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36 Tattvas (Tantra)

The 36 consonants of the Sanskrit Alphabet correspond to 36 elements/causes (tattvas) of creation/consciousness, which are usually classed in 7 divisions (7 vargas):
 k c T t p y s
kavarga, cavarga, Tavarga, tavarga, pavarga Yavarga, Savarga
 
K kavarga Libra 5 Elements = 5 Gross Elements = 5 Physical Elements = 5 Mahabhutas
1 2 3 4 5
Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space
ka kha ga gha na
Tattva 36, Tattva 35, Tattva 34, Tattva 33, Tattva 32
 
C cavarga Scorpio 5 Sensations= 5 Impressions = 5 Subtle Elements = 5 Tanmatras 6 7 8 9 10
Scent, Taste, Sight, Touch, Hearing
ca cha ja jha na Tattva
31, Tattva 30, Tattva 29, Tattva 28, Tattva 27
 
T Tavarga Sagittarius The Instruments of Action = 5 Organs of Action = 5 Karmendriyas
11 12 13 14 15
Excreting, Sexing, Grasping, Moving, Speaking
ta tha da dha na
Tattva 26, Tattva 25, Tattva 24, Tattva 23, Tattva 22
 
t tavarga Capricorn The Instruments of Sensing = 5 Senses = 5 Jnanandriyas
16 17 18 19 20
Smelling, Tasting, Seeing, Feeling, Hearing
Tattva 21, Tattva 20, Tattva 19, Tattva 18, Tattva 17
ta tha da dha na
 
P pavarga Aquarius The Empirical Individual
21 22 23 24 25
Prakriti, Ahamkara, Buddhi, Manas, Purusha
pa pha ba bha ma
Tattva 16, Tattva 15, Tattva 14, Tattva 13, Tattva 12
 
Y Yavarga
Pisces Limitation of Maya
26 27 28 29 30
Action, Knowing, Desire, Time, Fate
ya ra la va la
Tattva 11, Tattva 10, Tattva 09, Tattva 08, Tattva 07
 
S savarga Virgo 5 Verities
31 32 33 34 35
sa sa sa ha
Kriya, Jnana, Iccha, Shakti, Shiva
Tattva 6, Tattva 5, Tattva 4, Tattva 3, Tattva 2
 
savarga + ha + Siva 36 Lla or Laa Shiva -Shakti Tattva 1 or Tattva 36
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