By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina
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The Paratrisika Vivarana via the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it truly is some of 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 hard textual content obtainable, by way of culling out the $64000 subject matters and delivering an interpretation. the focus is at the knowing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can understand it. The relevant topic 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 conception that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the full of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it truly is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in response to the Tantras, which makes this paintings so correct in our instances of fragmented features of existence and data looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.
This attention-grabbing e-book is a vital contribution to experiences 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 due to the fact 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 complicated examine, Shimla. She has translated very important Sanskrit texts into German and English.
Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is likely one of the most popular students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.
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59. INTRODUCTION I 31 Abhinavagupta comments: Thus the body should be seen as full of all the paths, filled with varied operations of time, and seat of all the movements of time and of space. The body seen in this way is in itself composed of all the divinities, and thus must be made an object of contemplation, of adoration and of the rites of fulfilment. He who penetrates in the body achieves liberation. 67 Unless one enters into the spirit of the kulalkaula tradition, the neologism "Embodied Cosmos" will not help the reader to understand the implications.
Just as the other scholars dealing with this difficult text, I may also be excused for ignoring the Prakft passages. 18 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE One is a very personal and biographical one. In other works too he admits that they have been written on the request and insistence of his disciples, who are every time named and described. In the concluding verses of the Pariltrfsika VivaraIJa Abhinavagupta mentions with great affection three disciples for whom he has very specially composed this commentary: • .
Indian Semantic Analysis, The Nirvacana Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 1998, p. 7. • 28 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE In relation to sacred texts the exegetical possibilities are multiple. A. Sanderson describes them as follows: • This style of exegesis governed by possibility rather than probability is more appropriate to the texts of scripture, which as divine revelation are not thought to be tied to the semantic 1irnits that restrain human beings when they attempt to convey their meaning to others in ordinary or p oetic utterances.