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. We are working towards publishing the first Ahnika of Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka on Swamiji's Birthday. "This mala is very subtle. . . . Mala is neither formless nor with form. It is just ignorance . . . It doesn’t allow knowledge to function, knowledge...

"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 takes place only by ignorance, and that ignorance is...