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Reside in your own self. When you reside in your self, you will reside in this whole universe because your real self is one with the universe. (Spanda Kārikā 3.7) Swami Lakshmanjoo

What does it mean, “When you reside in your self, you will reside in this whole universe”? This and the background of the corresponding verse from the Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening – First Awakening is explained here by Swami Lakshmanjoo in this small but potent excerpt.  The Shiva Sutras were “found” by sage Vasugupta…

The Self is established in the light of consciousness and that light of consciousness is without differentiated bodies. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

This is part three of our series about ‘glamour of Lord Shiva’ in Kashmir Shaivism. We will learn how this relates to where the real Self is established in the following excerpts from Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara, The Essence of the Highest Reality, followed by audio excerpts from the Svacchanda Tantra (Shiva Sutras) and Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka. Each…

"Complete knowledge and complete action is the formation of Śiva" ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Light on Tantra in Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals what is knowledge and what is ignorance. “Complete knowledge and complete action is the formation of Śiva” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo C) The two ways of Knowledge and Ignorance (36–45) Now, he explains in the following ślokas what is knowledge and…

The important two kinds of Knowledge in Kashmir Shaivism

In this section from the Light on the Tantra of Kashmir Shaivism, Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka, Chapter One Swami Lakshmanjoo is explaining two different types of knowledge that are important in Kashmir Shaivism. Intellectual knowledge is nourished by that pauruṣa jñāna and pauruṣa jñāna is nourished by that intellectual knowledge, side-by-side. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo Audio 2 – 13:11 अहमित्थमिदं वेद्मीत्येवमध्यवसायिनी।…

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