Grace explained by Abhinavagupta in Tantraloka

Swami Lakshmanjoo comments on Abhinavagutpa's Tantraloka 13, in which he explains that limited actions do not cause. Kashmir Shaivism says that these are the signs by which you can understand that grace is there. This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka Ch13, which is part of the Grace and Spiritual Practice study set.   vairagyam bhogavairasyam...

What creates rasa, the love of God Consciousness (in Kashmir Shaivism)

One of the Kashmir Shaiva texts we studied at the recent retreat in Culver City was the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali, which is a devotional song by Utpaladeva. Here we find him pleading, in the role of a devotee, to the divine Lord Shiva for everything... and he starts by saying, "Nothing is in the...

Devi Stotra by Abhinavagupta.

In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 15, verse 19, Abhinavagupta inserted this verse about the supreme Goddess–Para Devi. Who is Devi and where does she exist?   Devī Stotra Tathā ca mayaiva śivaśaktyavinābhāva stotre [comm. verse19]. I, [Abhinavagupta], have also somewhere in the Śiva Śakti Avinābhāva Stotra, I have penned down ślokas for...

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...

From an article from the Speaking Tree by John Hughes (revised)... Universe as Divine Play of Diversity and Duality. Abhinavagupta tells us in his Tantraloka that “Moksha only exists when your being becomes absolutely independent. According to him, a yogi can only be said to be liberated when he possesses this absolute independence; nothing must limit...

"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...

In this excerpt from the Audio Study Set, Kashmir Shaivism The Secret Supreme by Swami Lakshmanjoo, Chapter 4, Swamiji explains one of the core principles of Kashmir Shaivism, pratibimabavāda, the theory of reflection... (scroll down for consecutive audios, while reading along with the transcript) Just as in fine mirror, clean, where there is no dust, spotless, in...

Excerpt from the 10th chapter of Kashmir Shaivism: The Secret Supreme, audio study set, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. (scroll down for consecutive audios, while reading along with the transcript) JOHN: This is the seventh lecture to be given by Swami Lakshmanjoo on December 22nd, at his ashram in Srinagar, Kashmir, 2:30 pm. SWAMIJI: It is going...