षट् त्रिंशत् तत्त्वानि विश्वम् ShaT triMshat tattvAni vishvaM (ParashurAma kalpasUtra.) This universe is nothing but the 36 tattva-s. So what is meant by tattva ? If the universe is made up of these tattva-s then they are verily the basic elements. By the very definition of ...


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There have been, in India, two main ways of approach to Reality or the Essential Nature of Self, Vivekaja mārga. (the path of distinction or discrimination). Systems following this mārga are patanjali yoga & Sankara Vedanta. Yogaja mārga.(the path of union or integration). Saivāgama has adopted the Yogaja mārga in which the goal is not isolation of ...


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Prapatti (or self-surrender) is an important aspect of SrI Vaishnava Teachings. According to pAncarAtra samhitas (Ahirbudhnya samhitA, LakshmI tantra), there are six aspects or angas to prapatti: आनुकुलस्य संकल्प: प्रतिकूल्यस्य वर्जनम् | रक्षीष्यतीति विश्वासो गोप्त्रुत्ववरणं तथा || LakshmI Tantra 17.60|| आत्मनिक्षेप कार्पण्ये षड्विधा शरणागति: ...


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Yes obviously. Like all other Hindu scriptures they also hold the same opinion about cows. Trinam vapya-vidhAnena chedayenna kadAchana | VidhinA gAm dvijam vApi hatvA pApairna lipyate || If it is not prescribed in scriptures, then never even tear a piece of grass. But if prescribed in scriptures, one does not commit any sin by killing even ...


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There is a beautiful philosophical explanation of absolute reality and its relation to the world in the Agamas of Kashmir Shaivism. However, it is not very popular like other philosophical schools in hindusim. Yet it is important to understand this aspect of agama and its view towards non duality. Below is a classical comparison by revered scholar ...


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The Todala Tantram, which is a ShAkta Agama, talks about the 10 AvatAras of Lord Vishnu. The text also equates one MahAvidyA deity with one AvatAra. The last chapter equates Vishnu’s ten incarnations with the ten Mahavidyas. Durga is the Kalki, the last of the avatars of Vishnu. He is yet to come, and when he does he will be born in Shambhala. He will ...


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I can answer only based on ShAkta scriptures. I can't elaborate anything on man made philosophies. Also, Agamas are plenty in number. They can be divided into ShAkta, Shaiva and other similar groups. Note that, my answer is only based on the ShAkta Agamas, and also on as much as i know about them. The 6 Darshanas are first of all condemned in KulArnava ...


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Among the Dasa mahAvidyAs, the third mahAvidyA is Devi Shodashi or Goddess TripurA or TripurAsundari. Here is how they are mentioned in a verse from the ViswasAra Tantram: KAli TArA MahAvidya Shodashi Bhuvaneswari | Bhairavi ChinnamastA Cha Vidya DhumAvati TathA || BagalA SiddhavidyA Cha Matangi KamalAtmikA | Eto DasamahAvidyA SiddhavidyAh PrakirtitAh ...


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You must be knowing about Sri Chandi, which is also known as the DurgA Saptashati or the Devi MAhatyam and which is a part of the MArkandeya PurAna. Now, a Chandi PAtha is considered to be flawed or incomplete if all the Shad-Angas ( the Kavachas, the Rahasya Trayas etc) are also not chanted along with. So, chanting simply the slokas of Sri Chandi is not ...


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According to Skanda Purana chapter 9, it was Kalakuta poison which made Lord Vishnu black or dark blue (color of Taamala). The excellent mountain had adamantine strength. It rolled on the back, neck, thighs and the space between the knees of the noble-souled tortoise. Due to the friction of these two, submarine fire was generated. The ...


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Turiyatita state is mentioned in Malinivijay Tantra chapter 2. Lord Shiva said:Wise people should know the system of unification (Sarvavesha krama) divided into five states i.e, waking (Jagrat), dreaming sleep (Svapna), dreamless sleep (Sushupti), forth(turiya) & the state beyond the forth (turiyatita). 2.2.27 The same chapter describes in details ...


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First of all, it should be noted that the Sri Sukta is a Khila Sukta of the Rig Veda, meaning that it's a hymn found in the Bashkala Shakha or recession of the Rig Veda Samhita, but it's not found in the Shakala Shakha of the Rig Veda Samhita. (See my answer here for more information on the Vedic Shakhas, and my answer here for information on the different ...


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The second half of this sloka is the tenth sloka of the Lalitatrishati stotra, in the Lalitopakhyana part of the Brahmanda Purana. This occurs before the actual stotra, when Sri Hayagriva meditates upon Lalitambika and Kameshvara so that he can impart the Trishati to Agastya who has been waiting for three years in the same position. In regard to what is to ...


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First of all, its quite obvious that here Lord Shiva is talking about three internal lingas that is located inside our body. But, as is well-known, as is our body so is the cosmos. So, these lingas have locations outside our body too. For example, in Shiva Samhita Lord Shiva says: ........... All the beings that exist in the three worlds are ...


