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Why maya (illusion) is actually svatantrya (freedom) in Kashmir Shaivism
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Why maya (illusion) is actually svatantrya (freedom) in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism maya svatantrya Jul 24, 2023

In this important excerpt from The Magical Jewel of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism – Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa’s Stava Cintamani, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why, in Kashmir Shaivism, maya (illusion) is really svatantrya (freedom).

 

Audio 4 (45:26)

यसयाः परापयेत परयनत-विशेषः कैरमनोरथैः ।

मायामेकनिमेषेण मुषणंसतां पातु नः शिवः ॥॥

yasyah prapyeta paryanta-visesah kairmanorathaih /

mayamekanimesena musnamstam patu nah sivah //73//

Let that Lord Siva protect us (pa...

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What is bindu? Bindu and its meaning in Kashmir Shaivism
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What is bindu? Bindu and its meaning in Kashmir Shaivism abhinavagupta’s tantraloka bindu kashmir shaivism Jul 24, 2023

An excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, 8th Āhnika, about the highest point—bindu—and it’s meaning in Kashmir Shaivism. The contents of this blog post are copyright protect and may not be used without the written permission of the owner.

Painting by Claudia Dose, used with permission of the artist.

 ūrdhve bindvāvṛitirdīptā
tatra padmaṁ śaśiprabham /
śāntyatītaḥ śivastatra
tacchaktyutsaṅgabhūṣitaḥ  // 377 //

Ūrdhve bindvāvṛitirdīptā, above ...

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How to not be disturbed by your mind.
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How to not be disturbed by your mind. hymns to shiva mind Jul 21, 2023

In this excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals how to not be disturbed by your mind.

 

Chapter 12 (56:13)

मनसि सवरसेन यतर ततर

परचरतयपयहमसय गोचरेषु  ।

परसृतोऽपयविलोल एव युषमत-

परिचरयाचतुरः सदा भवेयम  ॥॥

manasi svarasena yatra tatra

pracaratyapyahamasya gocaresu /

prasrto’pyavilola eva yusmat-

paricaryacaturah sada bhaveyam //25//

There is one problem: I don’t want to control my mind because the mind is so...

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The most important ingredient to meditation
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The most important ingredient to meditation meditation tantraloka Jul 21, 2023

In today’s excerpt, Swamiji explains the most important ingredient to meditation. This is from Tantraloka Chapter 11 verse 81, from the Archives of the Lakshmanjoo Academy, recorded by John Hughes. All Content is subject to Copyright © John Hughes.

taduktam varadena srisiddhayogisvarimate // 81 //

tena guptena guptaste sesa varnastviti sphutam /

This is why Bhagavan Bhairava, Lord Siva, has explained in Malinivijaya tantra that when meditation, or any practice, is done without the...

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The difference between energy and its holder in Kashmir Shaivism energy and holder kashmir shaivism vijnana bhairava tantra Jul 21, 2023

This Introduction was written by John Hughes for the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo.

Lord Shiva creates the objective world through the expansion of his Shakti, which is absolutely one with him; and the universe is manifest in his own nature, like a reflection in a mirror, by his own absolutely independent will.

Manual for Self Realization, Vijnana Bhairava

In describing the nature of reality, the Kashmir Shaiva explains that there is only one Being...

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How to make your mind rest in-between
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How to make your mind rest in-between śāktopāya vijnana bhairava Jul 21, 2023

An interesting saktopaya practice from the Vijnana Bhairava – How to make your mind rest in-between.

Make your mind rest in-between. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Dharana 45

वहनेरविषसय मधये तु

चिततं सुखमयं कषिपेत ।

केवलं वायुपूरणं वा

समराननदेन युजयते ॥॥

vahnervisasya madhye tu

cittam sukhamayam ksipet /

kevalam vayupurnam va

smaranandena yujyate // 68 //

Now He puts another process. It is saktopaya.*

Make your mind rest between the energy of will and knowledge. Give your mind rest between the energy of will and knowledge (iccha...

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Grace explained by Abhinavagupta in Tantraloka
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Grace explained by Abhinavagupta in Tantraloka abhinavagupta grace tantraloka Jul 21, 2023

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what “causes” grace in Kashmir Shaivism and what are the “signs” by which you can understand that grace is there.

