You have to develop awareness in such a way that this consciousness of that centering your mind pervades in each and every movement, in dull movement and conscious movement also. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka, Chapter 5,  verse 11-15) Swami Lakshmanjoo revealed why we should practice and how (in Kashmir Shaivism). "How you should travel on that individual way, he says in this next śloka." "You have to develop awareness in such a way that this consciousness of that centering your mind pervades in each and every movement, in...

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।...

In today's excerpt Swamiji explains the most important ingredient to meditation (Tantraloka Ch11 verse 81). taduktaṁ varadena śrīsiddhayogīsvarīmate // 81 // tena guptena guptāste śeṣā varṇāstviti sphuṭam / This is why Bhagavan Bhairava, Lord Śiva, has explained in Mālinīvijaya tantra that when meditation, or any practice, is done without the development of pramiti bhāva1, it becomes useless....

QUESTION: What kind of action is meditating? SWAMIJI: It is not action it is knowledge, it is cognition. Meditating is recitation of breath, is just knowledge. JOHN: That rest in jnanendriya or where? Or in manas [mind], buddhi [intellect] and ahamkara [ego], this meditation? SWAMIJI: It is prana. JOHN: All those five pranas rests in...

Excerpt fromTrantraloka, Āhnika 14 (Audio Archives John Hughes). nanu tarhi mādṛiśāmapi kulālādivadeva na mukhyakartṛitvamiti kṛitamātmani śivatvābhimānen, (comm. intro to śloka 28 – not recited) [Question.] Now there is question, there is question now; he puts question. “Alright it is good, I am also Śiva! But when I get a headache I cry just like a...

An excerpt from Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka 8th Āhnika, about the highest point—bindu—and what is its meaning in Kashmir Shaivism... Chapter 1 of Abhinavagupta's Tantraloa available now, click here... ūrdhve bindvāvṛitirdīptā tatra padmaṁ śaśiprabham / śāntyatītaḥ śivastatra tacchaktyutsaṅgabhūṣitaḥ  // 377 // Ūrdhve bindvāvṛitirdīptā, above Sadāśiva, above the element of Sadāśiva there is bindu āvṛiti, there is āvṛiti of...