In sensual pleasures, what should you do? (in Kashmir Shaivism) ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

"This is my new commentary on this Bhagavad Gītā." Swami Lakshmanjoo exclaims as he tells us what we should do when eating and while experiencing śabda (sound), sparśa (touch), rupa (form) . . . all of the sensual pleasures. In sensual pleasures, what should you do? Read transcript along with audio on our blog http://www.lakshmanjooacademy.org/in-sensual-pleasures-what-should-you-do/ Source: Bhagavad Gita,...

God Consciousness is the Reality of Self. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the difference between the three upāyas or ‘means’ in Kashmir Shaivism, i.e., 1) āṇavopāya – the inferior means; 2) śāktopāya – the medium means; and 3) śāmbhavopāya – the superior means. Read more here... Next, the third awakening of Śiva Sūtras–āṇavopāya... (source: End of second awakening...

The medicine to love everyone (in Kashmir Shaivism) ~Swamii Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the soon to be published Stava Cintamani, by Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa, Swami Lakshmanjoo uses a unique analogy to explain ignorance and duality, and gives us the medicine to love everyone (in Kashmir Shaivism). "If you feel that all the embodiment of this whole universe is my own Self, will you hate anybody? You...

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...

In this excerpt from the Essence of the Supreme Reality: Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara, Swami Lakshmanjoo reminds us that "No matter what happens, go on remembering God and He will carry you." PS DVD 5 (00:42:39) तस्मात् सन्मार्गेऽस्मिन् निरतो यः कश्चिदेति स शिवत्वम्  । इति मत्वा परमार्थे यथातथापि प्रयतनीयम्  ॥१०३॥ tasmāt sanmārge’smin nirato yaḥ kaścideti sa śivatvam /...

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. Audio 2 - 13:11 अहमित्थमिदं वेद्मीत्येवमध्यवसायिनी। षट्कञ्चुकाबिलाणूत्थप्रतिबिम्बनतो यदा॥३९॥ धीर्जायते तदा तादृग्ज्ञानमज्ञानशब्दितम्। बौद्धं तस्य च तत्पौंस्नं पोषणीयं च पोष्टृच॥४०॥ ahamitthamidaṁ vedmītyevamadhyavasāyinī / ṣaṭkañcukābilāṇūtthapratibimbanato yadā //39// dhīrjāyate tadā...

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...