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ISBN-10: 0203845935

ISBN-13: 9780203845936

Author note: Translated by way 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 awesome exponent, particularly nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 rules: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra isn't just that it serves as an advent to the confirmed doctrine of a practice, but additionally advances the thought of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle subject. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet from time to time tricks at a moment feel mendacity underneath the glaring feel, particularly esoteric thoughts and practices which are on the center of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these numerous degrees of which means. An creation to Tantric Philosophy offers, in addition to a severely 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 reports and Philosophy.

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105 The stress is put upon the means of simultaneous access to both knowledge and liberation, by presenting, in terms that are ambiguous, a ‘discipline’ (yoga) based on scriptural sources (āgama) that is proper to the ‘way of energy’ (śak ̄ topāya), this latter also called the ‘way of knowledge’ (jñan ̄ opāya) — the way of interiorizing ritual that is characterized by ‘meditative realization’ (bhāvanā) and mantric practice, notably that based on the mantra SAUḤ ; description of the ji ̄vanmukta as a yogin embarked on the way of energy.

THE TWO PARAMĀRTHASĀRA 15 by verse 60 of Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra, whose first hemistich is identical, but which shows śaivite modifications in the second: ‘Neither has liberation any abode, nor does it involve a going elsewhere. Liberation is the manifestation of one’s own energies realized by cutting the knot of ignorance’. 70 Similarly, Ādiśeṣa’s verse 81 71 is repeated verbatim as verse 83 of Abhinavagupta’s work — constituting one of the rare cases of word-for-word citation in the second Paramārthasāra: ‘Whether he gives up his body in a place of pilgrimage or in the hut of an outcaste, be he conscious or not, he goes [thence] to a condition of transcendent Isolation, his grieving at an end, for he was liberated at the very moment he acquired knowledge’.

5); his quotations of the Kālikākrama in the Sí vasūtravimarśini ̄ [SŚ V]; his auto-commentary ad PH 15, where he reverently cites ‘the Kramasūtras composed by ancient teachers in their own characteristic language’ (tad uktaṃ pūrvagurubhiḥ svabhāsạ m ̄ ayeṣu kramasūtreṣu), and ad 19, in which he refers again to the Kramasūtras, which he not only quotes, but explains at length, in dealing with the notion of kramamudrā, or mudrākrama; see also Sanderson 2007: 398ff.  483.  495).

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