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Introduction and approach to the Vijnana Bhairava by Swami Lakshmanjoo
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Introduction and approach to the Vijnana Bhairava by Swami Lakshmanjoo rudra śāstras swamiji tantra Sep 12, 2023

This is an instruction to The Manual for Self Realization, 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava, and how to approach it, by Swami Lakshmanjoo.

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, pure monistic.

You already know there are three upāyas, three means. One is superior, the...

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How to find God Consciousness in the daily routine of life
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How to find God Consciousness in the daily routine of life good conciousness kashmir shaivism spanda Jul 24, 2023

A central theme of the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism is the highly esoteric principle known as spanda which means vibrationless/vibration or established stable movement. In Shaivism there are two texts that deal specifically with the spanda principal. The Spanda Karika (precise philosophical statements) on the Spanda theory and the Spanda Sandoha (exposition) of the spanda principle.

The theory of spanda was hidden in the body of the Tantras and was extracted by Vasugupta and given to us in...

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Why the cycle of the universe is Lord Shiva's energy
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Why the cycle of the universe is Lord Shiva's energy cycle energy lord shiva Jul 24, 2023

Swamiji explains to us how and why Lord Shiva disconnects Himself from His energy and yet is never disconnected from it at the same time.

This is from the Bodhapañcadaśikā by Abhinavagupta, who wrote the “15 verses of wisdom” for ‘those dear devotees who are not intellectually inclined”.

This part is starting with verse 6 till verse 8. You can review the previous verse here.

 

एष देवोऽनया देवया नितयं करीडारसोतसुकः ।

विचितरान सृषटिसंहारान...

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What is real initiation
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What is real initiation fivefold contacts initiation kashmir shaivism Jul 24, 2023

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is initiation and what is its most important feature. This excerpt is from the book, Kashmir Shaivism The Secret Supreme by Swami Lakshmanjoo, Chapter Twelve.

The Fivefold Contacts of Masters and Disciples

In this universe from time immemorial, the initiation of masters has taken place from Lord Śiva up to the mortal beings. This contact of the master with the disciple takes place in five different ways. The highest contact of the master with the disciple...

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What is triple awareness in Kashmir Shaivism
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What is triple awareness in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism shiva sutras triple awareness Jul 24, 2023
In this excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening Swami Lakshmanjoo explains how a “yogī whose God consciousness is destroyed by the state of illusion becomes dependent on his action.” Swamiji then reveals how to overcome this with “Triple awareness.”

 

“Triple awareness carries one to God Consciousness!” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

 

Shiva Sutras 3.35

35. mohapratisamhatastu karmatma //

The yogi whose God consciousness is destroyed...

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How to be born anew in days, not in months - Kashmir Shaivism
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How to be born anew in days, not in months - Kashmir Shaivism born anew dvādaśānta vijnana bhairava tantra Jul 24, 2023

In this excerpt from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava TantraDharana 28, verse 51, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals how "one is born anew in days, not in months." His advice is one of the major practices of Kashmir Shaivism.

 

Dharana 28

यथा तथा यतर ततर 

दवादशानते मनः कषिपेत ।

परतिकषणं कषीणवृतते-

रवैलकषणयं दिनैरभवेत ॥॥

yatha tatha yatra tatra

dvadasante manah ksipet  /

pratiksanam ksinavrtter-

vailaksanyam dinairbhavet //...

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What gives you liberation and what gives you enjoyment of the world bhagavad gita brahmā liberation Jul 24, 2023

In this excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism Swami Lakshmanjoo elaborates on the question “What gives you liberation and what gives you enjoyment of the world”.

DVD 3.1 (26:07)

सहयजञाः परजाः सृषटवा पुरोवाच परजापतिः 

अनेन परसविषयधवमेष वोऽसतविषटकामधुक  ॥॥

sahayajñah prajah srstva purovaca prajapatih /

anena prasavisyadhvamesa vo‘stvistakamadhuk //10//

Prajāpati means Brahmā. It is translated by all commentators of the ...

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There are two kinds of glories in Kashmir Shaivism, as explained by Swami Lakshmanjoo
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There are two kinds of glories in Kashmir Shaivism, as explained by Swami Lakshmanjoo divine glory kashmir shaivism moksha Jul 24, 2023

In this excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism, chapter 16, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains that there are two kinds of glories in Kashmir Shaivism, one is divine glory, one is not divine glory. Divine glory is godly behavior that is sentencing you in moksha, liberation. And not divine glory is demonic behavior that is entangling you in the wheel of repeated births and deaths.

“Now, Lord Siva (Lord Krsna) says that there are two kinds of glories: one is divine glory,...

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The stages of mind and the joy of an appeased mind bhagavad gita kashmir shaivism mind Jul 24, 2023

This is Swami Lakshmanjoo’s translation of chapter 6, verses 21 to 24, of Abhinavagupta’s commentary of the Bhagavad Gita explaining the stages of mind and the joy of an appeased mind in Kashmir Shaivism.

In the summer of 1987 Swami Lakshmanjoo began compiling important verses from the various scriptures he had studied throughout his life. Each Sunday he would distribute one or two slokas to devotees, at the same time giving in brief their essential meaning. In all Swamiji...

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The Seven States of the Seven Perceivers in Kashmir Shaivism
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The Seven States of the Seven Perceivers in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism seven perceivers the secret supreme Jul 24, 2023

In this excerpt from his book Kashmir Shaivism – The Secret Supreme, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the Seven States of the Seven Perceivers (pramātṛis), and their respective energies (pramātṛi śaktis), a subject unique to Kashmir Shaivism.

Chapter Eight

The Seven States of the Seven Perceivers (Pramātṛin)

Now, let us discuss the seven states of the seven pramātṛins (perceivers) and their importance. The first state is called sakala. The sakala state is that state where perception...

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How we have become limited being - in Kashmir Shaivism
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How we have become limited being - in Kashmir Shaivism abhinavagupta’s paramarthasara kashmir shaivism maya Jul 24, 2023

A clear and unique explanation of the much-discussed term “maya” (illusion) in the light of Kashmir Shaivism as Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals to us how we have become limited being.

This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara: The Essence of the Highest Reality.

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PS DVD 1 (00:55:10)

मायापरिगरहवशाद

बोधो मलिनः पुमान पशुरभवति  ।

काल-कला-नियतिवशाद

रागाविदयावशेन संबदधः  ॥॥

maya...

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To attain Liberation the starting point is the ending point
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To attain Liberation the starting point is the ending point abhinavagupta’s paramarthasara liberation moksha Jul 24, 2023

In this excerpt from the Essence of the Supreme Reality, Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why in order to attain Moksha (Liberation) the starting point of the journey is the ending point.

 
 

PS DVD 3 (00:52:47)

मोकषसय नैव किंचिद

धामासति, न चापिगमनमनयतर 

अजञानगरनथिभिदा

सवशकतयभिवयकतता मोकषः  ॥॥

moksasya naiva kimcid

dhamasti, na capi-gamanam-anyatra /

ajñana-granthi-bhida

sva-sakty-abhivyaktata moks...

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