“He is the light of all darknesses, all ignorance of light. All absence of light and presence of light, have come out from that light.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is part two of excerpts on glamour. In this part you will be able to listen/watch and study excerpts from the “Special Verses on Practice“, the Bodhapañcadaśikā “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom”, the Magical Jewel of Devotion, the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, the Spanda Sandoha, from “The Mystery of Vibrationless-Vibration in Kashmir Shaivism: Vasugupta’s Spanda Kārikā & Kṣemarāja’s Spanda Sandoha”.

You can find part one here.


Excerpt from the “Special Verses of Practice”…

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Special Verses-882 (04:30)

prakāśamāne paramārthabhānau

naśyatyavidyātimire samaste /

tadā budhā nirmaladṛiṣtayo’pi

kiñcit na paśyanti bhavaprapañcam // 3

This is the way you should recite this śloka.

Prakāśamāne paramārthabhānau, when the actual sun of God consciousness has risen, when actual sun . . .

Sun means sun. Which sun?

DENISE: Actual sun.

SWAMIJI: Actual sun, yes.

. . . when actual sun of God consciousness has risen, naśyatyavidyātimire samaste, at that time, samaste, all avidyātimire, all darkness of ignorance naśyati, is vanished altogether. You can’t find any darkness of ignorance there when that sun has risen; sun of God consciousness has risen.

Tadā, at that moment budhā, those who are elevated, yogis, nirmala-dṛiṣtayo’pi, although their eyes are wide-open, kiñcinna paśyanti bhavaprapañcam, they don’t find any existence of saṁsāra before them. They find only God consciousness from all sides; in front, in backside, in right side, in left side, in corners; they find only the glamour of God consciousness everywhere. So they don’t find anything of those worldly things. Worldly things [saṁsāra] are gone for them for good.

Source: The Bodhapañcadaśikā, Abhinavagupta’s “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom” featuring Swami Lakshmanjoo’s revelation is available as a six part online study series: “Kashmir Shaivism and the Transformation of Life“. Includes 127 page transcript in PDF format, with downloadable video and audio material. Total audio time 8 hours.

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Excerpt from the Bodhapañcadaśikā “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom”…

SWAMIJI: They are fifteen ślokas were composed by Abhinavagupta, explaining the brief exposition of Śaivism, doctrine of Śaivism; briefly, in brief words, in fifteen verses.


Track 01b (01:40)

ॐ अनस्तमितभारूपस्तेजसां तमसामपि ।

य एकोऽन्तर्यदन्तश्च तेजांसि च तमांसि च ॥१

oṁ anastamita-bhārūpas tejasāṁ tamasāmapi /

ya eko’ntaryad-antaśca tejāṁsi ca tamāṁsi ca  // 1 //

That one being, ya eka, that one being, whose glamour of light does not vanish in all external lights and in all external darknesses; external lights and external darknesses, in those. As the light of a candle expires in the presence of the light of the sun, the light of candle does not shine . . .

JOHN: It is overpowered by the light of the sun.

SWAMIJI: . . . it is overpowered. But whose glamour of light is not overpowered by all external lights, and is not overpowered by all external darknesses. And all external lights and all external darknesses reside in that Supreme light, in that Supreme light of consciousness.

And yad antaśca tejāṁsi ca tamāṁsi ca, and you will find all of these external lights and external darknesses are residing in that Supreme light of God consciousness.

Source: Kashmir Shaivism and the Transformation of Life, online study course shaped around the original audio recordings of Swami Lakshmanjoo’s revelation of Abhinavagupta’s seminal text, the Bodhapañcadaśikā “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom”.

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Excerpt from the Magical Jewel of Devotion… 


Audio 1 (39:42)

अपि पश्येम गम्भीरां परेण ज्योतिषाभितः ।

उन्मृष्टतमसं रम्यामन्तर्भव भवद्गुहाम् ॥१२॥

api paśyema gambhīrāṁ pareṇa jyotiṣābhitaḥ /

unmṛṣṭatamasaṁ ramyām-antarbhava bhavadguhām //12 //

Will that day come sometime when I will, O Lord Śiva, I will see, inside my own body, Your cave, Your cave in which You exist, in which You are situated, that cave, the cave in my heart? Will that be possible for me in this life that I will ever experience the glamour of that cave inside my heart, which is gambhīrām, very deep (that cave is very deep, it is very long; you go inside, inside, and there is no end–gambhīrām). Pareṇa jyotiṣa abhitaḥ, in that cave which is deep, there is no light.

