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By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

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The Paratrisika Vivarana by means of the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth statement at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it truly is essentially the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism mostly. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, by means of culling out the $64000 topics and supplying an interpretation. the main target is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can comprehend it. The crucial subject of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. some of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the thought that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the total of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it's this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, according to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so proper in our occasions of fragmented elements 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 e-book is a vital contribution to reports 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 considering the fact that 1967, is the writer and editor of a few books and over 50 examine articles. Her major fields of study are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and non secular 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 likely one of the most appropriate students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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Iha anuttaracarcayamayoga eveti yojanikokta� parayoga� eveti iha yoga�). Here • 25. Cf. g. logic, hetusastra, vadajalpa, laukika, pancaratram, vaidikam, bauddham, arahatam (= Jaina), sarhkhya, yoga, etc. • • 14 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE anuttara-carca refers to the Advaita system. 200 ab) • This understanding of prakriya has to be kept in mind when Abhinavagupta calls his Vivara1Ja commentary Anuttaraprakriya, implying also the integration­ and-transcendence of all the tattvas.

But they still leave the desideratum of a comprehensive analysis and exegesis of this extraordinary text. The present work is an attempt at an interpretation, and I can only subscribe to the words of R. Gnoli, justi . g his study and translation: What has attracted me in this work was not only its difficulty, due to internal and external causes, that is to say, the abstrusiveness of the arguments which are sometimes only hinted at, and which seem to expect in the reader a deep knowledge of the school.

42. A. Sanderson, Saivism and the Tantric Traditions, p. 673. • INTRODUCTION I 23 The Trika has been combined with various other Tantric schools: the KalIkrama or Kallkula (Sanderson, p. , p. 681). The Kaula tradition goes back to the siddhas, and to the pervasive mythical-historical Siddha Matsyendranatha (or Macchandanath), who brought this esoteric tradition down to earth (avataraka). His veneration and recognition transcends the borders of Saivism and of the Indian subcontinent, since he is equally known in Tibet and in Tantric Buddhism.

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