Panchastavi – Free download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Panchastavi. The compound word ‘Panchastavi’ in ordinary parlance connotes a collection of devotional hymns divided into five cantos. The very first verse of. Pancastavi In Kashmir. by Dr. B. N. Pandit. The Pancastavi is a collection of five hymns sung in the praise of Mother Goddess Tripura, the personified absolute.
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Female deities are very often much more suited to human beings having still some human weaknesses in them because the approach of such female deities towards them is very much panchasravi in its character.
Both Siva and Shakti are thus one and the same reality. Pancastavi resembles Saundaryalahari of Sankaracharya, a Keralite, in its technique and also in its theological as well as philosophic contents. Pancchastavi is realized to be fire only through the realization of its powers to illuminate, to give heat, to bum and so on.
However it is also to be conceded that this poetic work is essentially an allegory in which the mental experience of supreme consciousness has been clothed in the flesh and blood of words to make it appear as physical or concrete. Pancbastavi of the commentators names the hymn as Tripura-bhaiyavistava.
All the traditional tales about their meeting are therefore based on mere fiction. Many other similarly panchastavl but fantastic panchatavi about the meeting of the two great teachers are still being heard from old pandits of Kashmir.
Nityanada, an ancient commentator of some tantric works, says that Laghustava was composed by a poet named Dharmacharya. Referring to the “Maya-Kundalini” verse, he says that a particular theological doctrine had been indicated by Dharmacharya through the verse concerned in this Laghustava: Pandit The Pancastavi is a collection of five hymns sung in the praise of Mother Goddess Tripura, the personified absolute Godhead of the lord.
The hymns allude to the highest importance of Kundalini Yoga, which does not enjoy any prominent position in the Kashmirian tradition but is highly popular in the south as its highest importance has been accepted in both Tamilian and Canaries works on Siddhanta Saiva and Virasiava respectively. Pancastavi does not resemble even the Tattuagrabha-Stotra, a hymn to Mother goddess by Bhatta Pradyamna, the chief disciple of Bhatta Kallata. Pancastavi In Kashmir by Dr.
Slaksnam vase madhuram-admi bhaje varastrim Devl hrdi sphurati me kula-kama-dhenuh. The very first verse of the first canto remakes it abundantly clear that these panegyrics are essentially meant for the ‘Rainbow-hued’ Divine Energy comprising the ‘speech’ and ‘resplendence of symbols’. Watch Kashmiri Pandit Festivals: Perhaps this contention presupposes that the devotee-poet has deliberately confined his imagination to five cantos stavas only, so as to make it synchronize with other shades of meaning contained in this number.
Your browser does not support iframes. Similarly the stories prevalent in Kashmirian tradition are also mere fiction.
Satu Sri-Dharmacarya varyaih svakiye Laghustave “mayakundalini” ityadi-slokena sucitah. Such an approach on their part does not ignore the human weaknesses of their devotees and therefore these deities direct worldly souls, step by step, towards upward ascent to higher stages of spiritual evolution.
On account of such popularity of the poem in Kashmir, many articles of Kashmirian writers have been appearing from time to time on Pancastavi at Srinagar and Delhi. As all the five hymns appear to be the works of one and the same author, the whole of Pancastavi was composed by him. Watch Kashmiri Pandit Festivals: He is the theistic Absolute reality of Saiva monism. He wrote an extensive poetical work name ‘Sankra-digvijya’ after about five hundred years from the time of Sankaracharya.
Such deities do not resent the passionate longings of worldly beings for the attainment of sensual enjoyments.
Panchastavi By Gopi Krishna Central Institute For Kundalini Research Srinagar
Some practices of Kriyayoga have been alluded to in it, but any specific type of Anavayoga, like Uccara, Karana etc. Abhinavagupta and Siddhanatha alias Sambbhunatha have eulogized special deities of Kramanya in accordance with the Sadhana of Saktopaya, but such deities do not find any place either in Pancastavi or in other stotras like Saundarya Lahari and Subhagodaya of the south.
Saundaryalahari of Sankaracharya also describes kundalini-yoga as the means of unity with the Absolute. He remains ever pure, even while appearing in the forms of numerous creations and dissolutions of countless universes containing all sorts of beings, objects, sin, piety, etc.
Many esoteric doctrines of Sakta-sadhana and Tantric yoga, described through the medium of poetry, can be found in all the five hymns in abundance. Madavacharya wrote his poem only on the basis of his poetic imagination and personal devotion. But these of the pandits ;anchastavi Kashmir, who were highly devoted to teachers like Abhinavagupta followed the policy adopted in Sankaradivijya and fabricated, likewise, many fantastic stories of the opposite type through that very power of poetic imagination, which had been used by Madhavacharya.
Worship of Sabari holds such position in the Kerala tradition of Tantric Sadhana, but not in the Kashmirian tradition. One of its fresh traditions was laid down by Madavacharya pancjastavi the fourteenth centuly.
All such forms of God become objects of worship for aspirants desirous of attaining worldly, panchwstavi and spiritual aims of life. They had picked up devotion for Sankaracharya while wandering in the plains of India. No panchqstavi is possible without forgetting, because recognition is a kind of recollection of some previously known but subsequently forgotten, particulars of a person or a thing. When an adept practitioner of spiritual sedhana feels actually his powers to create, to dissolve, to make and to unmake things at his free will, he realizes himself as none other than God Discussions and debates without such realizations are futile.
II Pancastavi is highly popular with the pandits of Kashmir who sing it regularly at the time of their daily worship at their homes and especially at the religious places of the Mother Goddess.
In fact this tendency also existed in some lower or higher measure In all panchasyavi writers of India, Madhavacharva is typical example of such poetic writers.
Panchastavi – A Brief Study
All the five hymns can be counted among the best examples of the most beautiful religio-philosophical lyrics. He says that a panfhastavi disciple of Abhinavagupta getting just an indication from his preceptor, stood up and in order to impress the panchzstavi of Saktis on Sankaracharya, uttered Laghustava as a spontaneous flow of poetry coming out of the speech of an “Asukavi”. This fact has been corroborated by Vidyaranya, a fourth panchatavi disciple in the line of Sankaracharya, in his Srividyamavatantra.
Moreover the whole gamut of Alphabet from AA to Ksa is presided over by this Transcendental Energy; and to speak squarely, it is the progenitor of the sound and sense. A spontaneous rise of the poetic inspiration, capable of creating charming poetry, has been counted among the signs of a devotee on panchaxtavi God bestows His forceful divine grace. It is a wonder that most of the research scholars of today do not at all care to examine the authenticity of such imaginary accounts and go on quoting Sankaradigvijaya as an authonty on the history of Sankaracharya.
The similarities in the poetic style, the views on the methods of sadhana, the expression of the doctrines of philosophy and the general literary character of all the five hymns prove it beyond doubt that all of them are the works of one and the same philosopher-poet. The account of Laghustava, as having been uttered by a boy disciple of Abhinavagupta, is also based on oral tradition of an imaginary character.
Thus says Malinivijaya Tatraitat prathamam cihnam Rudre Bhaktih suniscata, Kavitvam pancamam ineyam salankaram manoharam. Madhavacharya says at one place that Abhanivagupta, a Sakta commentator of Pancjastavi, living in Assam Kamarupa was a Tantric sorcerer who applied sorcery to Panchastabi with the result that the latter developed a dangerous disease name bhagandhara in his lower intestine.