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Sandhabhasa

'O Sariputra, The Sandhabhasya of the Tathagatas is very difficult .'

The '' Sandhyabhasa '' ('language of light and darkness') is a twilight language that has traditionally veiled the transmission of esoteric teachings.  The twilight language served once to code the knowledge as well as to increase the intuition of the pupils.

The initiates were anxious to protect the teachings from immature students and from the practitioners of the black path. An allegorical secret symbolism was therefore common not only in Tantric Shivaism but also in the Puranas and in the Vedas.

The Mahayana and the tantric buddhism (Vajrayana) also use their specific  symbolism.

The word gaṇḍa in the Gandavyuha - Sutra  also means 'a language with double meaning'.

The Hevajra Tantra teaches that there is a secret language and the great convention of the Yoginis, which can not be unraveled by the Shravakas and others.

Thai bhikkhu Buddhadasa had explored the importance of the symbolic language in the Pali Canon  in a number of lectures and publications.

Matsyendranath and Daripada from the Natha Pantha also wrote their poems in the ''Sandhya bhasa'' symbol language.

In spiritual alchemy, a graphic symbolism was a means of spreading also because of church and authority.

Some teachers of Sufism used the Balaibalan language (translated as: language made alive) after execution of some masters.

Correspondingly texts were consciously esoteric, symbolic and full of allusions.

== Literature ==

  • The Twilight Language: Explorations in Buddhist Meditation and Symbolism, Roderick Bucknell - Martin Stuart-Fox, 1986, ISBN-13: 978-0312825409 ISBN-10: 0312825404
  • Nordstrom, Lou (January 1989). "The Twilight Language: Explorations in Buddhist Meditation and Symbolism by Roderick S. Bucknell; Martin Stuart-Fox". Philosophy East and West. 39 (1): 104–106.
  • The Literary Heritage of Sonepur , Nayak, Pabitra Mohan (2006), Orissa Review , May 2006, S. 72–79
  •  Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, Judith Simmer-Brown, Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications, 2002 , ISBN 978-1-57062-920-4
  • Bucknell, Roderick; Stuart-Fox, Martin (1986). The Twilight Language: Explorations in Buddhist Meditation and Symbolism. London: Curzon Press. ISBN 0-312-82540-4.
  • Nayak, Pabitra Mohan (2006) - Orissa Review , May 2006, S. 72–79
  • INTENTION AND SUGGESTION IN THE ABHIDHARMAKOŚA: SANDHĀBHĀṢĀ REVISITED , MICHAEL M. BROIDO, Journal of Indian Philosophy , Vol. 13, No. 4 (DECEMBER 1985), Springer, pg. 327-381
  •  Connotative Semiotics in Mahayoga Tantra - Ritual and Scripture, Christian K. Wedemeyer
  • Sri Aurobindo : Secret of the veda - the inner symbolism

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