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"These are the most important points for entering in Shaivism." (Tattvas part one)
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"These are the most important points for entering in Shaivism." (Tattvas part one) kashmir shaivism tattvas (elements) thirty-six elements Feb 20, 2024

Thirty-Six Elements

This is an excerpt from the transcript of the audio that was the basis of the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme, book with free audio.

We offer an in-depth study of the “Tattvas (Elements); The Building Blocks of Creation according to Kashmir Shaivism as an online course on our website, which includes Q&A and discussions by John, Denise Hughes and George Barselaar, who studied and lived for many years with Swami Lakshmanjoo.

 

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Organs of Cognition in Kashmir Shaivism - (Tattvas) Part Two
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Organs of Cognition in Kashmir Shaivism - (Tattvas) Part Two jñānendriyas kashmir shaivism sanskrit Feb 20, 2024

This is part two of an excerpt from the transcript of the audio that was the basis of the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme, book with free audio.

We offer an in-depth study of the “Tattvas (Elements); The Building Blocks of Creation according to Kashmir Shaivism as an online course on our website, which includes Q&A and discussions by John, Denise Hughes and George Barselaar, who studied and lived for many years with Swami Lakshmanjoo.

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Pure elements, tattvas (elements), part four
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Pure elements, tattvas (elements), part four kashmir shaivism tattvas Feb 20, 2024

This is part two of an excerpt from the transcript of the audio that was the basis of the book Kashmir Shaivism, The Secret Supreme, book with free audio.

We offer an in-depth study of the “Tattvas (Elements); The Building Blocks of Creation according to Kashmir Shaivism as an online course on our website, which includes Q&A and discussions by John, Denise Hughes and George Barselaar, who studied and lived for many years with Swami Lakshmanjoo.

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How Lord Shiva creates masters and disciples in Kashmir Shaivism
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How Lord Shiva creates masters and disciples in Kashmir Shaivism grace kashmir shaivism Feb 19, 2024

Excerpt from the 10th chapter [Grace] from Kashmir Shaivism: The Secret Supreme, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. In this lecture, Swamiji explains how Lord Shiva creates masters and disciples in the kingdom of spirituality.

(The text below is the transcript of the original audio and not the text of the book)

 

SWAMIJI: And I have to explain to you now how Lord Shiva creates masters and disciples in the kingdom of spirituality. But this creation is functioned by his fifth act, anugraha.

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What THAT ONE BEING is like in Kashmir Shaivism
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What THAT ONE BEING is like in Kashmir Shaivism bodhapañcadaśikā fifteen ślokas kashmir shaivism one being Jan 02, 2024

Today’s lecture is an excerpt from the Bodhapañcadaśikā [15 verses of wisdom] as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo. Here he explains the most important points of Kashmir Shaivism, beginning with the explanation of what “that One Being” is like.

 

These are fifteen ślokas, which were composed by Abhinavagupta, giving a brief exposition of the doctrine of Kashmir Śaivism.

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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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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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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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How Lord Shiva bestows grace to people - a very different Shaktipata - in Kashmir Shaivism
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How Lord Shiva bestows grace to people - a very different Shaktipata - in Kashmir Shaivism grace kashmir shaivism shaktipata Dec 14, 2023

In this beautiful excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali (Chapter 14 verse 15) Swami Lakshmanjoo explains how Lord Shiva bestows grace to people – a very different Shaktipata – in Kashmir Shaivism, and why.

To learn more about grace also check out our online course “Grace on the Spiritual Path”.

Without qualifications, You bestow grace to people! That is saktipata. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

 
 

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What is meditation?
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What is meditation? kashmir shaivism meditation Dec 14, 2023

In this excerpt, Swamiji explains what meditation really is.

This is from Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka 9th Ahnika, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo, from the audio archives of the Lakshmanjoo Academy Copyright © John Hughes

 

QUESTION: What kind of action is meditating?

SWAMIJI: It is not action, it is knowledge, it is cognition. Meditating is recitation of breath, it is just knowledge.

JOHN: That rest in jnanendriya or where? Or in manas [mind], buddhi [intellect] and ahamkara...

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