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Kapalika

Mind is a Mantra
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:33:41 am »
Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta

Sāktopāya 2.1

Cittaṃ Mantraḥ

I translate it as:

"Mind is Mantra."

But the more popular translation:

"Mind is a Mantra"

A quote from the Jaideva Singh commentaries on the matter:

"Citta in this context is not used in the usual sense of mind but in the sense of aspiring mind, mind aspiring for communion with the Supreme I-consciousness of Shiva."

Emphasis added, since the "I" can be easy to miss.

Discuss your thoughts and impressions.
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Re: Mind is a Mantra
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2018, 12:05:36 pm »
My understanding of "chittam mantra" is mind becomes mantra. Mantra in itself translates to "Mann" (meaning the mind) + "Tra" (To liberate). Hence, freedom of/from the mind.  This could be synonymous to the communion with the I-consciousness of Shiva or freedom from the world of causality.   

Kapalika

Re: Mind is a Mantra
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 01:33:17 am »
My understanding of "chittam mantra" is mind becomes mantra. Mantra in itself translates to "Mann" (meaning the mind) + "Tra" (To liberate). Hence, freedom of/from the mind.  This could be synonymous to the communion with the I-consciousness of Shiva or freedom from the world of causality.


Wasn't aware of the root meaning of the word, thank you for that tidbit!
https://kapalika.com

My religion is Satanism & Kashmir Shaivism via Vāmācāra

"We have none but evidence for the prosecution [against Satan] and yet we have rendered the verdict. To my mind, this is irregular. It is un-English. It is un-American; it is French." ... "We may not pay him reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents." - Mark Twain
"God and the individual are one. To realize this is the essence of Shaivism." - Swami Lakshmanjoo