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...

"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...

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." click to view on youtube   PS DVD 5 (00:42:39) तस्मात् सन्मार्गेऽस्मिन् निरतो यः कश्चिदेति स शिवत्वम्  । इति मत्वा परमार्थे यथातथापि प्रयतनीयम्  ॥१०३॥ tasmāt sanmārge’smin...

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...

“One Being has become many, so all beings are equal to one Being” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

“You must understand, you’ll know that unperishable state of God consciousness is residing in each and every being. In that way, you won’t hate anybody. If you hate anybody, it means you don’t find the state of God consciousness in that person. If you ever found that the state of God consciousness is in that...

Find out that power within!

In this excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara (The Essence of the Highest Reality, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why one who is Self realized does not get afraid. click to view on youtube PS DVD 3 (00:41:09) आत्मज्ञो न कुतश्चन बिभेति, सर्वं हि तस्य निजरूपम्  । नैव च शोचति, यस्मात् परमार्त्थे नाशिता नास्ति  ॥५८॥ ātma-jño na kutaścana bibheti, sarvaṁ hi...

Devi Stotra by Abhinavagupta.

In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 15, verse 19, Abhinavagupta inserted this verse about the supreme Goddess–Para Devi. Who is Devi and where does she exist?   Devī Stotra Tathā ca mayaiva śivaśaktyavinābhāva stotre [comm. verse19]. I, [Abhinavagupta], have also somewhere in the Śiva Śakti Avinābhāva Stotra, I have penned down ślokas for...