Aşţapāśa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Asţapasa, AsţapAZa, Ashţapaasha


  1. 8 bindings; 8 snares
  2. in Tantrik philosophy, the eight qualities or states of being that bind or handicap a jīva (sentient being) and prevent one from realizing one’s true potential or essential nature which the one with Śiva (the Supreme Divine), namely: lust (kāma), anger (krodha), greed (lobha), delusion (moha), envy (īrşā), shame (lajjā), fear (bhaya) and disgust (ghŗņā) (T. Śāstra).