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...

The important two kinds of Knowledge in Kashmir Shaivism

In this section from the Light on the Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo is explaining two different types of knowledge that are important in Kashmir Shaivism. Intellectual knowledge is nourished by that pauruṣa jñāna and pauruṣa jñāna is nourished by that intellectual knowledge, side-by-side. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Audio 2 - 13:11 अहमित्थमिदं वेद्मीत्येवमध्यवसायिनी।...

Mokṣa (liberation) will only come into existence by depriving the ajñāna (ignorance) of puruṣa. Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the just published Light on Tantra in Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the nature of ignorance in Kashmir Shaivism. General Introduction A) The nature of Ignorance (22–30) Audio 1 - 42:04 इह तावत्समस्तेषु शास्त्रेषु परिगीयते। अज्ञानं संसृतेर्हेतुर्ज्ञानं मोक्षैककारणम्॥२२॥ iha tāvatsamasteṣu śāstreṣu parigīyate / ajñānaṁ saṁsṛterheturjñānaṁ mokṣaikakāraṇam //22// In this...

The starting point of the journey is the ending point of the journey! Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Essence of the Supreme Reality, Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why in order to attain Moksha (Liberation) the starting point of the journey is the ending point. click to view on youtube PS DVD 3 (00:52:47) मोक्षस्य नैव किंचिद् धामास्ति, न चापिगमनमन्यत्र  । अज्ञानग्रन्थिभिदा स्वशक्त्यभिव्यक्तता मोक्षः  ॥६०॥ mokṣasya naiva kiṁcid dhāmāsti, na cāpi-gamanam-anyatra...

The Real Cause of Liberation in Kashmir Shaivism

Due to preparations for the Celebrations of the Birthday of Swami Lakshmanjoo and our work on the soon to be published Tantraloka we will take a break from the "weekly excerpts" until after the Spring retreat in May. Thank you for your consideration.Liberation in Kashmir Shaivism is very different from liberation in other system, i.e. Buddhism,...

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...

Prakriti, purusha and the gunas and their importance to liberation

This is part two of an earlier excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita audio recordings (compare to the later video recordings). Swamiji explains why this fourteen fold creation (of prakṛti) and puruṣa, is soaked with supreme consciousness. "That person who understand this way–what is puruṣa, what is prakṛti, and what is all these three dishes [the three guṇas**], no matter if he becomes the...

This is an an excerpt from the Spanda Sandoha, which is a commentary on the first verse of the Spanda Karika as revealed by Swamij Lakshmanjoo. Available now as complete set under the title The Mystery of Vibrationless-Vibration in Kashmir Shaivism: Vasugupta’s Spanda Kārikā & Kṣemarāja’s Spanda Sandoha - revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo). A central theme...