The real state of Bhairava is Bhairavi

Kashmir Shaivism is so rich and detailed in its theology and soteriology that it has been aptly described as “the mystical geography of awareness.” It includes a highly developed system of spirituality that emphasizes not only the intellectual understanding of its philosophy but also the direct realization, the direct experience, of its truth. For the...

What is japa in Kashmir Shaivism

In this excerpt from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, verses 155 - 156, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals what japa (repetition of a sacred word) really means and how to do it successfully. “Japa is automatic recitation of breath. It is available to everybody, 24 hours a day.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Listen to the audio...

There is no difference between energy and energy holder ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, (verse 14-18) Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why there is no difference between energy and energy holder (between Bhairavi/Bhairava or Shiva/Shakti or Shiva/Parvati) in Kashmir Shaivism. दिक्कालकलनोन्मुक्ता देशोद्देशाविशेषिणी । व्यपदेष्टुमशक्यासा- वकथ्या परमार्थतः ॥१४॥ अन्तः स्वानुभवानन्दा विकल्पोन्मुक्तगोचरा । यावस्था भरिताकारा भैरवी भैरवात्मनः ॥१५॥ तद्वपुस्तत्त्वतो...

Make your mind rest in-between, quote by Swami Lakshmanjoo

An interesting śāktopāya practice from the Vijnana Bhairava verse 68, to explore the state of in-between...   Dhāraṇā 45 वह्नेर्विषस्य मध्ये तु चित्तं सुखमयं क्षिपेत् । केवलं वायुपूर्णं वा स्मरानन्देन युज्यते ॥६८॥ vahnerviṣasya madhye tu cittaṁ sukhamayaṁ kṣipet / kevalaṁ vāyupūrṇaṁ vā smarānandena yujyate // 68 // Now He puts another process. It is śāktopāya. Make your...

In place of sugar candy... the essence of all Tantras

In this excerpt from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the answer to Parvati's question to the Lord, "The question You have put before Me is the essence of all Tantras (tantra sāram idaṁ priye)." प्रसादं कुरु मे नाथ निःशेषं छिन्धि संशयम् । prasādaṁ kuru me nātha niḥśeṣaṁ...

"Neither I am bound, nor I am liberated."

    Dhāraṇā 109 न मे बन्धो न मे मोक्षो जीवस्यैता विभीषिकाः । प्रतिबिम्बमिदं बुद्धे- र्जलेष्विव विवस्वतः ॥१३५॥ na me bandho na me mokṣo jīvasyaitā vibhīṣikāḥ /365 pratibimbamidaṁ buddher- jaleṣviva vivasvataḥ // 135 // “Na me bandho, I have no bondage.” “Na me mokṣo, I am not liberated.” “I am neither bound nor liberated.” This...

"All these things happen in this world –pain, pleasure, sorrow, sadness, excitement– all those things...". In this excerpt from the Vijnana Bhairava: The Manual for Self Realization, Swamiji reveals how to rise above it. indriyadvarakam sarvam sukhaduhkhadisamgamam / itindriyani samtyajya svasthah svatmani vartate // 136 // This is the technique of shaktopaya ending in shambhava [state]. Indriya...

From an article from the Speaking Tree by John Hughes (revised)... Universe as Divine Play of Diversity and Duality. Abhinavagupta tells us in his Tantraloka that “Moksha only exists when your being becomes absolutely independent. According to him, a yogi can only be said to be liberated when he possesses this absolute independence; nothing must limit...