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Shaivism - Concepts and symbols - Contrast

Identifier

022541

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Somewhat tucked away in the general philosophical texts is the key concept of contrasts. The divine is defined as “that in which contraries exist”.  It does not seem to have as prominent place as it does in, for example, Zoroastrianism, but this may be more a reflection of the loss of texts than a reflection of relative importance.

A description of the experience

Alain Danielou – While the Gods Play

The importance of the Darshana(s) rests in their contrasts. It is because of their divergences, contrasts, and incompatibilities that we have some idea of the nature of the world.

The transcendent or divine reality of the world is defined as "that in which opposites coexist"'

The source of the experience

Shaivism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Contrast

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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