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Wherever I go, wherever my body goes, wherever my speech goes, whatever my speech says, whatever my mind thinks, that is Your nature, that is Your divine Self. This is the reality of our philosophy. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, Swamiji Lakshmanjoo explains the sixth chapter, called “Clearance of the Path”, “Adhvavisphuraṇākhyaṁ ṣaṣṭham stotram, the sixth. Adhva visphuraṇākhyaṁ means, if I am treading on the path of Thee, just to achieve You, just to get entry in Your kingdom, the happenings on the path, other happenings on the path…

He who is attached to God, he is beautiful because there is love for God. Love for God is charming. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Swami Lakshmanjoo was very fond of Sacred Hymns of Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, especially the verses below, and often requested his devotees to sing these. You can listen to Swamiji and devotees chanting the 13th Chapter here. The complete audio/transcription of the Hymns to Shiva, Songs of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali is available with free…

Here is an excerpt from one of the texts we studied at our recent 4-day retreat (first time online), the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali. Chapter 16 (03:49) जयन्तोऽपि हसन्त्येते जिता अपि हसन्ति च  । भवद्भक्तिसुधापानमत्ताः केऽप्येव ये प्रभो  ॥३॥ jayanto’pi hasantyete jitā api hasanti ca / bhavadbhaktisudhāpānāmattāḥ ke’pyeva ye prabho //3// O Lord, really…

Actually, in Shaivism, this is the fact that when God is perceived, [He] is perceived, not with the adoption of means. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the secret of Kashmir Shaivism regarding “The Real Way of Perceiving You”. There is nothing needed in perceiving You. Actually, in Shaivism, this is the fact that when God is perceived, [He] is perceived, not with the adoption of means. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo…

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