Thank you, with a special excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka, (Kashmir Shaivism)

How a realized master should act is revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo in the Kashmir recension of the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter Three... View on YouTube DVD 3.1 (1:00:58) यश्चात्मरतिरेव स्यादात्मतृप्तश्च मानवः  । आत्मन्येव च सन्तुष्टस्तस्य कार्यं न विद्यते  ॥१७॥ yaścātmaratireva syādātmatṛptaśca mānavaḥ / ātmanyeva ca santuṣṭastasya kāryaṁ na vidyate //17// And that person who is, on...

The Schools and systems of Kashmir Shaivism

Excerpt from the book Kashmir Shaivism: The Secret Supreme Chapter 19. Listen to the original audio below... The Schools of Kashmir Shaivism Kashmir Shaivism is known as the Pure Trika System. The word trika means “the threefold science of man and his world.” In the idea of trika, there are three energies: para (supreme), apara (lowest), and parapara (combination of the lowest and the highest). These...

The important two kinds of Knowledge

This section from the Tantraloka 1 is explaining two different types of knowledge that are important in the Kashmir Shaivism initiation.   ahamitthamidaṁ vedmītyevamadhyavasāyinī / ṣaṭkañcukābilāṇūtthapratibimbanato yadā //39// dhīrjāyate tadā tādṛigjñānamajñānaśabditam / bauddhaṁ tasya ca tatpauṁsnaṁ poṣaṇīyaṁ ca poṣṭṛica //40// Now he explains in the 39th and 40th śloka what is actually the knowledge of...

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is initiation and what is its most important feature. This excerpt is from the book, Kashmir Shaivism The Secret Supreme by Swami Lakshmanjoo, Chapter Twelve. The Fivefold Contacts of Masters and Disciples In this universe from time immemorial the initiation of masters has taken place from Lord Śiva up to the mortal beings. This...

The teachings of Kashmir Shaivism by Swami Lakshmanjoo

Excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening, by Swami Lakshmanjoo, Second awakening, verse 6. 6. gururupāyaḥ // The master (guru) is the means.   These two powers can be attained only through the master (guru), no one else. But who is the master? The one who demands that his disciples donate money to him or who...

The cycle of the universe is His energy

Let us continue the weekly lectures with the Bodhapañcadaśikā by Abhinavagupta, who wrote the "15 verses of wisdom" for 'those dear devotees who are not intellectually inclined". This part is starting with verse 6 till verse 8. You can review the previous verses here.     Track 06 (02:29) एष देवोऽनया देव्या नित्यं क्रीडारसोत्सुकः । विचित्रान् सृष्टिसंहारान् विधत्ते...

effort by Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this important excerpt from the study set, the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains two types of effort "and the means by which all these three bondages, anavamala, mayiyamala and karmamala, vanish and make you rest in the desired state of consciousness..." [This is not a transcript but from the book!]   Now the...

An excerpt from the newly published book the Festival of Devotion & Praise by Swami Lakshmanjoo…   Chapter 12 (58:58) भगवन्भवदिच्छयैव दास - स्तव जातोऽस्मि परस्य नात्र शक्तिः  । कथमेष तथापि वक्त्रबिम्बं तव पश्यामि न जातु चित्रमेतत्  ॥२६॥ bhagavanbhavadicchayaiva dāsa- stava jāto’smi parasya nātra śaktiḥ / kathameṣa tathāpi vaktrabimbaṁ tava paśyāmi na jātu citrametat //26// O Lord, by...