God Consciousness is the Reality of Self. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the difference between the three upāyas or ‘means’ in Kashmir Shaivism, i.e., 1) āṇavopāya – the inferior means; 2) śāktopāya – the medium means; and 3) śāmbhavopāya – the superior means.   S.S. 2 Disc 10-Tr 3 (17:26) uccārarahitaṁ vastu cetasaiva vicintayan / yaṁ samāveśamāpnoti śāktaḥ...

Introduction The Shiva Sutras are divided into three parts. According to Kshemaraja, the three parts correspond to the three means (upayas) for the attainment of liberation (moksha), as revealed by Kashmir Shaivism. The three upayas for traveling from individual limited consciousness to universal God consciousness are shambhavopaya, shaktopaya and anavopaya. The first and highest means is...

Make your mind rest in-between, quote by Swami Lakshmanjoo

An interesting śāktopāya practice from the Vijnana Bhairava verse 68, to explore the state of in-between...   Dhāraṇā 45 वह्नेर्विषस्य मध्ये तु चित्तं सुखमयं क्षिपेत् । केवलं वायुपूर्णं वा स्मरानन्देन युज्यते ॥६८॥ vahnerviṣasya madhye tu cittaṁ sukhamayaṁ kṣipet / kevalaṁ vāyupūrṇaṁ vā smarānandena yujyate // 68 // Now He puts another process. It is śāktopāya. Make your...

Happy New Year!

This is an excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali as explained by Swami Lakshmanjoo. Chapter 17 (43:29) पूजोपकरणीभूतविश्वावेशेन गौरवम्  । अहो किमपि भक्तानां किमप्येव च लाघवम्  ॥३५॥ pūjopakaraṇībhūtaviśvāveśena gauravam / aho kimapi bhaktānāṁ kimapyeva ca lāghavam //35// This is a wonder to me that those devotees of Thee, they have, on one side,...

"All these things happen in this world –pain, pleasure, sorrow, sadness, excitement– all those things...". In this excerpt from the Vijnana Bhairava: The Manual for Self Realization, Swamiji reveals how to rise above it. indriyadvarakam sarvam sukhaduhkhadisamgamam / itindriyani samtyajya svasthah svatmani vartate // 136 // This is the technique of shaktopaya ending in shambhava [state]. Indriya...

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...

samadhi by Swami Lakshmanjoo , photo by Asela Jayarathne

In his revelation of the Vijñāna Bhairava, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what samādhi means, an also how the mind works according to Kashmir Shaivism... Dhāraṇā 23 तनूदेशे शून्यतैव क्षणमात्रं विभावयेत् । निर्विकल्पं निर्विकल्पो निर्विकल्पस्वरूपभाक् ॥४६॥ tanūdeśe śūnyataiva kṣaṇamātraṁ vibhāvayet / nirvikalpaṁ nirvikalpo nirvikalpasvarūpabhāk // 46 // Actually samādhi is where there is no mind, when mind does not work. The functioning of...

Manual for Self Realization, Vijnana Bhairava Swami Lakshmanjoo

Instruction by Swami Lakshmanjoo into The Manual for Self Realization, 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava and its significance... Vijñāna Bhairava is one chapter in Rudrayāmala Tantra. And another chapter in Rudrayāmala Tantra is Parātriṁśikā. This chapter1 is from the Bhairava point of view. These are not Rudra śāstras nor Śiva śāstras.2 These are Bhairava śāstras–monistic,...