New PDF release: Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute

By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

ISBN-10: 8124605726

ISBN-13: 9788124605721

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The Paratrisika Vivarana via the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive statement at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it's probably the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism as a rule. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, by way of culling out the real subject matters and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the realizing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can are aware of it. The imperative subject matter of mantra additionally ends up in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. a lot of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the concept that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half includes the full of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, according to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so appropriate in our instances of fragmented points 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 interesting e-book is a crucial 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 non secular experiences (Visiting Professor at a number of universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi on account 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 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 complicated examine, Shimla. She has translated vital Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is among the premier students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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In the eyes of a non-Sanskrit knowing reader, are they not sometimes more misleading than helpful? The concept of cit/caitanya/sarhvit is a classic example. "56 His conclusion, after going through arguments of the philosophical implications of "consciousness," " Bewusstsein," in Western philosophy, leads to the suggestion to leave such terms untranslated. But this does not solve the question of cormnunicability after all, the reader has the right to connect to the meaning without every time looking at the Glossary.

Were also Maharashtrians. 94 In a Paippalada Atharvavedic ritual manual, mostly concerned with magic, one section is dedicated to Muktimahamantra and parajapavidhi, the rule for reciting the mantra of Para which has the sole purpose of leading to liberation. 95 I refer to A. 96 My purpose in this introduction is not to enter into a historical discussion on the relation between the Parakrama of the Partltrfsika and the Srlvidya tradition. What we have to note here is the fact that the Anuttara Trika or Parakrama has not remained limited to Kashmir, but has pervaded the subcontinent, from west to east and mainly to the south, where the Srlvidya tradition has taken over the worship and meditation of Para.

46. The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir, p. 376. 48 Hence the interpretation is based on such philosophical foundations as the non-dualism of Consciousness (sarhvidadvayavada), and of the doctrine of Recogniti,on (pratyabhijiia). agupta, was the direct teacher of Abhinavagupta, but he left no work. 50 This line of the tradition without has been continued by Abhinavagupta's pupil mentioning the other schools K�emaraja, a prolific commentator on the Tantras and also an original author (especially of the Pratyabhijiiahrdaya, "The Heart of Recognition") Although he has not cOIlunented on the Partltrfsika or Vivaratla, he has composed a brief text sUIIunarising it : the Parapravesika.

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