Here is a recitation from 1990 sung by devotees of Swami Lakshmanjoo from Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali; an important text of Kashmir Shaivism. These hymns are sung in a traditional Kashmiri style. Swami Lakshmanjoo was very fond of these verses and often requested his devotees to sing these sacred hymns. Below is a brief translation revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. The full translation...

Existing or non-existing, I will find You everywhere and I will worship You everywhere. Swami Lakshmanjoo

An excerpt of Chapter 12 Verse 28 from the newly published book the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali by Swami Lakshmanjoo: "Existing or non-existing, I will find You everywhere and I will worship You everywhere." Chapter 12 (01:04:39) भावा भावतया सन्तु भवद्भावेन मे भव  । तथा न किञ्चिदप्यस्तु न किञ्चिद्भवतोऽन्यथ  ॥२८॥ bhāvā bhāvatayā santu bhavadbhāvena me...

Swami Lakshmanjoo, Kashmir Shaivism, quotes

This weeks excerpt is from the beautifully devotional Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali (Chapter 17 verse 44-48), revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. “Those devotees of Thee, they adore You with blades of grass and that adoration becomes the producer of jewelry and diamonds” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Chapter 17 (01:01:31) अशेषपूजासत्कोशे त्वत्पूजाकर्मणि प्रभो  । अहो करणवृन्दस्य कापि लक्ष्मीर्विजृम्भते  ॥४४॥ aśeṣapūjāsatkośe tvatpūjākarmaṇi...

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,...

Clearance on the path, Swami Lakshmanjoo, Kashmir Shaivism

In this excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali, Swamiji Lakshmanjoo explains the sixth chapter, called "Clearance of the Path", "Adhvavisphuraṇākhyaṁ ṣaṣṭham stotram, the sixth. Adhva visphuraṇākhyaṁ means, if I am treading on the path of Thee, just to achieve You, just to get entry in Your kingdom, the happenings on the path, other happenings on the path are...

By the intensity of Thy devotion, Swami Lakshmanjoo, Kashmir Shaivism

Chapter 16 (11:36) विषमस्थोऽपि स्वस्थोऽपि रुदन्नपि हसन्नपि  । गम्भीरोऽपि विचित्तोऽपि भवेयं भक्तितः प्रभो  ॥८॥ viṣamastho’pi svastho’pi rudannapi hasannapi / gambhīro’pi vicitto’pi bhaveyaṁ bhaktitaḥ prabho //8// O Lord Śiva, O my Master, by the intensity of my devotion, viṣamastho’pi, let me remain in crisis altogether for my whole life. I don’t mind. Svastho’pi, let me remain...

How God reveals Himself

Excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali and  by Swami Lakshmanjoo... Rahasyanirdeśanāma dvādaśaṁ stotram, the twelfth stotra. Rahasyanirdeśa [means] the revealing of a secret. Chapter 12 (00:15) सहकारि न किञ्चिदिष्यते भवतो न प्रतिबन्धकं दृशि  । भवतैव हि सर्वमाप्लुतं कथमद्यापि तथापि नेक्षसे  ॥१॥ sahakāri na kiñcidiṣyate bhavato na pratibandhakaṁ dṛśi / bhavataiva hi sarvamāplutaṁ kathamadyāpi tathāpi nekṣase...

We will be celebrating the festival of Shiva & Parvati's union on Monday the 16th of February here in California, which is a day earlier than the Vedic calendar, due to Kashmir Shaiva philosophy. Wishing you a Happy Maha Shiva Ratri! (To read more about the real meaning of Shiva Ratri as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo click...