Luce delle Scritture (Tantrāloka) by Abhinavagupta

By Abhinavagupta

Filosofo, teologo e poeta indiano, vissuto fra il 950 e il 1020 circa, Abhinavagupta deve l. a. sua fama al Tantrāloka, los angeles Luce dei Tantra, sintesi di tutto il sistema Trika. los angeles sapiente traduzione italiana di Raniero Gnoli è riproposta oggi consistent with Utet in edizione digitale, corredata di un valido compendio esegetico navigabile in forma di ipertesto.

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He is identified with BØHASPATI, the presiding deity of the planet Jupiter. He is called ‘lord of the sacrifice’. His wives were Smøti (‘memory’), Ÿradhhä (‘faith’), Svadhä (‘oblation’) and Satï (‘truth’). His daughters were the Vedic hymns, his sons the Havismats (possessors of sacrificial oblations). Äögirasa Descendants of A¢GIRAS or of AGNI, who is called the first of the Äögirasas. They became personifications of light and of luminous bodies, as well as of fire on special occasions, and as the phases of the moon.

Aæava (‘atomicity’, ‘smallness’) Used as a technical term in ŸAIVA SIDDHÄNTA to designate the beginningless bondage of the unredeemed soul, preventing it from being its true self. 22 humankind, known as lawgiver and as a writer on astronomy. He is identified with BØHASPATI, the presiding deity of the planet Jupiter. He is called ‘lord of the sacrifice’. His wives were Smøti (‘memory’), Ÿradhhä (‘faith’), Svadhä (‘oblation’) and Satï (‘truth’). His daughters were the Vedic hymns, his sons the Havismats (possessors of sacrificial oblations).

A•fläk•ara (‘eight syllables’) The famous mantra: Om Namah Näräyanäya, repeated thrice daily by many VAIÆŒAVAS to obtain liberation. ) a•fla-maögala (‘eight auspicious objects’) These are required for important official occasions. Their composition varies; one list mentions lion, bull, elephant, water-jar, fan, flag, trumpet, lamp; another has brahmin, crow, fire, gold, ghi, sun, water, king. a•flamürti (‘eightfold image’) The presence of ŸIVA in the five elements, the sun, the moon and in sentient beings, associated with the eight names of Ÿiva under which he is worshipped (RUDRA, ŸARVA, PAŸUPATI, Ugra, A•ani, BHAVA, MAHÄDEVA, ÏŸÄNA) Encyclo - Letter A 10/2/03 9:37 am Page 30 a•flävaraæa a•flävaraæa (‘eightfold armour’) The eight commandments that VÏRA ŸAIVAS have to observe, namely: obedience towards the GURU, wearing a Ÿiva linga (see LI¢GA (3)), worshipping Ÿaivite ascetics as incarnations of Ÿiva, sipping water in which the feet of the guru have been bathed, offering food to a guru, smearing ashes on one’s body, wearing a string of RUDRÄKÆA beads, reciting the mantra Ÿiväya namäh (see also MANTRA (3)).

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