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What are Malas (Impurities) in Kashmir Shaivism - Tantraloka
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What are Malas (Impurities) in Kashmir Shaivism - Tantraloka abhinavagupta’s tantraloka kashmir shaivism malas Dec 21, 2023

In this excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what Malas (Impurities) really are in Kashmir Shaivism.

“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...

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What are Malas (Impurities) in Kashmir Shaivism - The Secret Supreme
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What are Malas (Impurities) in Kashmir Shaivism - The Secret Supreme kashmir shaivism mala Dec 21, 2023

Chapter Seven

The Three Impurities

Malas

In our Saiva system, there are three males or impurities. These malas reside in maya. They do not reside in svatantrya sakti. Even though svatantrya sakti and maya are one, yet they are different in the sense that svatantrya sakti is that state of energy which can produce the power of going down and coming up again, both at will, whereas maya will only give you the strength of going down and not the ability of rising up again. Once you have come down,...

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In sensual pleasures, what should you do? bhagavad gītā vyāsa āhāra Dec 19, 2023

“This is my new commentary on this Bhagavad Gita.” Swami Lakshmanjoo exclaims as he tells us what we should do when eating and while experiencing sabda (sound), sparsa (touch), rupa (form) . . . all of the sensual pleasures.

In sensual pleasures, what should you do?

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DVD 6.2 (23:22)

Chapter 6, verse 18

युकताहारविहारसय युकतचेषटसय करमसु 

युकतसवपनावबोधसय योगो भवति दुःखहा  ॥॥

yuktaharaviharasya yuktacestasya karmasu /

yuktasvapnavabodhasya yogo...

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The explanation of this whole universe, both subjective and objective, in Kashmir Shaivism
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The explanation of this whole universe, both subjective and objective, in Kashmir Shaivism adhvans the sixfold path of the universe ṣaḍadhvan Dec 19, 2023

In this unique lecture about “The Sixfold Path of the Universe,” Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the most important points for entering into Kashmir Shaivism.

The combination of all of these six adhvans (paths), the three objective adhvans and the three subjective adhvans is called ṣaḍadhvan, the six fold adhvans (The Sixfold Path of the Universe). This is the explanation of this whole universe, both subjective and objective.

This excerpt is from the book Kashmir Shaivism, The...

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"This is my trick..." ~Swami Lakshmanjoo (Excerpt: Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism)
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"This is my trick..." ~Swami Lakshmanjoo (Excerpt: Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism) bhagavad gita na ca matsthāni paśya me yogam aiśvaram Dec 19, 2023

In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo exposes to us his trick and secret of Kashmir Shaivism, where “He [Krishna/Lord Shiva] puts forth the reality of His being in each and every object of this world”. This is from the 9th chapter verses 5-7 of the Weekly Sangha – Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism. The Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism is available as online course or as hardcover and softcover book and ebook in our store.


 

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A very different Meaning of Gāyatrī Mantra (in Kashmir Shaivism)
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A very different Meaning of Gāyatrī Mantra (in Kashmir Shaivism) bhaṭṭa nārāyaṇa gāyatrī mantra stava cintāmaṇi Dec 19, 2023

In this excerpt from The Magical Jewel of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism – Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa’s Stava Cintamani, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the traditional Gayatri mantra very differently.

Stava cintāmaṇi is the work of Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa. Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa is one of the most important Shaivite masters. He was one century elder to Abhinavagupta.

That Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa composed his hymn with the intention of introducing his audience to the richness of the path of non-dual...
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The difference between initiation and awareness (prātibhā knowledge)
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The difference between initiation and awareness (prātibhā knowledge) badhya dīkṣa prātibhā knowledge Dec 16, 2023
In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the difference between initiation and automatic knowledge (breakless awareness – pratibhā knowledge).
 
“Gurvāyattā tu sā dikṣā this [inferior] initiation is dependent to master. But if once you maintain that pratibhā knowledge (pratibha knowledge means if you have command on awareness, when you have full command on awareness, don’t let anything creep in), and that awareness will carry you to that greatest power of...
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The definition of the Reality of Self in three ways - in Kashmir Shaivism
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The definition of the Reality of Self in three ways - in Kashmir Shaivism reality of self shiva sutras śiva sūtra vimarśinī Dec 15, 2023

In this blog excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the definition of our Self in three ways. He says “There is a difference in these three explanations of the Self…

In the first awakening, in the first sūtra of the first awakening, is the definition of your own Self. And in the second awakening, in this first sūtra of the second awakening also he has defined the reality of the Self. And in third also he explains the reality of the...

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What a yogi must do in this internal battle - Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell
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What a yogi must do in this internal battle - Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell abhinavagupta bhagavad gītā kashmir shaivism Dec 15, 2023

Abhinavagupta tells us that there is a war going on between our senses. In the senses there is joy, and joy fights with sadness, sadness fights with joy. In this excerpt, we will learn what a yogi must do in this internal battle.

This video snippet is part one of the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, as composed by the renowned 10th-century CE philosopher/saint Abhinavagupta. There are eighteen sangraha slokas, which are based on Abhinavagupta’s illuminating and original commentary, known...

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Special Lecture on Grace in Kashmir Shaivism
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Special Lecture on Grace in Kashmir Shaivism kashmir shaivism sacred shiva sutras shaktipata Dec 15, 2023

This talk on shaktipata [grace] was given by Swamiji in July 1978 on Shankarpal Rock, in Dachigam Forest, near the village of Harvan (just a few miles from Swamiji’s Ashram). This is also known as Shiva Rock, where the Sacred Shiva Sutras were revealed to Vasugupta, in the 8th century, AD.

Here, Swamiji explains grace in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism. To learn more about this subject check out our webinar “Grace on the Spiritual Path” which is extensively...

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The State of Perfect Embrace of Shiva with Shakti
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The State of Perfect Embrace of Shiva with Shakti perfect embrace shakti āhnika Dec 14, 2023

In this excerpt from the Light on Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka Chapter 2-3 third āhnika verse 69, Swami Lakshmanjoo describes The State of Perfect Embrace of Shiva with Shakti – “the state which is to be got, which is to be achieved, by everybody”. The full text with downloadable audio is available as hard and softcover book and ebook.

 

And this state of samghatta (this state of clash) of Lord Siva with Sakti – or perfect...

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Three States of awareness from a yogic point of view
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Three States of awareness from a yogic point of view kashmir shaivism shiva sutras three states of awareness Dec 14, 2023

In Kashmir Shaivism, there are three states of awareness which Swami Lakshmanjoo explains here: first from the ordinary person's point of view, and then from the yogic point of view.

This is an excerpt from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening, by Swami Lakshmanjoo, first awakening verses 8-10.

 

Now he explains this jagrat (wakefulness), svapna (dreaming), and susupti (dreamless sleep) in three sutras…

8. jñanam jagrat //

External organic knowledge...

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