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Ten Tasks in Shaiva Siddhanta For The Spiritual Evolution Of Soul Towards Liberation

The ten tasks in the spiritual evolution of soul towards liberation as per Shaiva Siddhanta is known as Dasa Karyam.

The ten tasks are:
  1. Understanding the cognitive functions of the mind as occasioned by the 36 physical categories constitutes the first task or stage called tattva rupam.
  2. Understanding that these are inert instruments, not the conscious self. This is called tattva darshanam.
  3. Variable states of experience like waking, dreaming and sleeping are distinguished from the constant self. This is called tattva shuddhi.
  4. The soul knows itself as essentially free from accidental adjuncts. This is atma roopam.
  5. The soul’s self-appreciation called atma darshanam.
  6. The soul stands, bereft of all ego and self-will, makes no decision and initiates no action of its own. This is atma shuddhi.
  7. As a result of the instruction by the preceptor, awareness dawns that it is the grace of God that breaks the soul’s identification with body mind. This is called Shiva roopam.
  8. Soon this self-esteem is abandoned and the soul acknowledges that the Lord’s grace alone was really the cause of release. This is Shiva darshanam.
  9. Then the soul is made aware of the Lord’s primacy and power to draw it to Himself in a unifying experience. This is Shiva Yogah.
  10. Lastly, the soul stays wholly in blissful love towards Shiva. This is Shiva Bhogah. Since this is the summum bonum for the soul, this is also known as atma-labhah. This state is not a post-mortem condition, but attainable even while one lives in the body. These ten tasks and stages are explained by Umapati.
The Parakhyatantra – A Scripture of the Saiva Siddhanta (2004) Dominic Goodall – French Institute of Pondicherry and Ecole franaise d’Estreme-Orient (Puducherry).
Encyclopedia of Hinduism Volume III page 318 - IHRF