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...

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...

This is an excerpt from the yet unpublished Tantraloka, Ahnika 5 revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo: "How you should travel on that individual way, he says in this next śloka." play and download audio here I have many a times told you the course of 26th Jan. in Delhi. You know where the President is seated there...

An excerpt from the Tantraloka 8th Āhnika, about the highest point—bindu—and what is its meaning in Kashmir Shaivism... 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 bindu (āvṛiti [means] enclosure of nothingness, enclosure of...

"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 mala. Otherwise there is no mala, mala is not existing. In...

You are cordially invited to the anual Birthday Celebrations for Swami Lakshmanjoo on Wednesday the 9th of May, followed by a Study Retreat from 10th to 14th May. One of the texts we will be studying is the fifth Ahnika of Tantraloka, starting with the subject of cidātma uccāra: how the rise of God consciousness takes place . . . Then...