By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina
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The Paratrisika Vivarana via the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is 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, via culling out the real subject matters and supplying an interpretation. the focus is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can know it. The valuable topic of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. these kinds of reflections and practices are inscribed within the thought that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half comprises the full of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in keeping with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so appropriate in our occasions of fragmented features of existence and information looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.
This attention-grabbing ebook is a vital contribution to reviews and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.
Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of spiritual reports (Visiting Professor at numerous universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi considering that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 study 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 very important Sanskrit texts into German and English.
Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is without doubt one of the superior students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.
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This, he says, is supported by the Tantras/ Agarnas: In Trika Sastras, this very activity almost without any curb is worship. All things are available for the fulfilment of this worship. The course of knowledge has been described in detail. Regarding the castes brahmaDas, etc. there is no fixed principle, for the caste distinction is artificial. The specification that brahmaDas alone are entitled for instruction can convince only the silly herd. " In Trika, it is established without any effort at proving.
76 . The Authorship of the LaghuVflti • The short commentary on the Paratrfsika, the Laghuv[tti, also called Anuttaratattvavimarsinf, has been ascribed to Abhinavagupta by the colophon. The author says that he follows the interpretation by Utpala. c. Pandey, A. Padoux, R. Gnoli, P. 77 However, they could not help but notice some important variants in the text of the Tantra, and marked differences in the style of the cOIrunentary and in 74. Tr. from the Italian, pp. Xll-XIV of his Introduzione. 75.
381. It is quoted by Jayaratha on the Tantraloka. 24. Interestingly, Jayaratha explains this title by: srf-paratrfsikavivara1Jildavityartha�, vo!. IV, p. 1883, implying that there are other texts by Abhinavagupta which could receive the same title. " We have to look at the context to understand the implications. l95-197 - The various Sastras contain different branches of knowledge, including ritual and philosophical, magic and the arts. And all this is to be understood in the context of the categories of existence or levels of reality, the 36 tattvas.
Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute Anuttaraprakriya : an interpretation of his Paratrisika Vivarana by Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina