Shiva Sutras – Sambhavopaya

It is interesting to note that the Shiva sutras is divided into sambhavopaya = sambhava + upaya which is “approaching the possibility”, shaktopaya = shakti + upaya which is “approaching the energy” and Anavopaya = Anava + upaya = “approaching the human”.

Each of these starts at a starting point. The “Sambhavapaya” starts with “caitanya atma” which is “intelligent self”, the “Shaktopaya” starts with “cittah mantrah” which is “deliberating thoughts” and the “Anavopaya” starts with “atma cittam” which is the “self thoughts”. The second line here states what is happening to these in the first line, I think. So the “Sambhavapaya” says “jnanam bandah” which is “limiting knowledge”, the “Shaktopaya” says “prayatnah sadhakah” which becomes “articulating goals” and the “Anavopaya” says “jnanam bandah” again which is “limiting knowledge”. So we have “limiting the knowledge of the intelligent self”, “articulating goals by deliberating thoughts” and “limiting knowledge of the self thoughts”, subsequently what follows is I believe, what happens when this happens.

Here, I have translated the first one “Sambhavopaya” or approaching the possibility. It goes as below:

caitanyamatma = caitanya + atma = intelligent + self 
= intelligent self

jnanam bandhah = knowledge + a limitation
= limited by knowledge

yonivargah kalasariram = yoni + vargah + kala + sariram = origin + discriminate indistinct + body
= origin of discriminating indistinct body

jnanadhisthanam matrika = jnana + adhisThanam + matrika = knowing + basis + all
= knowledge being the basis of all

The following translation:

The intelligent self limited by knowledge is the origin of the discriminating indistinct body where knowledge becomes the basis of everything.

udyamo bhairavah = rising of + unmanifested 
= rising of unmanifested (or manifesting of the unmanifested)

saktihcakrasandhane visvasamharah 
= sakti + cakra + saMdan + vishva + samharah 
= energy + cycle + act of cutting + universe + coming together
= act of cutting the energy cycle coming together of the universe

The following translation:

Manifesting of the unmanifested is the act of cutting the energy cycle and coming together into a universe

jagratsvapnasusuptabhede turyabhogasambhavah 
= jagrat + svapna + susupta + bhede + turya + bhoga + sambhavah 
= waking + dream + deep sleep + differentiating + turiya + experience + cause
= waking, dream, deep sleep differentiating causing the experience of turiya

jnanam jagrat = knowing + awakening
= awakening of knowledge (or knowing waking)

svapno vikalpah = dream + imagination / thinking
= imagining dream

aviveko mayasausuptam 
= absence of judgement + delusion + deep sleep
= absence of judgemental delusion in deep sleep

tritayabhokta viresah 
= tritaya + bhokta + vIr + esha 
= these three + experiencing + chief + seeking
= all these three experiencing the chief seeking

vismayo yogabhumikah 
= perplexed + yoga + bhUmika = union + part played
= perplexed by part played by the union

The following translation:

Differentiating between waking, dream and deep sleep causing to experience the turiya state, knowing waking, imagining dream and absence of judgement in deep sleep, all three experiencing the chief seeking perplexed by the part played by the union.

I wonder what the chief seeking is or union of what. Mostly union of the three states in the universe. I wonder if the chief seeking is to experience the turiya state?

iccha saktiruma kumari = iccha sakthi + uma kumari 
= ability to wish +quite / tranquil + playful
= ability to wish in playful tranquility(??)

drisyam shariram = visible / appears + solid body
= visible body
= appears as solid body

hridaye cittasamghattad drisyasvapnadarsanam 
= hridaye = within heart 
citta + saMghaTTa + tad = awareness + saMghaTa = piled up + that 
drishya + svapna + darsanam = scene + dream + seeing
= awareness piled up within the heart seeing the dream scene

shuddha-tattva-samdhanadva'pasusaktih 
= shuddha + tattva + samdhAnad + va + apAsu + saktih 
= pure + principle + binding together + and + lifeless + energy
= binding together the pure principle and lifeless energy

The following translation:

Ability to wish in playful tranquility, piled up as awareness within the heart seeing the dream scene binding together the pure principle and life energy

vitarka atmajnanam = vitarka + atma + jnanam 
= reasoning / deliberation + self + knowledge
= deliberating on self-knowledge

lokanantah samadhisukham = loka + anantah + samadhi + sukham 
= world + endless + coming together + willing
= endless world coming together willingly

saktisandhane sharirotpattih = sakti + sandhane + sharira + utpattih 
= energy + uniting + body + emerges
= energy uniting body emerges

The following translation:

Deliberating on self-knowledge endless world coming together willingly energy uniting body emerges

bhutasamdhana-bhutaprithaktvavisvasamghattah 
= bhuta + samdhana + bhuta + pra + thattva + vishva + samghaTTah 
= becoming + united / together + becoming +  before +  principle + universe + heaped / piled
= becoming united becomes first principle of universe gathered / heaped

suddhavidyodyaccakresatva-siddhih 
= shuddha + vidya + udaya + cakra + eshanta + siddhih 
= pure + knowledge + rising + circle + absolute oneness + achievement / result
= pure knowledge arising of the result of circle of absolute oneness (???)

mahahridanusamdhanan mantraviryanubhavah =
maha + hrida + anusandhanam + mantra + vIrya + anubhavah 
= great + mental activity +searching into + deliberating + consequence + perception
great mental activity searching and deliberating the consequence of perception

This following translation:

becoming united becomes the first principle of universe heaped, pure knowledge arising due to the result of the circle of absolute oneness creating great mental activity searching and deliberating the consequence of perception

So, reading it all together:

The intelligent self limited by knowledge is the origin of the discriminating indistinct body where knowledge becomes the basis of everything. Manifesting of the unmanifested is the act of cutting the energy cycle and coming together into a universe, differentiating between waking, dream and deep sleep causing to experience the turiya state, knowing waking, imagining dream and absence of judgement in deep sleep, all three experiencing the chief seeking perplexed by the part played by the union. Ability to wish in playful tranquility, piled up as awareness within the heart seeing the dream scene binding together the pure principle and life energy, deliberating on self-knowledge endless world coming together willingly energy uniting body emerges, becoming united becomes the first principle of heaped universe. Pure knowledge arising due to the result of the circle of absolute oneness creating great mental activity searching and deliberating the consequence of perception.

 

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