Dancing with Śiva

The 36 Tattvas: Categories of Existence

Atattva: Paraśiva (Śivaliṅga, Absolute Reality), beyond all categories
5 ŚUDDHA TATTVAS
Actinic or Pure Spiritual Energy

1) Śiva tattva: Parāśakti-Nāda (Satchidānanda, pure consciousness)

2) Śakti tattva: Parameśvara-Bindu (Naṭarāja, Personal God), energy, light and love

3) Sadāśiva tattva: the power of revealment (Sadāśiva)

4) Īśvāra tattva: the power of concealment (Maheśvara)

5) Śuddhavidyā tattva: dharma, pure knowing, the powers of dissolution (Rudra), preservation (Vishṇu) and creation (Brahmā)

7 ŚUDDHĀŚUDDHA TATTVAS
Actinodic or Spiritual-Magnetic Energy

6) māyā tattva: mirific energy

7) kāla tattva: time

8) niyati tattva: karma

9) kalā tattva: creativity, aptitude

10) vidyā tattva: knowledge

11) rāga tattva: attachment, desire

12) purusha tattva: the soul shrouded by the above five tattvas

24 AŚUDDHA TATTVAS
Odic or Gross-Magnetic Energy

13) prakṛiti tattva: primal nature

14) buddhi tattva: intellect

15) ahaṁkāra tattva: external ego

16) manas tattva: instinctive mind

17) śrotra tattva: hearing (ears)

18) tvak tattva: touching (skin)

19) chakshu tattva: seeing (eyes)

20) rasanā tattva: tasting (tongue)

21) ghrāṇa tattva: smelling (nose)

22) vāk tattva: speech (voice)

23) pāṇi tattva: grasping (hands)

24) pāda tattva: walking (feet)

25) pāyu tattva: excretion (anus)

26) upastha tattva: procreation (genitals)

27) śabdha tattva: sound

28) sparśa tattva: feel/palpation

29) rūpa tattva: form

30) rasa tattva: taste

31) gandha tattva: odor

32) ākāśa tattva: ether

33) vāyu tattva: air

34) tejas tattva: fire

35) āpas tattva: water

36) pṛithivī tattva: earth