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The Aphorisms of Siva
The Aphorisms of Siva (May 1992)
The Siva Sutra with Bhaskara's Commentary, the Varttika
Mark S. G. Dyczkowski - Translated and annotated by
Paul E. Muller-Ortega - Foreword by

The Shiva Sutra was revealed to Vasugupta by Shiva in order to counter the effects of dualism. This revelation initiated the hermeneutics of syntheses and exegesis climaxed by the great Abhinavagupta. The Shiva Sutra is the most important scripture in the Trika system of Kashmir Shaivism. As a book on yoga, it explains the nature and cause of bondage and the means to liberation from bondage.

Bhaskara is in th...(Read More)
 
 
The Yoga of Vibration and Divine Pulsation
The Yoga of Vibration and Divine Pulsation (December 1991)
A Translation of the Spanda Karika with Ksemaraja's Commentary, the Spanda Nirnaya
Jaideva Singh - Author
Mark S. G. Dyczkowski - With
Paul E. Muller-Ortega - Foreword by

Spanda is the vibratory dynamism of the absolute consciousness. In the first section of his commentary, Ksja presents spanda as identical with the essential self of each person. The second section presents a methodology that allows access to the world of spanda yoga. The third section describes the spiritual powers attained by the realization of spanda.

Through modern physics, we have grown accustomed to thinking of physical reality as wa...(Read More)
 
 
The Philosophy of Sadhana
The Philosophy of Sadhana (August 1990)
With Special Reference to the Trika Philosophy of Kashmir
Deba Brata SenSharma - Author
Paul E. Muller-Ortega - Foreword by

After presenting a general survey of spiritual practice in the different schools of Indian philosophy, the author focuses on the Trika School, popularly called Kashmir Shaivism. He deals clearly and exhaustively with such topics as Shaktipat (the descent of Divine Grace), Diksha (initiation), and the role of the Guru. His treatment of the various paths (upayas) appropriate for the different types of practitioners is especially useful.
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A Trident of Wisdom
A Trident of Wisdom (July 1989)
Translation of Paratrisika-vivarana
Abhinavagupta - Author
Jaideva Singh - Translator
Paul E. Muller-Ortega - Foreword by

"I have prepared a trident of Wisdom in order to cut asunder their bondage." -- Abhinavagupta

This is a long commentary on a short Tantra. One of the most authoritative and venerated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it deals with the nature of Ultimate Reality and with methods of realization focusing on the theory and practice of Mantra. Abhinavagupta presents his metaphysics of language, of the Word (Vak), and its relation...(Read More)
 
 
The Triadic Heart of Siva
The Triadic Heart of Siva (December 1988)
Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir
Paul E. Muller-Ortega - Author

This book explores one of the most explicit and sophisticated theoretical formulations of tantric yoga. It explains Abhinavagupta's teaching about the nature of ultimate reality, about the methods for experiencing this ultimate reality, and about the nature of the state of realization, a condition of embodied enlightenment. The author uncovers the conceptual matrix surrounding the practices of the Kaula lineage of Kashmir Shaivism.

The pr...(Read More)
 
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