Tags: agama

Samhitas of Vaikhanasa Agama

We had prepared in the past a list of important pāncarātra āgamas. A similar list was also prepared for vaikhānasa but it was lost in chaos for some reason. Below is what remains of it. Sage vikhanasa, the originator of the vaikh&#2… more »

shAkta siddhAnta – 15

The shAktas believe in the importance of Self-realization as a means to mokSha. It is said to be of a determinate nature and expresses itself in the form of recognition (pratyabhijnA). The sequence of the preliminary state may be described as follows:… more »

mahAkailAsanAtha dhyAnam

It is said, in suprabhedAgama, that study, involvement or discussions related to nAstika mata-s such as bauddha and jaina darshanas result in immense pApa. The prAyashchitta here is meditating on the Cosmic form of mahAkailAsanAtha. [Devanagari versio… more »


Tarka, which refers to the philosophical doctrine based on logic, speculation, reasoning or confutation, is considered to be a very important aspect of Indian thought. The Tantras list tarka as one of the angas of yoga - as employing the right mode of t… more »

pAncharAtra saMhitA - 2

A few definitions of Agama: The popular one: AgataM shivavaktrebhyo gataM cha girijAshrutau | mataM shrIvAsudevasya tasmAdAgama uchyate || A more descriptive definition from our favorite bR^ihadvArAhI tantra: sR^iShTishcha pralayashchaiva devatAnA… more »

A pAncharAtra controversy

guruvAtapurIshvaro vijayate Many smArta yatis seem to be worshipping in shrIvaiShNava kShetras and this has been accepted as a norm lately. However, some shrIvaiShNava scholars strongly object to this practice. The following is a summary of their stand… more »