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ṣaḍadhvā (‘six paths [leading to the Divine]’)
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Ṣaḍadhvā literally means ‘six paths leading to the Divine’.
  
This is a special technical term of the Sakti cult, the cult of the Divine Mother.
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This is a special technical term of the Śakti sect, the sect of the Divine Mother. Adhvā means a path and sat means six.  
  
Adhvā means a path; sat means six.
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According to the sect of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are:
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# Varṇādhvā - letters of the alphabet
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# Padādhvā - words made up of these letters
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# Mantrādhvā - mantras comprising the words
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# Kalādhvā - aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on
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# Tattvādhvā - the thirty six categories of Śāktāism
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# Bhuvanādhvā - various worlds
  
According to the cult of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are: varṇādhvā (letters of the alphabet), padādhvā (words made up of these letters), mantrādhvā (mantras comprising the words), kalādhvā (aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on), tattvādhvā (the thirty six categories of Śāktāism) and bhuvanādhvā (various worlds).
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Alternatively, it can mean the worship of the six deities:
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# Śiva
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# Viṣṇu
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# Durgā
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# Sūrya
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# Gaṇapati
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# Indusambhava<ref.It is a Jain deity.</ref>
  
Alternatively it can mean the worship of the six deities viz., Śiva, Viṣṇu, Durgā, Sūrya, Gaṇapati and Indusambhava (a Jain deity). By worshipping these six deities in his earlier lives, the śākta-sādhaka becomes fit to worship the Divine Mother.
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By worshiping these six deities in his earlier lives, the śākta-sādhaka becomes fit to worship the Divine Mother. Divine Mother Lalitā is described<ref>Lalitāsahasranāma  991</ref> in the Lalitāsahasranāma as beyond these six adhvās.<ref>Six adhvās means ṣaḍadhvātīta-rūpiṇī.</ref>
  
Divine Mother Lalitā is described (ivide name 991) in the Lalitāsahasranāma as beyond these six adhvās (ṣaḍadhvātīta-rūpiṇī).
 
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
== OLD CONTENT ==
 
<small>By Swami Harshananda</small>
 
  
ṣaḍadhvā (‘six paths [leading to the Divine]’)
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
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This is a special technical term of the Sakti cult, the cult of the Divine Mother.
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Adhvā means a path; sat means six.
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According to the cult of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are: varṇādhvā (letters of the alphabet), padādhvā (words made up of these letters), mantrādhvā (mantras comprising the words), kalādhvā (aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on), tattvādhvā (the thirty six categories of Sāktāism) and bhuvanādhvā (various worlds).
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Alternatively it can mean the worship of the six deities viz., Śiva, Viṣṇu, Durgā, Surya, Gaṇapati and Indusambhava (a Jain deity). By worshipping these six deities in his earlier lives, the śākta-sādhaka becomes fit to worship the Divine Mother.
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Divine Mother Lalitā is described (ivide name 991) in the Lalitāsahasranāma as beyond these six adhvās (ṣaḍadhvātīta-rupiṇī).
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
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ṣaḍadhvā (‘six paths [leading to the Divine]’)
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This is a special technical term of the Sakti cult, the cult of the Divine Mother.
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Adhvā means a path; ṣaṛ means six.
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According to the cult of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are: varṇādhvā (letters of the alpha¬bet), padādhvā (words made up of these letters), mantrādhvā (mantras comprising the words), kalādhvā (aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on), tattvādhvā (the thirty six categories of Sāktāism) and bhuvanādhvā (various worlds).
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Alternatively it can mean the worship of the six deities viz., Siva, Viṣṇn, Durgā, Surya, Gaṇapati and Indusambhava (a Jain deity). By worshipping these six deities in his earlier lives, the śākta- sādhaka becomes fit to worship the Divine Mother.
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Divine Mother Lalitā is described (ivide name 991) in the Lalitāsahasranāma as beyond these six adhvās (ṣaḍadhvātīta- rupiṇī).
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Revision as of 03:52, 16 March 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sadadhva, SaDadhvA, Shadadhvaa


Ṣaḍadhvā literally means ‘six paths leading to the Divine’.

This is a special technical term of the Śakti sect, the sect of the Divine Mother. Adhvā means a path and sat means six.

According to the sect of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are:

  1. Varṇādhvā - letters of the alphabet
  2. Padādhvā - words made up of these letters
  3. Mantrādhvā - mantras comprising the words
  4. Kalādhvā - aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on
  5. Tattvādhvā - the thirty six categories of Śāktāism
  6. Bhuvanādhvā - various worlds

Alternatively, it can mean the worship of the six deities:

  1. Śiva
  2. Viṣṇu
  3. Durgā
  4. Sūrya
  5. Gaṇapati
  6. Indusambhava<ref.It is a Jain deity.</ref>

By worshiping these six deities in his earlier lives, the śākta-sādhaka becomes fit to worship the Divine Mother. Divine Mother Lalitā is described[1] in the Lalitāsahasranāma as beyond these six adhvās.[2]


References

  1. Lalitāsahasranāma 991
  2. Six adhvās means ṣaḍadhvātīta-rūpiṇī.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore