Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute by Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

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The Paratrisika Vivarana by way of the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it's some of the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism as a rule. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, by way of culling out the real subject matters and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the knowing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can know it. The important subject of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. these kinds of reflections and practices are inscribed within the concept that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half comprises the complete of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in keeping with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so proper in our instances of fragmented facets of existence and information looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This interesting booklet is a crucial contribution to reviews and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.

Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of spiritual experiences (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi considering 1967, is the writer and editor of a few books and over 50 learn articles. Her major fields of analysis are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and non secular 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 complex learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

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

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In the words of A. , p. 124). • 44. Ekavfra because it is practised by siddluls who are "solitary heroes", without a female parb\er (dan) or yoginf. 45. A. Sanderson, "The Visualization of the Deities of the Trika", in: A. ), Images Divines, p. 80. In more recent publications Professor Sanderson has also adopted the correct spelling of the text as Pariltrfsika. 46. The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir, p. 376. 48 Hence the interpretation is based on such philosophical foundations as the non-dualism of Consciousness (sarhvidadvayavada), and of the doctrine of Recogniti,on (pratyabhijiia).

91-92. INTRODUCTION I 39 and hence from universal consciousness to individual consciousness. "Descending" is sometimes as difficult as "ascending," but what remains is the "impression of the state of absorption, union or immersion," samavesa samskara. It is that impression which not only protects from further hindrances, but which assures an approach to the text which is in congruence with its purport. In this sense I am laying my cards on the table by acknowledging my double adhikara: One is my initiation into Trika and Pratyabhijfia by its last Master, Swami Lakshman Joo of Kashmir, a unique personal union of saint and scholar, who was also the teacher of all important scholars on non-dual Saivism of Kashmir;98 the second is my training in European Indology.

Cf. tr. pp. 16-19, Skt. p. 6-Z • INTRODUCTION I 1 7 katham deva . . vrajet" is the pratijiitl or introduction of the topic. The intervening verses constitute the hetu (logical reason), udilharaIJa (example) and upanaya (application). a is a prose text, but as it is the tradition with any Sastra or commentary, it is framed by mmigalaslokas or benedictory verses, and concluded by summary and autobiographical verses. Both reveal a very personal touch of the author and his relationship with his teachers, his ancestors, parents, relatives and disciples.

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