How we have become limited being - in Kashmir Shaivism

A clear and unique explanation of the much-discussed term “maya” (illusion) in the light of Kashmir Shaivism as Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals to us how we have become limited being. This is an excerpt from Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara: The Essence of the Highest Reality. View on YouTube or listen to the audio below…     PS DVD 1 (00:55:10)…

All glory be to Thee, O Lord Śhiva, who art the only festival in my life. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is a beautiful excerpt of the devotional text of the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, explained by Swami Lakshmanjoo. In which Utpaladeva ask Lord Shiva: “When When that festival will appear to me?” The Intensity of the Festival of Devotion by Utpaladeva is to get entry in universal God Consciousness. Chapter 9 (11:49) कदा मे स्यात्विभो…

Kālakārṣiṇī is the destroyer of the sphere of time, and creator of, cultivator of, the sphere of time. She cultivates [time] outside her consciousness. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt, from the unpublished Tantraloka 15, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the true meaning of the Seven Pramatris, Kalasamkarshini (Parabhairava) and their role in this terrific state of supreme and beautiful worship of supreme Bhairava.   na kevalamiyaṁ bhedāvacchedanātmanaḥ kālasya grasiṣṇutayā evamuktā, yāvat bahiḥsaṁkarṣaṇādapī (comm. intro to śloka 347a.) saiva ca bhūyaḥ svasmāt-saṁkarṣati kālamiha bahiṣkurute…

The cycle of the universe is Lord Shiva’s energy. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Swamiji explains to us how and why Lord Shiva disconnects Himself from His energy and yet is never disconnected from it at the same time. This is from the Bodhapañcadaśikā by Abhinavagupta, who wrote the “15 verses of wisdom” for ‘those dear devotees who are not intellectually inclined”. This part is starting with verse 6 till…

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