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Yogarāja says that, “this universe is the frozen state of Lord Śiva, whose universal consciousness, is coagulated.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This week’s excerpt is from Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara (The Essence of the Highest Reality).  Swami Lakshmanjoo chose to reveal the Paramarthasara because, as Abhinavagupta tells us, the Paramarthasara contains the complete essence of the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. In this direct and clear-cut explanation, Swamiji reveals and clarifies the essential teachings of this profound philosophical and practical tradition. View or…

Reside in your own self. When you reside in your self, you will reside in this whole universe because your real self is one with the universe. (Spanda Kārikā 3.7) Swami Lakshmanjoo

What does it mean, “When you reside in your self, you will reside in this whole universe”? This and the background of the corresponding verse from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening – First Awakening is explained here by Swami Lakshmanjoo in this small but potent excerpt.  The Shiva Sutras were “found” by sage Vasugupta…

God consciousness is never in any way absent from being. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals why “God consciousness is never absent from being”, in all the states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep and the void state. This excerpt is from the Shiva Sutras, The Supreme Awakening, third awakening, verse number 31. Read about the origin of this important Kashmir Shaivite text by Vasugupta here. “God consciousness is never…

So, you should find out the way to achieve God in the activity of the universe, not by shunning it. This is Shaivism. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is a beautiful devotional excerpt from Chapter 1 of the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo, highlighting the need to achieve God in the activity of the universe, not by shunning it. “So, you should find out the way to achieve God in the activity of the universe, not by shunning it. This…

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