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Beginning with ii and continuing on to ah, the fifteen post-an utta ra svaras coincide with the fifteen tithis. 93 The third letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, i, emanates from the Absolute as a vibratory potentiality for dynamism. I corresponds to icchiisakti, "the energy of will," and describes absolute Siva's first signs of intentign within the emanation of the manifest universe. At the level of i, though, the will still lies dormant in a non-agitated state. The eighth chapter of the TS reads, "The power of will has indeed for nature a 92 Padoux, Vac, 245.
47 In many ways the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet epitomizes the x + 1 concept mentioned above. In the PTV, a embodies the x + 1 aspect of Tantric metaphysics as it is described as the seventeenth kala, encompassing and representing itself as the whole of the sixteen kalas. e. so In the same vein a is also considered beyond aniihata, "unstruck," sound. Later in the same commentary Abhinavagupta writes: So it is being decisively propounded here that ' a' is the stage of the highest sound (paravagbhumi]J) in which alone of these letters there is the non-conventional, eternal, natural form consisting only of consciousness.
41 phonemes are in complete disarray in madhyamii; vowels and consonants appear completely randomly with the alphabet beginning with na and ending with pha. 65 Unlike the letters, though, the tattvas remain in their regular order. The first sixteen letters of miilinf (na to ga) align with the Siva-Sakti aspect of differentiated reality while the remaining thirty-four letters (gha to pha) match up with the corresponding tattvas in descending order, sadasiva tattva to prthivf tattva. 66 The first, from the PTV, describes it as the dynamic energy of Sakti emerging from the reflections of the pasyanlf stage.