In this excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Lakshmanjoo quotes Lord Shiva/Krishna saying: “I am the creator of everybody, I am the producer of everybody. This way, whoever knows Me, he is really a realized soul and he has got full faith in Me.” View on YouTube Bhagavad Gita DVD 10 (05:55) एतां विभूतिं योगं…

Maha ShivaRatri, Shiva, moon

The festival of Maha Shiva-ratri, the ‘Night of Shiva’, is celebrated throughout India and the world by sincere devotees of Shiva. In Los Angeles we will privately celebrate Maha Shiva-ratri on the night of Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, which is a day earlier than the Vedic calendar, according to Kashmir Shaiva philosophy. Swamiji suggested to spend the night…

What is devotion (bhakti) in Kashmir Shaivism?

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is real devotion and initiation in Kashmir Shaivism (from Abhinavagupta’s Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4, verse 34). DVD 4.3 (24:35) तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया  । उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः  ॥३४॥ tadviddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā / upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninastattvadarśinaḥ //34// [Lord Kṛṣṇa]: That knowledge you will understand by bowing before them [i.e., the…

Devi Stotra by Abhinavagupta.

In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Abhinavagupta shared a important verse he wrote about the supreme Goddess – Para Devi in Kashmir Shaivism, where he explained… Who is the supreme Devi and where does she exist?   Devī Stotra Tathā ca mayaiva śivaśaktyavinābhāva stotre [Bhagavad Gita, chapter 15, comm. verse 19]. I, [Abhinavagupta], have also somewhere…

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