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Mala is the absence of knowledge. Mala is not something substantial. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt from Chapter Seven of the book Kashmir Shaivism – The Secret Supreme Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals to us what Malas (Impurities) are in Kashmir Shaivism. “This mala is very subtle. . . . Mala is neither formless nor with form. It is just ignorance . . . It doesn’t allow knowledge to function, knowledge is…

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…

Not knowing is saṁsāra, and that too is the sweet will of Lord Śiva. He has created this not knowing also. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt, Swami Lakshmanjoo tells us that through ‘not knowing’ one is caught in the cycle of worldly existence (saṁsāra) and that too is the free will of Lord Shiva. This is the 11th verse and a continuation of the previous lecture on the Bodhapañcadaśikā by Abhinavagupta, which was about time.     यदेतस्यापरिज्ञानं…

Kālakārṣiṇī is the destroyer of the sphere of time, and creator of, cultivator of, the sphere of time. She cultivates [time] outside her consciousness. ~Swami Lakshmanjoo

In this excerpt, from the unpublished Tantraloka 15, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals the true meaning of the Seven Pramatris, Kalasamkarshini (Parabhairava) and their role in this terrific state of supreme and beautiful worship of supreme Bhairava.   na kevalamiyaṁ bhedāvacchedanātmanaḥ kālasya grasiṣṇutayā evamuktā, yāvat bahiḥsaṁkarṣaṇādapī (comm. intro to śloka 347a.) saiva ca bhūyaḥ svasmāt-saṁkarṣati kālamiha bahiṣkurute…

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