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dīkṣa

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A consecration undergone by an individual that both marks and facilitates the passage from one state of being, or stage of life, to another. Underlying this is the understanding that the ...

Dīkṣa

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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...from all pleasure ( Chandogya Upaniṣad 3. 17. 2). The importance of dīkṣa carries on into classical and medieval Hinduism where subtraditions within the central traditions of Vaiṣṇavism , Śaivism , and Tantrism all required dīkṣa. There are different kinds and various stages of dīkṣa particularly in Tantrism where the utmost secrecy is maintained. In Śaivism the ‘collective’ ( samaya ) and ‘particular’ ( viśeṣa ) initiations give access to the cult of Śiva . In Jainism, dīkṣa is the ceremony whereby a person passes from lay status to being an...

dīkṣā

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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... (‘ consecration ’, ‘ initiation ’) A consecration undergone by an individual that both marks and facilitates the passage from one state of being, or stage of life, to another. Underlying this is the understanding that the ‘one who has been ordained’ (the dīkṣita) has been reborn through the generation of a new body. The paradigmatic dīkṣā is that of the yajamāna (the śrauta sacrificer) in the Vedic agniṣṭoma ritual—an initiation that enables the dīkṣita to be transported, for the duration of the rite, to the world of the gods. From an early...

nirvāṇa-dīkṣā

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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...dīkṣā An initiation ( dīkṣā ) in some forms of Tantric Śaivism which guarantees liberation ( nirvāṇa ) at death...

dīkṣa

dīkṣa  

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A consecration undergone by an individual that both marks and facilitates the passage from one state of being, or stage of life, to another. Underlying this is the understanding that the ‘one who has ...
nirvāṇa-dīkṣā

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An initiation (dīkṣā) in some forms of Tantric Śaivism which guarantees liberation (nirvāṇa) at death.
agniṣṭoma

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A ‘one day’ soma sacrifice that culminates in the offering of soma three times in a single day (although the entire ritual normally extends over five days). The ritual, involving a special ...
paśu

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In Śaiva Siddhānta theology, a term, used individually and collectively, for the soul or ātman, expressing the idea that, short of liberation, it remains in a state of beginningless bondage to an ...
mala

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According to Śaiva Siddhānta theology, an essential and beginningless impurity which is tied to the soul (ātman); along with karma and māyā, it occludes the soul's true nature, and causes further ...
Kānphaṭa yogīs

Kānphaṭa yogīs  

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A name applied to some monastic members of the Nāth Siddha order, distinguished by their large earrings (kuṇḍalas), and hence the piercing of their ear lobes which takes place at initiation.
saṃpradāya

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A term for an institutionalized order or tradition (usually smārta in nature), marked by a guru-pupil lineage or paramparā. This may be traced back to an historical or mythical founder, or even to ...
Tilaka

Tilaka  

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A mark applied principally to the forehead, but also on occasion to other parts of the body, with a paste made from a colouring substance, such as sandalwood or ash. Its significance depends on the ...
mantra

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1 A synonym for the Vedic Saṃhitā texts (ṛc, yajus, and sāman), recited as an essential component of Brahmanical ritual (yajña); this portion of the Veda is distinguished from the prose explanations, ...
sādhaka

sādhaka  

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A Tantric adept or practitioner seeking to obtain powers (siddhis)—i.e. a bubhukṣu.
Śaiva-Āgama

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Authoritative texts of Śaivism, the earliest being written between 400–800 ce. The texts deal with Śaiva liturgy which involves nyāsa, mudrā, mantra, the construction of yantras or maṇḍalas and ...
Ānandamāyī Mā

Ānandamāyī Mā  

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(1896–1982).Hindu responsive teacher and spiritual attainer, who reached the goal without studying the scriptures, and without a guru. She was married at 12, but gave priority to spiritual ...
rahasya

rahasya  

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At its most general, any Śrī Vaiṣṇava doctrinal work in Maṇipravāḷam; more specifically, the term applied to the three secret mantras which are central to their practice: the Tirumantra, the Dvayam, ...
japa

japa  

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(Skt., recitation).Recitation or recital, particularly of mantras.for which a rosary (mālā) of 108 beads in traditionally used.
Śaiva Siddhānta

Śaiva Siddhānta  

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A major Śaiva ritual and theological tradition. Originating in Kashmir as the division of the mantramārga which regarded the ten Śiva- and eighteen Rudra-Āgamas as direct revelation from Śiva ...
abhiṣeka

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(Skt.; Tib., dbang-bskur). Literally ‘sprinkling’, this is an initiatory ritual of consecration in tantric Buddhism based on the classical Indian ceremony of coronation which involved lustration. ...
Kashmir Śaivism

Kashmir Śaivism  

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A Tantric Śaiva tradition which flourished in Kashmir between the 9th and 11th century ce, but which also influenced South Indian Śaivism. The Trika, its ritual system, developed out of the eastern ...

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