The Splendor of Recognition


Unique in its combination of scriptural erudition and experiential wisdom, this book makes accessible the true philosophy of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism for dedicated students of yoga and Eastern philosophy.

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Unique in its combination of scriptural erudition and experiential wisdom, this book makes accessible the true philosophy of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism for dedicated students of yoga and Eastern philosophy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930939004
  • Publisher: S Y D A Foundation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 458,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Swami Shantananda studied art history at the University of London and has been studying Kashmir Shaivism for thirty years. He teaches Siddha Yoga meditation courses and leads retreats around the world under the guidance of meditation master Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xiii
The Sutras xx
Introduction: A Journey of the Soul 1
1. Consciousness: The Creative Power of the Universe 21
2. The Mirror of Consciousness and Its Countless Reflections 51
3. The World of Our Experience 67
4. The Principles of Manifestation Exist in Our Bodies 87
5. Universal Consciousness Descends to Become the Mind 109
6. Perception and the Human Condition 127
7. The Many Facets of the One Reality 147
8. Revelation and Concealment from Different Points of View 163
9. Destiny: The Choice Is Ours 177
10. The Five Acts of the Lord 201
11. The Five Acts of the Yogi 217
12. The Assemblage of Powers Contained in the Alphabet 231
13. Paths of Inward-Facing Contemplation 255
14. The Self Is Always Apparent 271
15. Within Us, the Entire Universe 281
16. The Bliss of a Liberated Yogi 289
17. Expanding the Center: Kundalini Unfolds 305
18. Approaches to Expanding the Center 319
19. Samadhi and Its Imprint 337
20. Mastery over the Vibrant Wheel of Powers 355
Epilogue: On a Visit to Kashmir 372
Appendix A The Lineage of Masters: Guru-parampara 376
Appendix B The Principles of Creation:Tattvas 386
Appendix C The Perceivers: Pramatas 388
Notes 390
A Note on the Sanskrit 402
Glossary 403
Index 405
Suggested Reading 420
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