By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina
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The Paratrisika Vivarana via the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it's the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism in most cases. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, by way of culling out the real subject matters and delivering an interpretation. the focus is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can know it. The crucial topic of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. some of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the idea that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half includes the complete of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in response to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so correct in our occasions of fragmented points of lifestyles and data looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.
This interesting ebook is a crucial contribution to stories and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.
Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of non secular reports (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi considering that 1967, is the writer and editor of a few books and over 50 learn articles. Her major fields of study are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and spiritual traditions of Orissa, and comparative mysticism. She has been Coordinator of the Indira Gandhi nationwide Centre for the humanities, Varanasi, and Fellow, Indian Institute of complicated examine, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.
Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is without doubt one of the most effective students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.
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The central goddess, Para, is white, beautiful and benevolentY Para has two aspects, for she is worshipped both as one of the three and as their sum and source. In this higher aspect she is called Matrsadbhava (essence of the Mothers), the sununit of the hierarchy of the female powers which populate the cult of yoginfs. Later, all this would be interpreted along more metaphysical and mystical lines. Matrsadbhava was read as Essence of (All) Conscious Beings ([pra-]matr-) and the three goddesses were contemplated as the three fundamental constituent powers of a universe which was consciousness only.
A case in point is the Paratrirhsikalaghuvrtti . . This is attributed to Abhinavagupta by its colophon, and that attribution has been accepted without question by modern scholars. But there are good reasons to conclude that the attribution is spurious. 82 • 78. Cf. A. Padoux, lA Paratrfsikalaghuvrtti de Abhinavagupta, p. 9, about the weaknesses of the text also pp. 15-16. 79. See Appendix. SO. Cf. also V. Raghavan, Abhinavagupta and His Works, p. 1Z where he is listing three MSS, all from south India (Madras, Tanjore, Trivandrum).
45 We shall come to the spread of this esoteric tradition beyond Kashmir, especially in south India. The present text, Paratrfsika, belongs to this tradition of Anuttara Trika, but, as the very first verse will reveal, it is related also to the Kaula tradition (kaulikasiddhi is the spiritual power aimed at in verse 1). The final phase of the Trika culminates in the great synthesis of the non-dualistic Saiva thinkers and exegetes of Kashmir, foremost in Abhinavagupta. It is Abhinavagupta who places the Trika at the highest level of all the other revelations.
Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute Anuttaraprakriya : an interpretation of his Paratrisika Vivarana by Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina