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Abhinavagupta’s Bhairava Stotra abhinavagupta abhinavagupta’s bhairava stotra sunday puja Jun 28, 2023

Abhinavagupta’s Bhairava Stotra is a unique hymn that is a part of the Sacred Verses for Sunday Puja. Swamiji revered these verses, as he did all of the works of Abhinavagupta. He would request his devotees to recite the Bhairava Stotra regularly, and it was always recited at the end of any major spiritual function at his ashram in Kashmir.

These verses encapsulate the entire philosophy and experience of Kashmir Shaivism, so we wanted to share them with everyone, as they are very...

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Why this world is not an illusion (maya) in Kashmir Shaivism daily recitation kashmir shaivism maya special verses on practice swamiji Jun 28, 2023

In the summer of 1987, Swamiji 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 revealed a total of eighty-five verses. The following year Swamiji traveled to Nepal where he spent a month with the Hughes family recording his revelation on those verses in the “Special Verses on Practice“.

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Who is the supreme Devi and where does she exist? by Abhinavagupta devi stotra kashmir shaivism supreme devi Jun 28, 2023

In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Abhinavagupta shared a important verse he wrote about the supreme Goddess – Para Devi in Kashmir Shaivism, where he explained… Who is the supreme Devi and where does she exist?

Devi Stotra

Tatha ca mayaiva sivasaktyavinabhava stotre [Bhagavad Gita, chapter 15, comm. verse 19]. I, [Abhinavagupta], have also somewhere in the Siva Sakti Avinabhava Stotra, I have penned down slokas for Devi.

Who is Devi?
JOHN: Svatantrya sakti.
SWAMIJI: Sva...

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The correct way of meditation on breath with "so'ham" mantra
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The correct way of meditation on breath with "so'ham" mantra dhāraṇā mantra so ham Jun 28, 2023

In this lecture from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, verses 24, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the correct way of meditation on breath with “soham” mantra.

Dhāraṇā 1

शरीभैरव उवाच

ऊरधवे पराणो हयधो जीवो

विसरगातमा परोचचरेत ।

उतपततिदवितयसथाने,

भरणादभरिता सथितिः ॥॥

 

śrī bhairava uvāca

ūrdhve prāṇo hyadho jīvo

visargātmā paroccaret /

utpattidvitayasthāne, 

bharaṇādbharītā sthitiḥ // 24 //

Ūrdhve is from upwards, movement...

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Why Lord Shiva has created this universe, which is Shakti, His supreme energy?
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Why Lord Shiva has created this universe, which is Shakti, His supreme energy? bodhapañcadaśikā fifteen ślokas kashmir shaivism shakti Jun 28, 2023

In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals “Why Lord Shiva has created this universe, which is Shakti, His supreme energy?”

This lecture is from the Bodhapañcadaśikā [15 verses of wisdom], verse 5. 

 

Bodhapañcadaśikā [15 verses of wisdom]

तसयैवैषा परा देवी सवरूपामरशनोतसुका ।

पूरणतवं सरवभावेषु यसया नालपं नचाधिकम ॥

tasyaivaisa para devi svarup-amarsanotsuka /

purnatvam sarva-bhavesu yasya nalpam na cadhikam // 5 //

 

Tasyaiva para devi, this...

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Shivastotravali sung by Swami Lakshmanjoo and devotees
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Shivastotravali sung by Swami Lakshmanjoo and devotees 13th chapter hymns to shiva utpaladeva’s shivastotravali Jun 28, 2023

Swami Lakshmanjoo was very fond of the verses of Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, especially the 13th chapter, and often requested his devotees to sing these sacred hymns. Below is a brief translation revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo of the 13th Chapter. The complete audio/transcription of the Hymns to Shiva, Songs of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali is available with free downloadable audio. Listen to an excerpt from the 13th Chapter (verse 1-4) and read the...

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The practical theory of The Seven States of Turya and Bliss
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The practical theory of The Seven States of Turya and Bliss brahmānanda cidānanda jagadānanda mahānanda nijānanda nirānanda parānanda turya Jun 28, 2023

From the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme, chapter 16, The Seven States of Turya.

“Between the three states of the individual subjective body, waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, there is a gap.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

The Seven States of Turya

The practical theory of the seven states of turya, also known as the seven states of ananda (bliss), which I will now explain to you, was taught to the great Saivite philosopher Abhinavagupta by his master Sambhunatha.

Turya

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The correct and incorrect rise of Kundalini in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism kundalini Jun 28, 2023

This is an extract from a video of Alice Christensen (Mother Alice) and Swami Lakshmanjoo discussing the correct and incorrect rise and awakening of Kundalini in Kashmir Shaivism.

Alice Christensen: Swamiji, there is so much discussion in the United States about kundalini and the power of kundalini, can you give us some of your personal insight and experiences on this mysterious subject. You must know a lot about it, and we’d really like to hear a little of the truth of the...

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How to enter in the transcendental void state of Shiva
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How to enter in the transcendental void state of Shiva bhairavi dhāraṇā voidness Jun 28, 2023

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains a śāktopāya154 practice of supreme awareness of voidness, where one enters in the transcendental void state of Śiva.

This excerpt is from The Manual for Self Realization, 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava (verse 39), by Swami Lakshmanjoo.

Dhāraṇā 16

Now, he will explain another way of process which is āṇavopāya and sentenced to śāmbhavopāya. That is the thirty-ninth śloka.

परणवादिसमुचचारात
पलुतानते शूनयभावनात ।
शूनयया परया शकतया
शूनयतामेति भैरवि ॥॥

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The Essence of Mantra it's connection with Kundalini in Kashmir Shaivism
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The Essence of Mantra it's connection with Kundalini in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism mantra swamiji Jun 27, 2023

Swamiji reveals what is the real essence of mantra in Kashmir Shaivism, and how mantras are one with Mother (Kundalini), who is one with Lord Shiva, and how to awaken the divine mother.

This is an excerpt from the second awakening, verse number 3 (Shiva Sutras 2.3).book: Shiva Sutras, The Supreme Awakening as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo, a purely monastic and ancient text of Kashmir Shaivism. Read about its origin here.
 
Mantra, in the real sense, is that supreme I-consciousness. This is the secret about mantras. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

3. vidyāśarīrasattā mantrarahasyam //

The secret essence...

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The meaning and importance of the Aghora Mantra in Kashmir Shaivism abhinavagupta aghora bhagavad gita kashmir shaivism mantra sangha secret supreme svachandanatha tantra tantraloka yamas and niyamas Jun 27, 2023

This is a lecture that explains the Aghora Mantra in detail. In the summer of 1989, John Hughes received a letter from Swami Lakshmanjoo writing to him about the Aghora Mantra and its importance, after having the darshan of Svachanda Bhairava. In the following excerpt from the Weekly Sangha, you will learn more about this mantra and its significance for Kashmir Shaivism and your own practice, and the whole world.

This is the first part in a two-part series. In part two we go...

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The difference between Kashmir Shaivism and Advaita Vedanta
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The difference between Kashmir Shaivism and Advaita Vedanta advaita karmayoga kashmir shaivism monism vedanta yoga in action Jun 27, 2023

 In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the difference between Kashmir Shaivism and Advaita Vedanta, from the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme. Now also available in Spanish: (Shaivismo de Cachemira, el Supremo secreto). If you enjoyed the book please leave a review on Amazon.

"Pure Yoga is one-pointedness"
~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Chapter Fifteen: 
Kashmir Shaivism and Advaita Vedanta

Although the main principle of both Kashmir Saivism and Vedanta is monism (advaita), pure...

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