New PDF release: Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute

By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

ISBN-10: 8124605726

ISBN-13: 9788124605721

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The Paratrisika Vivarana through the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it truly is essentially the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism quite often. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this hard textual content available, by way of culling out the $64000 subject matters and delivering an interpretation. the focus is at the knowing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can are aware of it. The valuable topic of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. a lot of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the conception that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the entire of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it truly is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in keeping with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so proper in our occasions of fragmented features of existence and data looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This interesting publication 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), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi considering 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 learn articles. Her major fields of study 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 examine, Shimla. She has translated very important Sanskrit texts into German and English.

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

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P. 28. 31. Cf. S. tr. pp. 19-20 (Notes). 32. 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.

Thus there is a sense of inclusivity in the order of ascent through the levels of esoterically / spiritually "higher" traditions. They accept the "lower" levels of Saiva revelation also in the sense that they do not deny that their followers attain liberation through initiation (dfk$a) and regular ritual practice (samayacara) at the time of death. However, the higher the revelation, the more stress is put on knowledge over ritual, and primacy of non-dualism (between the soul, the world and the Divine) not only in philosophy, but also in practice: hence paramadvaita, an inclusive, not exclusive non-dualism, and advaitacara, "the practice of non-dualism," which includes the reversion of orthodox rules and prescriptions.

However, the higher the revelation, the more stress is put on knowledge over ritual, and primacy of non-dualism (between the soul, the world and the Divine) not only in philosophy, but also in practice: hence paramadvaita, an inclusive, not exclusive non-dualism, and advaitacara, "the practice of non-dualism," which includes the reversion of orthodox rules and prescriptions. Their ideal is liberation-in-life (jfvanmukti), which means a recognition of one's own divine nature (fsvarapratyabhijfia, svarupaprathana), or union with S iva/ Bhairava in a state of complete penetration (samavesa).

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