Apr 23 2005, 02:25 PM
Looking around, I found this:
The monumental "A Survey of Hinduism" (1994) by the renowned Professor Klaus Klostermaier records that:
The earliest writings [of Kasmir Saivism, the most important North-Indian school of Saivism] belong to the eighth or ninth centuries, but the roots of the system may be several centuries older... [It teaches that] in individuals - sakti is present as Kundalini, represented as a coiled dormant snake. The innermost core of a human being is caitanya, consciousness, identical with Siva. Sakti-pata, descent of sakti, is the advent of grace (p 271).
Does anyone know about the different meanings behind the word Caitanya or have any related thoughts on this?
Apr 23 2005, 04:38 PM
A huge topic. I am not familiar enough with Sanskrit to comment meaningfully. But yes, words like cetana, caitanya, acintya (like in acintya-bheda-abheda tattva) are all related.
I see Jagat reading here, maybe he would like to offer a comment?
Apr 23 2005, 08:21 PM
Caitanya comes from the word cetana
, which stems from cit-
(to know, to conceive, to think), and it means something like "consciousness". There is a story in the CC when the Mayavadis
can't say "Krishna" but have no problems pronouncing "Chaitanya"
Apr 23 2005, 08:42 PM
* Non-Sarcastic: I feel it a waste to type out a one-liner post but I could not help but share my amusement and glee upon reading this recollection.
Apr 24 2005, 07:20 AM
One-liners are free here. You see.