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In Śaiva Siddhānta theology, the name by which Śiva (Parameśvara), as pure consciousness (cit) and the dispenser of grace, is distinguished from the other two principal categories of beings, paśu (‘souls’) and pāśa (‘bonds’). Pati's realm consists of liberated souls, some of which are united with Śiva but distinct from him, others of which are only partially liberated and assume manifestations to do the Lord's bidding.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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