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...

liberation in Kashmir Shaivism

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is moksha (liberation) in Kashmir Shaivism and comparing it to other philosophical traditions like Vedānta and Buddhism. Excerpt from the fourteenth chapter of the essential Kashmir Shaivism book, Kashmir Shaivism – The Secret Supreme, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo... The view that ignorance is the cause of bondage and perfect knowledge is the...

The trick to subside maya

"Now there is one trick, O Arjuna, I will tell you a trick of how you can subside māyā." In this excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism, by Swami Lakshmanjoo (chapter 7 verse 14) Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the trick how to subside maya (illusion).   view on YouTube or listen to...

When by means of differentiated thought, that self is covered by ignorance... ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is an excerpt from the Shiva Sutras, The Supreme Awakening as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. This is a continuation of the 39th verse of the third awakening of the the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. Here Swamiji explains what happens to the person who does not maintain onepointed-ness on turya (the fourth state). And conversely, when...

Maha Shivaratri in Kashmir Shaivism

An excerpt from the Stava Cintamani, "Stava cintāmaṇi is the work of Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa. Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa is one of the most important Shaivite masters. He was one century elder to Abhinavagupta." gāyatryā gīyate yasya dhiyāṁ tejaḥ pracodakam / codayedapi kaccinnaḥ sa dhiya: satpathe prabhuḥ //78 There is mantra of Gāyatri mantra. Gāyatri mantra is: “Oṁ bhūḥ bhuvaḥ...

A very important difference in Shaivism

Excerpt from the Stavacintamani by Bhattanarayana, as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo with a very important discussion about maya (illusion) afterwards... gāyatryā gīyate yasya dhiyāṁ tejaḥ pracodakam / codayedapi kaccinnaḥ sa dhiya: satpathe prabhuḥ //78 There is mantra of Gāyatri mantra. Gāyatri mantra is: “Oṁ bhūḥ bhuvaḥ svaḥ, tat savitur vareṅyaṁ, bhargo devasya dhīmahi, dhiyo yo...

"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...

A clear and unique explanation of the much discussed term "maya" (illusion) in the light of Kashmir Shaivism as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo... (To view video on YouTube click here)   (To correctly view the Devanagri characters and diacritical marks in the text below please have your browser encoding set to Unicode.) PS DVD 1 (00:55:10) मायापरिग्रहवशाद्...