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The Paratrisika Vivarana by means of the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is some of 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, through culling out the $64000 subject matters and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the realizing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can understand it. The principal topic of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. a lot of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the conception that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half includes the full of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in keeping with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so proper in our instances of fragmented points of existence and data looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This attention-grabbing e-book 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 stories (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi seeing that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine articles. Her major fields of analysis 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 complex learn, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is likely one of the optimum students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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This brief survey of the works belonging to Trika and Pratyabhijna traditions was necessary for situating the Vivaratla in its historical and philosophical context. 47. Also attributed to his disciple Kallata. 48. Cf. PTV concluding verse 18, p. 105. 49. The three siddhis of Utpaladeva are: Ajaqapramiitrsiddhi, Isvarasiddhi, Sambandhasiddhi. Cf. A. Sanderson, The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir, p. 129. I have tried to connect these two sides of his work in my Introduction to Sivastotriivalr of Utpaladeva, Exposition by Swami Lakshman Joo, pp.

Torella (see Bibliography). • • 26 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE •• The position of this commentary in Abhinavagupta's works on the Trika has already been stated. Helmeneuties and Tantrie Ex egesis Hermeneutics is derived from Hermes, the Greek God, the divine messenger. Besides all its philosophical refinements and intricacies, it is first of all a method which "transports" a text from one context to another, which "carries over" the meaning and reflects on the perils and transformations which may happen on the way.

Tr. pp. 16-19, Skt. p. 6-Z • INTRODUCTION I 1 7 katham deva . . vrajet" is the pratijiitl or introduction of the topic. The intervening verses constitute the hetu (logical reason), udilharaIJa (example) and upanaya (application). a is a prose text, but as it is the tradition with any Sastra or commentary, it is framed by mmigalaslokas or benedictory verses, and concluded by summary and autobiographical verses. Both reveal a very personal touch of the author and his relationship with his teachers, his ancestors, parents, relatives and disciples.

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