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   मोक्षस्य नैव किंचिद् धामास्ति, न चापिगमनमन्यत्र । अज्ञानग्रन्थिभिदा स्वशक्त्यभिव्यक्तता मोक्षः ॥६०॥ mokṣasya naiva kiṁcid dhāmāsti, na cāpigamanamanyatra / ajñānagranthibhidā svaśaktyabhivyaktatā...

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...

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...

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...

In an excerpt from the earlier Bhagavad Gita audio recordings (compare to the later video recordings), Swamiji explains the role of prakṛti (nature)... "Through prakṛti you’ll rise. It is prakṛti through which you will fall." puruṣaḥ prakṛtistho hi bhuṅkte . . . (verse 22 Chapter 13) prakṛtiriti kāryakāraṇabhave hetuḥ  / (comm. verse 21) Prakṛti is the cause...

This is a beautiful devotional excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. "So, you should find out the way to achieve God in the activity of the universe, not by shunning it. This is Shaivism. The real way of perceiving You is to perceive You in each and every action of life." ~Swami...