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36 Tattvas (Saivism)

36 Tattvas (Saivism)
 
tattvas and their descriptions are as below. Atattva - ParaSiva or formless absolute Brahman who is beyond all the tattvas, symbolized by sivalinga, experienced in the state of samadhi 1 Siva (Chit) 1- 5 are Iswara-tattvas. They belong to the pure worlds.

6-10 are Shakti-tattvas.

11-16 are recognized as atma-tattvas .

17 - 36 are prakriti-tattvas. Through them Prakriti manifests gross bodies, organs, senses, sense-objects and other things of gross material.

2 Shakti (Kriya) Shakti-tattva is again subdivided into following five 6 Kaala (time) 7 Niyati (space) 8 Vidya (material knowledge) 9 Raga (passion) 10 Kala (power) 2 Sadasiva (Jnana and Kriya) 3 Iswara (Jnana and Kriya) 5 Sudda-Vidya (Jnana and Kriya) 11 Maya These are atma tattvas. The atma-tattvas (11-15) and the prakriti tattvas (17-36) manifest themselves in the jivas as their physical, mental and subtle bodies. The five shakti tattvas (1-5) veil the five Siva-tattvas (6-10) which give rise to limitations of experience and awareness. Atma-tattvas perpetuates these limitations till the jivas are liberated. 12 Purusha 13 Buddhi (wisdom) 14 Ahamkara (ego) 15 Manas 16 Prakriti 17-36 Prakriti-tattva is again subdivided into the following 20 17-21 Five Gnanendriyas The 5 Gnanendriyas 17 Srotra 18 Tvak 19 Chakshu 20 Jivha 21 Ghrana 22-26 Five Karmendriyas The 5 Karmendriyas 22 Vak 23 Pani 24 Pada 25 Payu 26 Upastha 27-31 Five Tanmantras The 5 Tanmantras 27 Shabda 28 Sparhsa 29 Rupa 30 Rasa 31 Gandha 32-36 Five Mahabhutas The 5 Mahabhutas 22 Akasha 33 23 Vayu 33 24 Agni 34 25 Apa 35 26 Prithvi 36
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