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Author note: Translated by means of Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish yr note: First released February 1st 2013

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise within which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a amazing exponent, particularly nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 ideas: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra is not just that it serves as an advent to the tested doctrine of a convention, but in addition advances the inspiration of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle subject matter. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet from time to time tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the obtrusive experience, specifically esoteric strategies and practices which are on the center of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these a variety of degrees of which means. An advent to Tantric Philosophy provides, in addition to a seriously revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This ebook can be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric reviews and Philosophy.

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In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali recommends that we surrender ourselves to Isvara. It is the only recommendation that is repeated four times throughout the text. ” Or at least we are more able to recognize that bit of the Divine source that resides within us. Isvara is a personal form of God we can relate to. What is most important here is that we find some common ground with something that would otherwise seem too grand and unattainable. Isvara brings God out of the ether and into our hearts and bodies.

For most of my childhood, I actually thought that I was named after the lord of destruction, which was the common definition in encyclopedias and dictionaries. I didn’t have a book or a teacher at that time to reveal the inner meanings of the name. I now know there are a thousand names for Shiva—ranging from the peaceful and sublime Mahayogin, from which all the yogic asanas emerged; to the lover of Shakti, Kamadeva; to the great howler, Rudra. I have fallen madly in love with the goddess and have been anchored during the storms of my life in the myths of the great goddess Durga, who, accompanied by her army of sixty-four thousand yoginis, enters places of utter chaos and resurrects the world through her fierce love.

SHIVA REA Costa Rica, 2010 introduction THE GIFTS OF YOGA are as numerous and varied as the petals of a lotus blossom. Although yoga’s broader teachings touch on all aspects of life, it is asana practice that has made it immensely popular around the globe, and there is a good reason for it. Asana practice challenges the body and focuses the mind, while its philosophical principles encourage spiritual growth. Asanas can be viewed as a kind of prayer, and they have a significant and wholesome effect on our physical body, our psyche, and our emotional health.

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