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The stages of mind and the joy of an appeased mind abhinavagupta bhagavad gita special verses on practice stages of mind Mar 04, 2024

In this excerpt from the translation of chapter 6, verses 21 to 24, of Abhinavagupta’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita Swamiji explains 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...

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"Go on remembering God and He will carry you." abhinavagupta meditation parabhairava Jan 29, 2024

In this excerpt from the Essence of the Supreme Reality: Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara, Swami Lakshmanjoo reminds us that “No matter what happens, go on remembering God and He will carry you.”

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तसमात सनमारगेऽसमिन

निरतो यः कशचिदेति स शिवतवम 

इति मतवा परमारथे

यथातथापि परयतनीयम  ॥॥

tasmat sanmarge’smin

nirato yah kascideti sa s...

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Article: "Universe as Divine Play" abhinavagupta moksha universe Jan 05, 2024

From an article from the Speaking Tree by John Hughes (revised)…

Universe as Divine Play of Diversity and Duality.

Abhinavagupta tells us in his Tantraloka that “Moksha only exists when your being becomes absolutely independent. According to him, a yogi can only be said to be liberated when he possesses this absolute independence; nothing must limit him or overshadow his universal consciousness.  This process begins when the yogi is experiencing the state of...

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What a yogi must do in this internal battle - Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell
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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Grace explained by Abhinavagupta in Tantraloka
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 //


dehe kimcicca laksanam /


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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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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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