Glimpses of Early Saiva Siddhanta. Echoes of doctrines ascribed to Brhaspati in the Sanskrit-Old Javanese Vrhaspatitattva

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2011

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Acri, Andrea

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Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Brhaspati is one of the earliest historical figures of the Śaiva Siddhānta. Although his works have not survived to us, fragments of textual evidence are found as˙ quotations scattered over the Śaiva commentarial literature. ese fragments have been gathered and thoroughly discussed in a recent article by Alexis Sanderson (), who has tentatively dated Brhaspati to the period between  and . Drawing upon the data presented by Sanderson, I will compare some doctrinal˙ themes ascribed to Brhaspati with similar ones found in the Sanskrit-Old Javanese Śaiva text Vrhaspatitattva˙ and argue that Brhaspati’s works might have been known in the pre-Islamic Indonesian Archipelago.

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Keywords: Abhinavagupta; Brahmayamala; Brhaspati; Brhaspatipada; Dharma Patanjala; Haravijaya; Jayaratha; Ksemaraja; Matanga; Maya; Old Javanese; Paœupatism; Patanjala; Patanjali; Ramakantha; Ratnakara; Rauravasutrasangraha; Rauravavarttika; Rudras; Saiva Siddhanta; Saivism; Sivatanu; Srikantha; Sadyojyotis; Sarvajnanottara; Siddhantatantras; Svayambhuvasutrasangraha; Tantraloka; Tattvajnana; Vidyeœvaras; Vrhaspatitattva

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Indo-Iranian Journal

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10.1163/001972411X552508

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2037-12-31