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Another gem from the conclusion of Chapter 4 from the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism, by Swami Lakshmanjoo, on the importance of awareness. Whatever action you do according to the way of your organs, that action will become divine only when there is awareness. Swami Lakshmanjoo DVD 4.3 (51:51) विधत्ते कर्म यत्किञ्चिदक्षेच्छामात्रपूर्वकम् …

What is devotion (bhakti) in Kashmir Shaivism?

Swami Lakshmanjoo explains what is real devotion and initiation in Kashmir Shaivism (from Abhinavagupta’s Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4, verse 34). DVD 4.3 (24:35) तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया  । उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः  ॥३४॥ tadviddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā / upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninastattvadarśinaḥ //34// [Lord Kṛṣṇa]: That knowledge you will understand by bowing before them [i.e., the…

Why this world is not an illusion (maya) in Kashmir Shaivism

In the summer of 1987 Swamiji began compiling important verses from the various scriptures he had studied throughout his life. Each Sunday he would distribute one or two slokas to devotees, at the same time giving in brief their essential meaning. In all Swamiji revealed a total of eighty-five verses. The following year Swamiji traveled to Nepal…

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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