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 Friday, Feb 21st, 2020, which is a day earlier than the Vedic calendar, according to Kashmir Shaiva philosophy. Swamiji suggested spending…

The correct way of meditation on breath with "so'ham" mantra

In this lecture from the Manual for Self Realization: 112 Meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, verses 24, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the correct way of meditation on breath with “so‘ham” mantra. Dhāraṇā 1 श्रीभैरव उवाच ऊर्ध्वे प्राणो ह्यधो जीवो विसर्गात्मा परोच्चरेत् । उत्पत्तिद्वितयस्थाने, भरणाद्भरिता स्थितिः ॥२४॥   śrī bhairava uvāca ūrdhve prāṇo hyadho jīvo visargātmā…

You have to elevate yourself by yourself. no other element can elevate yourself. you have got that power, but that power you have ignored. Invoke that power within! Find out that power that you have got! Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this empowering excerpt Swami Lakshmanjoo encourages us to find out that power within [ourselves]. “You have to elevate yourself by yourself. There is no other element, which will help you to push up. You have to push [yourself up] with all of your might, because you have got that power, but that power you…

Stages of mind in Kashmir Shaivism by Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is Swami Lakshmanjoo’s translation of chapter 6, verses 21 to 24, of Abhinavagupta’s commentary of the Bhagavad Gita explaining the stages of mind and the joy of an appeased mind in Kashmir Shaivism. In the summer of 1987 Swami Lakshmanjoo began compiling important verses from the various scriptures he had studied throughout his life….

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