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These lingas do not actually mean the physical swayambhu and bAna lingas. There is an esoteric meaning to this in the tantric tradition with respect to Kundalini. The location of Swayambhu linga is at the muladhara chakra of the astral body. bAna linga is believed to be located at the region of anAhata chakra. Itara linga is located at the ajna chakra ...


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This KAmAkotimanadali page tries to determine "lalitA sahasranAma - adhikAra nirNaya". That means trying to determine who all are competent to recite the stotram. That means not all are competent to start with. Bhagavan Hayagriva clearly mentions the qualification required for the recitation/practice of Sri Lalita Sahasranama in the pUrva pIThikA of ...


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The main scriptures for the school are Netra Tantram, MAlini Vijaya Tantram, MAlini Vijayottara Tantram. But, they also have taken inputs from KAlikula Tantras such as GuhyakAlika chapter of the MahAkAla SamhitA. The main body of Kashmir Shaivism is of course developed from Abhinava Gupta's Tantraloka. Netra Tantram, for example, has been commented upon by ...


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The Shaiva philosophy of Kashmir is generally called Trika Shastra, because it is the philosophy of triad, 1. Shiva 2. Shakti and 3. Nara. The literature of Trika System of Kashmir falls under 3 categories: the Agama Shastra the Spanda Shastra the Pratyabhijna Shastra 1. Agama Shastra is considered to be revelation by Shiva. It talks about both ...


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First of all it should be understand that Agama is a very wide subject. It involves various aspects such as mantra, yantra, upasana, diksha, anushthana, temple construction, idol construction and so on. There are many references which say that shruti are of two kinds. One is Vedas and other is agama. There is another post on agamas which you can go through ...


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Mantras (मन्त्र) means “mystical formula” or a ritual formula used in worship , meditation , Yajnas (Sacrifices ) , devotion etc. in Vedic or Tantric practices and is associated or is of some deity or group of deities. Mantras are used throughout vedic and puranic literature. Vayu Purana is giving us the definition of mantra as - मन्त्राणां ...


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"How can I start Tantra Sadhana?" and "What are the scriptures I need to study in order to gain a thorough knowledge of Tantras?" are two separate questions unrelated to each other. One can not practice Tantra without Guru Diksha (initiation). As Lord Shiva says in the following verse that all practices that Tantras advocate, like Yoga, Dhyana, Puja, Japa ...


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It is mentioned in the Garga Samhita. This is what I found: Garga Samhita, Canto 10, chapter 61, verses 23, 24, 25, 26: vamanas ca vidih sesah sanako visnu-vakyatah dharmartha-hetave caite bhavisyanti dvijah kalau visnusvami vamnangsa-statha madhvastu brahmanah ramanujastu sesanga nimbaditya sanakasya ca ete kalau yuge bhavyah sampradaya-...


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Beejas or Seeds are important single lettered or monosyllabic mantras especially in the tantric or agama tradition. They are extensively used in rituals, processes, and both for internal and external worship. Each mantra or beeja has specific energies contained in it. Once chanted properly the inherent power can be utilized by the sadhaka. Specific beejas ...


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Kamika Agama is one of the principle Shaiva Agamas. It was revealed from the Ishana face of Sadasiva. It describes weapons, symbols and form of Sadashiva as: Five faces; ten shoulders; effulgence of crystal; three eyes; tranquil composure; crest adorned with the crescent moon; locks of matted hair bound with serpent; mounted on the lion-throne constituted ...


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chakras have various number of petals which reflect their current. The life current in chakra is linked to its petals too. They are present in astral body. moolAdhAra chakra - four petals - व श स ष (golden colored letters on red petals) swAdhishthana chakra - six petals - ब भ म य र ल (with bindu, white lightning color) maNipUra chakra- ten petals - ड ढ ण ...


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As regards caste, sex etc there are no such restrictions. Everyone can be initiated. Even an Antyaja or Sankara or mixed caste person reserves the right to be initiated. Shudra sankarajAti nAmAdi shuddhirvidhiyate | PAdodak pradAnAdyaih kuryAt pApavimochanam || Primal purification is ordained for the Sudra and mixed-caste (Sankara-JAti); one is ...


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I am aware of only the Sahajiya-Vaishnavas (a sub-sect of Gaudiya Vaishnavism), prevalent in Bengal so consider this a partial answer. There are both Vamachara and Dakshinachara Sahajiyas. Famous Sahajiyas include the poets Chandidas, Vidyapati and Jayadeva. The followers of this sect have been historically being persecuted and considered taboo by the ...


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It is a noteworthy diety in shakta and shaiva tantric traditions. Also usually known by names like Sri Sharabheshwara or Sri Pakshiraaj. less audience is aware of such deities. It is also linked with other fierce deities like pratyangira and others. Mainly it is considered best for protection and to get rid of possible preta and related problems. Akasha ...


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In his book The Spiritual Heritage of India, Swami Prabhavananda says (pp 143-145, section heading: The Tantras): The Tantras are the scriptures by means of which knowledge is spread in order to save humanity from ignorance. They are also known as Agamas--revelations, in conformity, that is, with the revelations of the Vedas. Their authorship is unknown ...


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