Why we need to develop sattvaguna in Kashmir Shaivism ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Stava Cintamani, by Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals why we need to develop sāttvaguṇa in Kashmir Shaivism. "The avenue for crossing the cycle of guṇa is through sāttvaguṇa. It is not through rajoguṇa, it is not through tamoguṇa." ~Swami Lakshmanjoo   St.Cin. CD 425 (43:55) triguṇatriparispanda-dvandvagrastaṁ jagattrayam / uddhartuṁ bhavato’nyasya kasya śaktiḥ...

Why our masters have explained to meditate

This is the continuation of the previous lecture on the Bodhapañcadaśikā by Abhinavagupta, who wrote the [15 verses of wisdom] for 'those dear devotees who are not intellectually inclined". You can listen to our online course named Kashmir Shaivism and the Transformation of Life, where we discuss the whole of Bodhapañcadaśikā along with instructions to...

Between the three states of the individual subjective body, waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, there is a gap. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

From the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme, chapter 16, The Seven States of Turya. "Between the three states of the individual subjective body, waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, there is a gap." ~Swami Lakshmanjoo The Seven States of Turya The practical theory of the seven states of turya, also known as the seven states of ananda...

"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...

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...