In the Tripura Gayatri, what does ‘Klinne’ Refer to?
September 2006

Austin asked: Tripurasundari vidmahe, Kameshwari dhimahi, tanno klinne pracodayat What is 'Klinne'? Can anyone tell me? I've read it means "wetness", but what does this refer to? The "celestial" waters? Len
Celestial waters, if they speak to you of Shakti.

Sexual wetness, too, of course.

The moistness of living things. The Celts spoke of the Cauldron of the Dagda, which was called "the Un-Dry" because it was always full of food, you could never empty it. That wetness is implied by "klinne," too.

Llundrub
Also Vajravarahi, the endlessly nurturing stream of maya.

Sriram Tenneti
The word has been approximated to mean "Sweetness" in some translations.

Devi Bhakta
Tannah klinne pracodayat: "may it propel us toward klinne, or wetness."

“The rigidity of our bodies results from the fact that we are normally operating in our Muladhara Chakra. So the first transformation is from rigidity to flow. Like liquid you try to create a flow. That means initiating the movement of the Kundalini Shakti from the rigidity of the solid (i.e. Muladhara or Earth chakra) to the liquid state (Swadhishtana, the second, or water chakra), and so on up to lightness. This refers to the orgasmic release from all of your tensions, including sexual tensions.”
-- Sri Amritananda

Kartik Gaurav
That particular Gayatri of Tripura Sundari has become famous primarily because of Mantra Mahodadhi, which gives it as one of the many shapa uddhAra mantras (this is from memory, so there is a good chance I am wrong).

Klinne, I think, is short for soft-hearted or merciful. It is also one of the bijas to the Bala Sundari Dipika mantra. Consider: KlinnaH hridaya or viklinna are good examples. You can look up the root word Klinna and various derivatives; I mean, that’s what I'd do.

There are other interpretations of this particular term that are expressed in the context of yoni. The same treatment is given to terms such as kundoNbhava or bhaga. They have various interpretations, and the "true" meaning would depend on your bhava. You can also look at deeper discussions of Devi in your favorite tantras; they will define for you the iconography and various different explanations of Shri Mata; based on those you can come up with your own personal definition.

Nora
Is it possible the Klinna here it’s referring to Nitya Klinna. She is one of the Nitya Devis.

Sri Nityaklinna is red with red raiment and smeared with red sandal paste. Three eyes enhance the beauty of her eyes. On her forehead are beads of sweat shining like pearls. Above it is the half-moon. In her four hands, she holds noose, goad, drinking cup and the gesture of Abhaya. She is seated in the middle of a lotus, listless with desire. She is bedecked with ornaments studded with precious stones. Couples who worship her will be very congenial. She fills love and affection in word and deed. Amba grants a feeling of unity in the family i.e., parents and their children will show mutual love and affinity. He who attains her Siddhi is said to become more beautiful than Manmatha.

Klinna also can mean one who is melting

So as I see it: She who is full of desire or the desirous one or to fill with desire. She who is the desire of Kamesvara?

Another interpretation: It's a characteristic of the world. Like every wave melts back into the sea. Sugar or salt melt into water --you can still taste but no longer separate. It's just another view of Devi's cosmic function -- forever creating and then reabsorbing. This moisture or melting idea reminds us of that and in kaulacharya everything comes back to the body.

Maharadanatha
No matter if this is what Klinne means, beyond doubt what you say is full of immaculate truth. (In my opinion of course and who am I?)

Nora’s wrote : So as I see it: She who is full of desire or the desirous one or to fill with desire. She who is the desire of Kamesvara? Another interpretation: It's a characteristic of the world. Like every wave melts back into the sea. Sugar or salt melt into water -- you can still taste but no longer separate. It's just another view of Devi's cosmic function -- forever creating and then reabsorbing. This moisture or melting idea reminds us of that and in kaulacharya everything comes back to the body.

Applied to the human cognizer it is the state where consciousness assumes no distinct locality neither as cognizer, nor act of cognition or object, it melts and mixes and causes to flow, and in this way the cognizer creates and dissolves himself.

This then is also the supreme substance, the Purnima Kala, emitted when melting the chandra mandala in the brain center and being aware of the flow.

Beautified by Bliss owing to the perfect coincidence of seed and womb this linga, heart of the Yogini engenders an indescribable consciousness. (Tantraloka)

Llundrub
The one for whom you happily melt into leaving no remainder. Joy of union. Sweet!



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