This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka 13th anika, which we discussed during the online course “Grace on the Spiritual Path“.

Lord Shiva showers grace, bas! There is no why, it is his will. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

 

vairagyam bhogavairasyam

dharmah ko’pi vivekita /

satsangah paramesana-

pujadyabhyasanityata // 98 //

apatpraptistanniriksa

dehe kimcicca laksanam /

sastraseva...

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How to maintain uninterrupted awareness (Vijnana Bhaivava verse 25)
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How to maintain uninterrupted awareness (Vijnana Bhaivava verse 25) antar bahir vijnana bhairava Jul 21, 2023

In this excerpt from the Vijnana Bhairava: The Manual for Self Realization Swami Lakshmanjoo explains a śāktopāya technique for revealing the formation of the nature of Bhairava by means of Bhairavi (Bhairavi means, uninterrupted awareness). How to maintain uninterrupted awareness?

Dharana 2

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मरुतोऽनतरबहिरवापि

वियदयुगमानिवरतनात ।

भैरवया भैरवसयेतथं

भैरवि वयजयते वपुः ॥॥

maruto’ntarbahirvapi

viyadyugmanuvartanat /70

bhairavya bhairavasyettham

bhairavi vyajyate vapuh // 25...

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The stages of yoga in meditation in Kashmir Shaivism
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The stages of yoga in meditation in Kashmir Shaivism bhagavad gita kashmir shaivism stages of yoga Jul 21, 2023
In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the stages of yoga in meditation in Kashmir Shaivism and the importance of grace [saktipata] in this regard.  This is from Chapter two, verse 64-65 of the Bhagavad Gita, in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism.

 

DVD 2.3 (28:32)

धयायतो विषयानपुंसः सङगसतेषूपजायते 

सङगातसंजायते कामः कामातकरोधोऽभिजायते  ॥॥

करोधादभवति संमोहः संमोहातसमृतिविभरमः 

समृतिभरंशाटबुदधिनाशो बुदधिनाशातपरणशयति  ॥॥

dhyayato visayanpumsah san...

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Who is this enemy inside of our consciousness? bhagavad gita conciousness lord krsna Jul 10, 2023

In this excerpt from Chapter Three of the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism Swami Lakshmanjoo explains: Who is this enemy inside of our consciousness, how does it appear, and how does it rise? As those three questions of Arjuna are being answered by Lord Krsna in this unique version of the Bhagavad Gita by Abhinavagupta.

Now Arjuna places his question for this.

DVD 3.2 (35:49)

भवतयेष कथं कृषण कथं चैव विवरधते 

किमातमकः किमाचारसतनममाचकषव पृचछतः  ॥॥

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What is the reality of supreme consciousness? - the essence of all Tantras
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What is the reality of supreme consciousness? - the essence of all Tantras conciousness tantras vijnana bhairava Jul 10, 2023

An important excerpt from the fifth verse of the Vijnana Bhairava: The Manual for Self Realization by Swami Lakshmanjoo, reveals the reality of supreme consciousness-the essence of all Tantra

Image by Antonio López from Pixabay

This is the question of Devī.

 

परापरायाः सकलम
अपरायाशच वा पुनः ।
पराया यदि तदवतसयात
परतवं तदविरुधयते ॥॥

parāparāyāḥ sakalam
aparāyāśca vā punaḥ /
parāyā yadi tadvatsyāt
paratvaṁ tadvirudhyate // 5 //

There are three energies. In...

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What is real japa (automatic recitation) in Kashmir Shaivism
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What is real japa (automatic recitation) in Kashmir Shaivism japa Jun 28, 2023

In this excerpt from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, verses 155 – 156, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals what japa (repetition of a sacred word) really means and how to do it successfully.

“Japa is automatic recitation of breath. It is available to everybody, 24 hours a day.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Listen to the audio below and read along with the transcript to learn more…

Japa is automatic recitation of breath. It is available to everybody, 24 hours a day. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

सकारेण बहिरयाति

हकारेण विशेतपुनः ।

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