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The important two kinds of Knowledge in Kashmir Shaivism

In this section from the Light on the Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo is explaining two different types of knowledge that are important in Kashmir Shaivism. Intellectual knowledge is nourished by that pauruṣa jñāna and pauruṣa jñāna is nourished by that intellectual knowledge, side-by-side. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Audio 2 – 13:11 अहमित्थमिदं वेद्मीत्येवमध्यवसायिनी।…

Mala is absence of knowledge. Mala is not something substantial. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

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…

If you maintain God consciousness in external world nothing will be lost. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

You are cordially invited to the annual Birthday Celebrations for Swami Lakshmanjoo on Tuesday the 9th of May, followed by a Study Retreat from 10th to 13th May. We are working towards publishing the first Ahnika of Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka. You can pre-order your copy here. At the following Retreat we will be studying this and other texts of Kashmir Shaivism. Till…

“Renunciation does not direct you towards God consciousness, attachment diverts you towards God consciousness. There must be love.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo SWAMIJI: …actually renunciation does not direct you towards God consciousness, attachment diverts you towards God consciousness. There must be love. When there is love, attachment it will take you, carry you there, not renunciation. What…

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