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….

Oh Devi, You are existing in each and every form, in each and every step, in each and every movement of this world. ~Abhinavagupta

In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Abhinavagupta shared a important verse he wrote about the supreme Goddess – Para Devi in Kashmir Shaivism, where he explained… Who is the supreme Devi and where does she exist?   Devī Stotra Tathā ca mayaiva śivaśaktyavinābhāva stotre [Bhagavad Gita, chapter 15, comm. verse 19]. I, [Abhinavagupta], have also somewhere…

Whatever I take is offered to Lord Shiva. Whatever I offer is for Lord Shiva. Whatever I offer is itself Lord Shiva. Swami Lakshmanjoo

“Whatever I take is offered to Lord Shiva, whatever I offer is for Lord Shiva, whatever I offer is itself Lord Shiva.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo This verse, well known throughout India, is traditionally recited before taking food. Drawing on Abhinavagupta’s Unique Explanation Of “Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir…” Swamiji further elaborates with the first verse of Somānanda’s Śivadṛṣti….

In this excerpt Swami Lakshmanjoo explains how to raise the fire of Parabhairava knowledge. “You have to work out with all of your might, [use] all of your might. And don’t think of any other thing to be done in this world.” This is from the Bhagavad Gita, In the Light of Kashmir Shaivism (Chapter 4 verses…

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