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Sacred Threads

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Author(s): Zotter, Christof
Threads have great symbolic value in Hindu traditions not only as material objects used in ritual but also metaphorically as can be seen in the case of the terms guṇa and sūtra, which both literally mean thread or cord. While guṇa is the term used for the three basic material constituents and the material cause of creation ( prakṛti) in Sāṃkhya philosophy, sūtra designates the authoritative guidelines and manuals of the Śāstras (authoritative texts of the disciplines and sciences) and the short aphoristic rules that these texts consist of (see Sūtras). D…
Date: 2019-01-30