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Ṣaḍadhvā literally means ‘six paths leading to the Divine’.
 
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:
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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. According to the sect of the Divine Mother, there are six paths of spiritual discipline that lead to the Divine Mother. They are:
 
# Varṇādhvā - letters of the alphabet
 
# Varṇādhvā - letters of the alphabet
 
# Padādhvā - words made up of these letters
 
# Padādhvā - words made up of these letters
 
# Mantrādhvā - mantras comprising the words
 
# Mantrādhvā - mantras comprising the words
# Kalādhvā - aspects such as vidyā or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on
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# Kalādhvā - aspects such as [[vidyā]] or knowledge, śānti or peace and so on
 
# Tattvādhvā - the thirty six categories of Śāktāism
 
# Tattvādhvā - the thirty six categories of Śāktāism
 
# Bhuvanādhvā - various worlds
 
# Bhuvanādhvā - various worlds
  
Alternatively, it can mean the worship of the six deities:
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Alternatively, it can mean the [[worship]] of the six [[deities]]:
# Śiva
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# [[Śiva]]
# Viṣṇu
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# [[Viṣṇu]]
 
# Durgā
 
# Durgā
 
# Sūrya
 
# Sūrya
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# Indusambhava<ref.It is a Jain deity.</ref>
 
# 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<ref>Lalitāsahasranāma  991</ref> in the Lalitāsahasranāma to be beyond these six adhvās.<ref>Six adhvās means ṣaḍadhvātīta-rūpiṇī.</ref>
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By worshiping these six [[deities]] in his earlier lives, the [[Śākta|śākta]]-sādhaka becomes fit to [[worship]] the Divine Mother. Divine Mother Lalitā is described<ref>[[Lalitāsahasranāma]] 991</ref> in the [[Lalitāsahasranāma]] to be beyond these six adhvās.<ref>Six adhvās means ṣaḍadhvātīta-rūpiṇī.</ref>
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 17:16, 19 December 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 to be 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