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By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

ISBN-10: 8124605726

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The Paratrisika Vivarana through the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is probably the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism commonly. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content available, through culling out the real topics and supplying an interpretation. the focus is at the realizing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can understand it. The primary topic of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. some of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the conception that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half includes the total of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, according to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so appropriate in our occasions of fragmented features of lifestyles and data looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This interesting e-book is a vital contribution to reports and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.

Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of non secular reports (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi seeing that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine articles. Her major fields of analysis are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and spiritual traditions of Orissa, and comparative mysticism. She has been Coordinator of the Indira Gandhi nationwide Centre for the humanities, Varanasi, and Fellow, Indian Institute of complicated learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is without doubt one of the most excellent students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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Even then it is unavoidable that there are knots in the text that I have not been able to solve. The choice before me was to write a scholarly commentary which would be meaningful and accessible only to specialists, or to try to open up the text for the understanding of readers interested in the philosophy and spirituality of the tradition of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism. 99 I may add a biographical as well as geographical personal note: The south Indian commentary on the Pariitrfsika, the Tatparyatfka,l00 praises Siva as dwelling in four sacred places, which are the four centres for the tradition of the Trika or Anuttara Trika.

See Introduction to the KSTS edition of the Laghuvrtti. 84. kenapyarvaCfnena pa1JQitena viracita kapi tfkii ya tenacaryabhinavaguptakrteti prakhyapitii mahiitmyavardhanarthamasya� . . (Pariitrfsikiilaghuvrtti�), 2005, pp. 375-76. ss • It is precisely by the mantra (SAUI:I) that the meditation of Para can be recognised, beyond ritual and iconic worship. 87 Since he has attained enlightenment from his guru, Abhinavagupta, it is also clear that he received from him the initiation into the (mantra of) Para.

He who penetrates in the body achieves liberation. 67 Unless one enters into the spirit of the kulalkaula tradition, the neologism "Embodied Cosmos" will not help the reader to understand the implications. For, as in the case of consciousness, the body also carries such different connotations in the non-dualist Tantras. " These remarks on the untranslatability of the specific terms and concepts of Trika only intend to state the problem, and to remain aware of the implications, they cannot solve the difficulties involved.

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