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36 Tattvas

Tattvas are entities, principles, essences.
 
In Samkhya there are 24 Tattvas
In Vedanta there are 36 Tattvas
Their arrangement varies in different systems.
 
In Shaivism: 5 Iswara Tattvas Tattvas 1-5
5 Shakti Tattvas (Maya + 5 Kancukas) Tattvas 6-10 Sat Kancukas
5 Atma Tattvas Tattvas 11-16
5 Jnanendriyas Tattvas 17-21 = 5 Organs of Perception
5 Karmendriyas Tattvas 22-26 = 5 Organs of Action
5 Tanmatras Tattvas 27-31 = 5 Subtle Elements
5 Mahabhutas Tattvas 32-36 = 5 Gross Elements
 
In Kashmir Saivism
5 Suddha Pure Principles Tattvas 1-5
7 Suddha-Asuddha Pure-Impure Principles Tattvas 6-12
24 Asuddha Impure Principles Tattvas 13-36
 
In Tantra: 5 Suddha Pure Principles Tattvas 1-5
7 Suddha-Asuddha Pure-Impure Principles Tattvas 6-12
24 Asuddha Impure Principles Tattvas 12-36
The 36 tattvas are associated with the 36 consonants and multiplied by the 16 Nityas to produce 576, a key number in determining Yugas. cf. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/The-36-tattvas-in-Kashmir-Shaivism.gif
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