Body and Cosmology in Kashmir Saivism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773499744
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 464

Table of Contents

1 General Aims 1
2 A Note on Methodology 6
3 The Sources of the Monistic Traditions of Kashmir 7
4 A Summary of Contents 15
Ch. 1 The Extensible Body
1 The Body and the Contraction of Consciousness 27
2 The Ambiguity of the Absolute and of Manifestation 32
3 Levels of Explanation 44
Ch. 2 Structures of Manifestation
1 Coagulation, Manifestation and Reflection 55
2 Manifestation and Causation 66
3 The Principle of Polarity 74
Ch. 3 The Embodied Cosmos
1 The Two Bodies of Paramasiva 85
2 The Essential Cosmic Body 94
3 The Manifest Cosmic Body 102
4 The Ambiguity of the Body 104
5 The Collective Body 110
Ch. 4 Collective Embodiment
1 The Universe of Shared Realities 119
2 The Shared Reality as a Cosmic Region 122
3 The Shared Reality as a Body of Sound 135
4 The Shared Reality as a Wheel of Power 140
5 The Shared Reality as a Sphere of a Deity's Power 155
Ch. 5 Structures of the Body
1 The Location of the Body 159
2 The Body as a Product of Maya 161
3 The Body as the Result of Karma 168
4 The Structure of the Body 175
5 Homology or Cosmical Recapitulation 184
Ch. 6 The Body of Tradition
1 The Body of the Trika Tradition 191
2 The Universe of Symbolic Forms 203
3 The Guru as a Symbolic Form 208
4 Mantra as a Symbolic Form 215
5 Initiation as a Symbolic Form 220
Ch. 7 Transforming Paths
1 Tradition Embodied 229
2 Liturgy and Yoga as Means of Transformation 233
3 The Purification of the Body in Yoga 237
4 The Control of the Body in Asana and Mudra 241
5 The Four Ways 245
6 The Power of Kundalini 256
Ch. 8 Transformative Liturgies
1 The Two Liturgical Systems 269
2 The Tantraprakriya 271
3 The Kulaprakriya 281
4 The Transmission of Power and the Transformation of Desire 283
5 The Secret Sacrifice 295
Appendix 1 Saiva Cosmology 303
Appendix 2 The Dehasthadevatacakrastotra 305
Notes to the Introduction 311
Notes to Chapter 1 317
Notes to Chapter 2 323
Notes to Chapter 3 329
Notes to Chapter 4 335
Notes to Chapter 5 341
Notes to Chapter 6 349
Notes to Chapter 7 363
Notes to Chapter 8 377
Abbreviations 391
Bibliography 393
Index of Terms and Deities 435
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