The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir / Edition 1

The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir / Edition 1

by Paul E. Muller-Ortega, Harvey P. (Ed.) Alper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887067875

ISBN-13: 9780887067877

Pub. Date: 11/28/1988

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

Overview

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 primary textual basis for the book is provided by Abhinavagupta’s Paratrisika-laghuvrtti, a short meditation manual that centers on the symbolism of the Heart-mantra, SAUH.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887067877
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1988
Series:
SUNY series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir Series
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1. Introduction and Methodological Considerations

2. The Historical Context

3. The Symbol of the Heart in India Prior to Abhinavagupta

4. The Heart as Ultimate Reality

5. The Heart as Embodied Cosmos: Kula

6. The Heart: Vibration and Emissional Power

7. The Heart and Natural Metaphors

8. The Heart as Mantra

9. Conclusion: The Heart Attained

APPENDIX

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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