Grace explained by Abhinavagupta in Tantraloka

Swami Lakshmanjoo comments on Abhinavagutpa's Tantraloka 13, in which he explains that limited actions do not cause. Kashmir Shaivism says that these are the signs by which you can understand that grace is there. This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka Ch13, which is part of the Grace and Spiritual Practice study set.   vairagyam bhogavairasyam...

"Complete knowledge and complete action is the formation of Śiva" ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Light on Tantra in Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals what is knowledge and what is ignorance. "Complete knowledge and complete action is the formation of Śiva" ~Swami Lakshmanjoo C) The two ways of Knowledge and Ignorance (36–45) Now, he explains in the following ślokas what is knowledge and...

What is liberation in Kashmir Shaivism (Tantraloka)

In this excerpt from The Light on Tantra in Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the nature of liberation (mokṣa). B) The nature of Liberation - Mokṣa (31–35) Now the thirty-first [śloka]: Audio 2 - 0:02 स्वतन्त्रात्मातिरिक्तस्तु तुच्छोऽतुच्छोऽपि कश्चन। न मोक्षो नाम तन्नास्य पृथङ्नामापि गृह्यते॥३१॥ svatantrātmātiriktastu tuccho’tuccho’pi kaścana / na mokṣo nāma tannāsya pṛthaṅnāmāpi gṛhyate...

You have to develop awareness in such a way that this consciousness of that centering your mind pervades in each and every movement, in dull movement and conscious movement also. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka, Chapter 5,  verse 11-15) Swami Lakshmanjoo revealed why we should practice and how (in Kashmir Shaivism). "How you should travel on that individual way, he says in this next śloka." "You have to develop awareness in such a way that this consciousness of that centering your mind pervades in each and every movement, in...

The important two kinds of Knowledge in Kashmir Shaivism

In this section from the Light on the Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo is explaining two different types of knowledge that are important in Kashmir Shaivism. Intellectual knowledge is nourished by that pauruṣa jñāna and pauruṣa jñāna is nourished by that intellectual knowledge, side-by-side. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Audio 2 - 13:11 अहमित्थमिदं वेद्मीत्येवमध्यवसायिनी।...

Mokṣa (liberation) will only come into existence by depriving the ajñāna (ignorance) of puruṣa. Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the just published Light on Tantra in Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the nature of ignorance in Kashmir Shaivism. General Introduction A) The nature of Ignorance (22–30) Audio 1 - 42:04 इह तावत्समस्तेषु शास्त्रेषु परिगीयते। अज्ञानं संसृतेर्हेतुर्ज्ञानं मोक्षैककारणम्॥२२॥ iha tāvatsamasteṣu śāstreṣu parigīyate / ajñānaṁ saṁsṛterheturjñānaṁ mokṣaikakāraṇam //22// In this...

The Real Cause of Liberation in Kashmir Shaivism

Due to preparations for the Celebrations of the Birthday of Swami Lakshmanjoo and our work on the soon to be published Tantraloka we will take a break from the "weekly excerpts" until after the Spring retreat in May. Thank you for your consideration.Liberation in Kashmir Shaivism is very different from liberation in other system, i.e. Buddhism,...

Mala is absence of knowledge. Mala is not something substantial. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what Malas (Impurities) really are in Kashmir Shaivism. "This mala is very subtle. . . . Mala is neither formless nor with form. It is just ignorance . . . It doesn’t allow knowledge to function, knowledge is stopped.  Mala is absence of knowledge. Mala is not something substantial. So this absence of knowledge...