By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

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The Paratrisika Vivarana by means of the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it's probably the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism mostly. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, by means of culling out the $64000 subject matters and providing an interpretation. the focus is at the realizing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can are aware of it. The significant subject of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. these kind of reflections and practices are inscribed within the concept that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half includes the entire of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it truly is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, according to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so appropriate in our instances of fragmented features of lifestyles 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 ebook 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 stories (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi considering the fact that 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 complex learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is likely one of the leading students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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Translating and interpreting a text over a thousand years of history into a • completely different historical, cultural, social, psychological, religious, spiritual context is a task which requires a conscious effort, ideally taking into account ' all these factors which have shaped the original text in the first instance, and which shape our understanding of it today. Even if this exercise is taking place in an Indian context, it is nevertheless an intercultural exercise, starting from the very language in which this hermeneutics is expressed, which is already shaped by another culture and philosophy or theology.

Hanneder, Abhinavagupta's Philosophy of Revelation. 23. Apart from his Stotra Anuttarti$tika (given in Appendix). A. Sanderson also doubts Abhinavagupta's authorship, cf. The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir, p. 381. It is quoted by Jayaratha on the Tantraloka. 24. Interestingly, Jayaratha explains this title by: srf-paratrfsikavivara1Jildavityartha�, vo!. IV, p. 1883, implying that there are other texts by Abhinavagupta which could receive the same title. " We have to look at the context to understand the implications.

We have to look at the context to understand the implications. l95-197 - The various Sastras contain different branches of knowledge, including ritual and philosophical, magic and the arts. And all this is to be understood in the context of the categories of existence or levels of reality, the 36 tattvas. 198). l99 • • • I<1;;emaraja makes it clear that prakriya knowledge alone, the pre-condition of which is sivadrk�a, leads to liberation. Compared to this all other categories of knowledge are inferior..

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