Sakta Agamas

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The Sakta Agamas are a series of texts that cover various theoretical and practical aspects of life and worship for Hindus who follow Saktism, which believes in Sakti (Shakti) as the supreme deity. The Sakta Agamas are more commonly referred to as the Sakta Tantras.

The other two main categories of agamas are the Vaisnava Agamas (Vaishnavism) and the Saiva Agamas (Saivism). Each agama is composed of four paths or parts (padas): jnana (knowledge), yoga, kriyas (rituals) and charyas (worship).

Yogapedia explains Sakta Agamas

The number of Sakta Agamas typically varies from 27 to 77, depending on the source and tradition. The Sakta Agamas promote worship of Shakti in her various forms as the Divine Mother and Supreme Deity. Shakti represents the creative energy aspect of the Divine.

In yoga, shakti is both a symbolic and actual energy that lies dormant in the body. Through yogic practices, this energy must be activated to reach the goal of spiritual liberation.

In addition to the spiritual, devotional and ritualistic aspects of worship, what distinguishes the Sakta Agamas is their focus on occult and mystical knowledge and practices.

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