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In this excerpt Swamiji explains the other meaning of the four things that make you complete: eating, drinking, dancing and laughing in Kashmir Shaivism. Here he refers to a verse from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, Chapter 5, verse 18.   Chapter 5 (32:52) हस्यते नृत्यते यत्र रागद्वेषादि भुज्यते  । पीयते भक्तिपीयूषरसस्तत्प्राप्नुयां पदम्  ॥१८॥…

Without qualifications You bestow grace to people. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this beautiful excerpt from the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali (Chapter 14 verse 15) Swami Lakshmanjoo explains how Lord Shiva bestows grace to people – śaktipāta and why. To learn more about grace also check out our online class “Grace on the Spiritual Path” Without qualifications, You bestow grace to people! That is śaktipāta. Chapter 14a (40:37)…

What creates rasa, the love of God Consciousness (in Kashmir Shaivism)

One of the Kashmir Shaiva texts we studied at the recent retreat in Culver City was the Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, which is a devotional song by Utpaladeva. Here we find him pleading, in the role of a devotee, to the divine Lord Shiva for everything… and he starts by saying, “Nothing is in the…

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