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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….

Individual being is the mind entangled in the wheel of repeated birth and death. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

What is the individual being? In this lesson Swami Lakshmanjoo answers the question what individual being is, and why his mind is entangled in the wheel of repeated birth and death. He also tells us about the mind that has become one with God consciousness, in comparison. This excerpt is from the first verse of…

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…

Samadhi is where there is no mind, when mind does not work. If mind is one-pointed, it is God. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In his revelation of the Vijñāna Bhairava, Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what samādhi means, and also how the mind works according to Kashmir Shaivism… Dhāraṇā 23 तनूदेशे शून्यतैव क्षणमात्रं विभावयेत् । निर्विकल्पं निर्विकल्पो निर्विकल्पस्वरूपभाक् ॥४६॥ tanūdeśe śūnyataiva kṣaṇamātraṁ vibhāvayet / nirvikalpaṁ nirvikalpo nirvikalpasvarūpabhāk // 46 // Actually samādhi is where there is no mind, when mind does not work. The functioning…

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