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

By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

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The Paratrisika Vivarana through the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is essentially the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism ordinarily. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this hard textual content obtainable, via culling out the $64000 topics and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can comprehend it. The valuable 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 conception that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the full of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it truly is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in accordance with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so suitable in our instances of fragmented elements of lifestyles and information looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This attention-grabbing publication is a crucial contribution to stories 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 stories (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi given that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine 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 complex learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is among the most efficient students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

From the Jacket
The Paratrisika Vivarana through the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is essentially the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism ordinarily. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this hard textual content obtainable, via culling out the $64000 topics and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can comprehend it. The valuable 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 conception that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the full of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it truly is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in accordance with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so suitable in our instances of fragmented elements of lifestyles and information looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This attention-grabbing publication is a crucial contribution to stories 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 stories (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi given that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine 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 complex learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is among the most efficient students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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Pp. 683-84 cognition itself (samvitkrama). g. :1I), there is a higher esoteric ·tradition in masculine or feminine or also of Trika centred on the Supreme, Absolute neuter form: Anuttara. Hence it is called Anuttara Trika, the Ultima te, Unsurpassable, or also Ekavfra "(the tradition of spiritual) heroes,"44 or Parakrama. ). We shall see in the context ,of the Tantra that Para is at the same time the Supreme Word (paravak). "45 We shall come to the spread of this esoteric tradition beyond Kashmir, especially in south India.

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.

INTRODUCTION I 37 • (Jiiandeva), Amrtanubhava (or Anubhavamrta), "The Experience of Immortal Nectar"91 in Maharashtra in the thirteenth century. The great Sanskrit scholars who developed the Sakta tradition of goddess Lalita, Umanandanatha (author of Nityotsava), Aparajitanandanatha (author of Saubhagyodaya) and the famous Bhaskararaya Makhin of Banaras (author of the Lalitiisahasranamabha�ya), etc. were also Maharashtrians. 94 In a Paippalada Atharvavedic ritual manual, mostly concerned with magic, one section is dedicated to Muktimahamantra and parajapavidhi, the rule for reciting the mantra of Para which has the sole purpose of leading to liberation.

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