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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?

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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.

 

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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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“The mystical geography of awareness" in Kashmir Shaivism by John Hughes awareness kashmir shaivism Jun 28, 2023

Kashmir Shaivism is so rich and detailed in its theology and soteriology that it has been aptly described as “the mystical geography of awareness.”

It includes a highly developed system of spirituality that emphasizes not only the intellectual understanding of its philosophy but also the direct realization, the direct experience, of its truth.

For the Kashmir Shaiva, the very nature of truth, its defining characteristic, is that it is both limited and unlimited, atomic and...

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What is consciousness in Kashmir Shaivism conciousness kashmir shaivism Jun 28, 2023

“The light of Consciousness is not only pure Consciousness”, and Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why this is so in this excerpt from the book Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism, The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo. This is from Chapter Three; Entrance into the Supreme Reality.

This is a good book to understand some of the basics of Kashmir Shaivism, as well as learn about Swami Lakshmanjoo’s life.

Swami Lakshmanjoo

Swami Lakshmanjoo teaching in Kashmir (sitting on the right side of...

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In 1898 Swami Vivekananda visited Kashmir - three stories and his experiences
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In 1898 Swami Vivekananda visited Kashmir - three stories and his experiences kashmir swami vivekananda Jun 28, 2023

The following excerpts highlight some of the experiences of the renowned Saint, Swami Vivekananda, when he visited Kashmir in 1898.

ARANYAMAL* RAINA
The Sweet Mother

Aranyamal Raina was the wife of Pandit Narayan Das Raina. Pandit Narayan Das was the first among the Kashmiri Pandits to speak and write English, wear Western clothes and ride a cycle. Both Aranyamal and Pandit Narayan Das were devotees of Swami Ram Ji, a saint and the greatest exponent of Shaivism. Pandit Narayan Das also adored...

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How to meditate with one-pointedness in Kashmir Shaivism bhagavad gita meditation Jun 28, 2023

The most important point about meditation is contained within this lecture. It explains very clearly how to meditate with one-pointedness. This excerpt is from Chapter 5 of the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism, by Swami Lakshmanjoo).

This Saturday, May 9th, we celebrate Swami Lakshmanjoo’s Birthday. You are invited to join us online via webstream. Please join us also for our annual four-day retreat, May 10-13th, held online for the first time. Read more and register...

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The treasure of all śāstras is existing in the first śloka of Spanda Kārikā
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The treasure of all śāstras is existing in the first śloka of Spanda Kārikā spanda kārikā spanda sandoha Jun 28, 2023

This is an excerpt from the Spanda Sandoha, an exposition of Kṣemarāja on the first verse of the Spanda Kārikā written by Vasuguptanātha, revealed to us by Swami Lakshmanjoo. Available now as a complete set under the title The Mystery of Vibrationless-Vibration in Kashmir Shaivism: Vasugupta’s Spanda Kārikā & Kṣemarāja’s Spanda Sandoha – revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo).

“He has given the indication of the spanda principle in his Spanda Karika. The treasure...

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What is Moksha (liberation) in Kashmir Shaivism?
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What is Moksha (liberation) in Kashmir Shaivism? kashmir shaivism shavism vijñānavādins Jun 28, 2023

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is moksha (liberation) in Kashmir Shaivism and compares it to other philosophical traditions like Vedanta and Buddhism. This is an excerpt from the fourteenth chapter of the book, Kashmir Shaivism – The Secret Supreme, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. (This is not a transcript of the audio).

Shaivism explains that jñāna (knowledge) is knowing one’s own nature. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

The view that ignorance is the cause of bondage and perfect knowledge is the cause of freedom (moksa) is commonly accepted by all Indian philosophers. Yet, in...

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