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The Universe, as we see it, is a reflection in the mirror of God-consciousness." ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

The Theory of Reflection, pratibimabavāda, is one of the core principles of Kashmir Shaivism. In this excerpt from Chapter 4 of his book Kashmir Shaivism The Secret Supreme, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals to us this unique principle as Abhinavagupta has written in his famous Tantraloka. “The Universe, as we see it, is a reflection in the mirror…

“The pathway is Shakti. You have to sentence your mind to Lord Shiva through Shakti, the embodiment of energy.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt, Devi is asking: “O Lord, what is the real essence of the way we have to tread?” and Swami Lakshmanjoo is revealing to us what Lord Shiva’s answer is as he explains important concepts of Kashmir Shaivism. This is an excerpt from the Vijnana Bhairava: The Manual for Self Realization, verses 2b…

“The inferior state is the most supreme state of Lord Shiva.” Swami Lakshmanjoo

An excerpt from the Paratrishika Laguvritti by Swami Lakshmanjoo explains why the objective world is considered highest in Trika Shaivism . . . So, krama abhinna samasta tattva svīkaraṇāt, all the elements are owned . . . āsanavyāptiḥ pradarśita [bhavati] / . . . [so,] this is vyāptiḥ of pervading-ness of āsana; this is all seat…

At the place of God Consciousness everything is divine ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt, Swamiji explains why good conduct promotes knowledge in Kashmir Shaivism. And how “at the place of God Consciousness everything is good . . . ” and why even “Too much bad is also good.” Read on in this excerpt from the online series Kashmir Shaivism and the Transformation of Life, featuring Swami…

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