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The Paratrisika Vivarana by means of the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth 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 commonly. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content available, by means of culling out the $64000 subject matters and supplying an interpretation. the main target is at the realizing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can are aware of it. The crucial 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 comprises the total of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in accordance with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so suitable in our occasions of fragmented facets 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 attention-grabbing publication is a vital contribution to experiences and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.

Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of spiritual reports (Visiting Professor at a number of universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi considering the fact that 1967, is the writer and editor of a few books and over 50 study 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 without doubt one of the most suitable students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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Icant in two ways: 1. That the entire purport of the Pariltrfsikii is related to Anuttara; and 2. Prakriya is more than a method or procedure, it has a very specific meaning. The title of the present work is one possible translation of Anuttaraprakriya, taking prakriya in the sense of hermeneutics, which is true, as we shall see in the first part: "Hermeneutics. " But prakriya is obvioasly more than a linguistic or philosophical elaboration of the idea or "concept" of anuttara, it is very much a practical approach, be it by way of ritual or yoga.

V. 25), introducing the central mantra: hrdayabfja, "the seed of the heart" (SAVI;I). He stresses the import of the Tantra which leads to 83. 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.

34. Cf. concluding verses 14-16. 35. , pp. 22, 32 (in Prakrt), 72-74, 99-100 mostly introduced by: ayam ti1tparyartha� or sarhk$epartha�. 36. R. Gnoli notes in his introduction to the PTV (pp_ XXX111- that this kind of Kashmiri Apabhramsa is no longer understood by any Kashmiri pru;t<;iit and that the passages in question are very corrupt and can therefore not be emended. Similar summary verses in Prakrt in the Tantrasara are accompanied by a Sanskrit chiiya which is not the case in the Vivara1Ja.

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