This spiritual treasure, gifted by God to the sage Vasugupta for the upliftment of human kind, is considered to be one of Kashmir Shaivism’s most important scriptures.
Supreme consciousness is the reality of everything.
1.02. jñānaṁ bandhaḥ
Knowing differentiatedly is bondage and not knowing undifferentiatedly is bondage.
1.03. yonivargaḥ kalāśarīram
Māyīyamala and kārmamala are also bondage.
1.04. jñānādhiṣṭhānam matṛikā
The Universal Mother commands this triple knowledge.
1.05. udyamo bhairavaḥ
That effort, the flashing forth of active awareness that instantaneously makes universal consciousness shine, is Bhairava.
1.06. śaktiḥcakrasaṁdhāne viśvasaṁhāraḥ
By establishing and meditating on the wheel of energies the differentiated universe comes to an end.
1.07. jāgratsvapnasuṣuptabhede turyābhogasaṁbhavaḥ
Such a heroic yogi experiences the expansive state of turya in the differentiated states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep.
1.08. jñānam jāgrat
External organic knowledge constitutes the waking state.
1.09. svapno vikalpāḥ
Internal perceptions and thoughts comprise the dreaming state.
1.10. aviveko māyāsauṣuptam
Forgetfulness and the negation of awareness is the dreamless state or māyā.
1.11. tritayabhoktā vīreśaḥ
The one who enjoys the oneness of the three states, waking, dreaming and deep sleep in turīya becomes the master of all organic energies.
1.12. vismayo yogabhūmikāḥ
The predominant sign of such a yogī is joy filled amazement.
1.13. icchā śaktirūmā kumāri
His will is the energy of Lord Śiva and it is called umā and kumāri, or for such a yogī his will is one with the energy of Lord Śiva, unobstructable, completely independent, always given to play.
1.14. dṛiśyaṁ śarīram
This entire perceived world is his own self, or His own body is just like an object to him.
1.15. hṛidaye cittasaṁghaṭṭād dṛiśyasvāpadarśanam
When his thoughts are diverted to the center of God consciousness then he feels the existence of God con- sciousness in oneness in the objective world and in the world of negation.
Or by aiming at the pure element of Śiva he possesses Śiva’s unlimited energy.
1.17. vitarka ātmajñānam
Any inference of such a yogī is knowledge of his own real self.
1.18. lokānandaḥ samādhisukham
The joy of his mystical trance (samādhi) is bliss for the whole universe.
1.19. śaktisandhāne śarīrotpattiḥ
By infusing his energy of will the embodiment of that which is willed occurs at once.
1.20. bhūtasaṁdhāna-bhūtapṛithaktva- viśvasaṁghaṭṭāḥ
By the greatness of this achievement of the energy of will the yogī can focus his awareness and heal the sick and suffering, separate elements from his body and be free from the limitations of space and time.
(When this yogī does not desire limited powers and is eager to attain the knowledge of universal being then) . . . pure knowledge rises and by that knowledge he becomes the master of the universal wheel.
1.22. mahāhṛidānusaṁdhānān mantravīryānubhavaḥ
By the attentive continuity of meditation on the great ocean of consciousness the power of supreme I is attained.
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