In a deep cave, generally you won’t find any light, it is dark, but this cave, this deep cave ofLord Śiva, is pareṇa jyotiṣābhitaḥ unmṛṣṭa-tamasaṁ, there you will get all of the darkness vanished, there in that cave, by the supreme light of consciousness. And a deep cave is always terrible, terrific (not terrific; it is frightful). A deep cave is already frightening to people, but this cave [of Lord Śiva] is ramyāma, very beautiful. “Will that day come that I will see that cave, I will perceive that cave, in my life time,” he asks Lord Śiva.

Source: The Magical Jewel of Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism – Stava Cintamani, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo.

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Excerpt from Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali…


Chapter 4 (29:25)

स्वेच्छयैव भगवन्निजमार्गे

कारितः पदमहं प्रभुणैव  ।

तत्कथं जनवदेव चरामि

त्वत्पदोचितमवैमि न किंचित् ॥१०॥

svecchayaiva bhagavannijamārge

kāritaḥ padamahaṁ prabhuṇaiva /

tatkathaṁ janavadeva carāmi

tvatpadocitamavaimi na kiṁcit //10//

[not recited in full]

Svecchayaiva bhagavannijamārge, I have never told You to put me on the roadside, on the path of Your abode, Your spiritual abode. I never told You . . . I never asked You to carry me on the path of Yours. You have done it Yourself! Kāritaḥ padamahaṁ prabhuṇaiva, You have put me on the path and now You are refusing to appear. 

Tat kathaṁ janavadeva carāmi, if I have been kept and carried on the path of Thine, why do I act like ordinary, worldly people? Why don’t I sink in that glamour of Thine glory, filled with consciousness and all bliss? How is it? 

Source: Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravalirevealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo.

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Excerpt from the  Spanda Sandoha Kṣhemarāja’s commentary on the first verse of the Spanda Kārikā…


Audio 4 – 00:00

SWAMIJI: This Spanda Sandoha is the exposition of the spanda principle based on the first śloka of Vasugupta, “yasyonmeṣanimeṣābhyāṁ . . . ”, of the Spanda Kārikā. [Kṣhemarāja] has put that base to expose this, the theory of spanda.

akalitamahimā yaḥ kṣmādisādāśivāntaṁ

kalayati hṛdi viśvaṁ citrasaṁyojanābhiḥ /

prathayati ca vicitrāḥ sṛṣṭisaṁhāralīlāḥ

sa jayati śiva ekaḥ spandavānsvapratiṣṭhaḥ //1//

Glory be to that one being, Śiva, who is filled with spanda and [who is] established in His own nature. Glory be to Him.

Now [Kṣhemarāja] gives the qualification of that Śiva.

Akalita-mahimā, whose greatness, glamour, is not counted. You can’t count, you . . . 

JOHN: It can’t be calculated.

SWAMIJI: It can’t be calculated, yes. And who creates this whole universe of thirty-six elements, right from pṛthvī to sadāśiva tattva, in His own heart, in His own nature. And at the same time, who citrasaṁyoja-nābhiḥ prathayati ca vicitrāḥ sṛṣṭi-saṁhāra-līlā, in this universe of thirty-six elements, who creates the līlā (the līlā is “play”), the play of creation and destruction of this universe in varieties. The various creations and destructions of this universe, who creates in this cycle of thirty-six elements, let that Śiva, Lord Śiva only, unique Lord Śiva, be glorified, who is always established in His own nature and filled with spanda.

(source: The Mystery of Vibrationless-Vibration in Kashmir Shaivism: 

Vasugupta’s Spanda Kārikā & Kṣemarāja’s Spanda Sandoha

revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo)

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