The Triadic Heart of Siva (Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta In The Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir)

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Item Code: IHL257
Author: Paul Eduardo Muller-Ortega
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 817030525X
Pages: 342
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8 Inch X 5.8 Inch
Weight 500 gm
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This books 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 embedded enlightenment. The author uncovers the conceptual matriz surrounding the practices of the kaula linerge of Kashmir Shaivism.

The primary textual basis for the book is provided by Abhinavagupta’s Parastrisika laghuvrtti a short meditation manual that centers on the symbolism of the heart mantra Sauh.

Muller Ortega’s approach is good clear intelligent and perceptive. The translation of the Parastrisika laghuvrtti given in the appendix being the first English translation of this short but important text is a very useful contribution to the study of Kashmir Shaivism and so are the long and numerous quotations in the text of other works as yet untranslated into English of Abhinavagupta’s Andre Padoux, center National de Ia Recherche Scientifique Paris.

Paul Eduardo Muller-Ortega is assistant professor of Religious studies at Michigan state University.




  List of Abbreviations ix
  Acknowledgements xi
1 Introduction and Methodological Considerations 1
2 The Historical Context 25
3 The Symbol of the heart in India Prior to Abhinavagupta 64
4 The Heart as ultimate Reality 82
5 The hear as embodied cosmos : Kula 100
6 The Heart : Vibration and Emissional power 118
7 The Hear and Natural Metaphors 142
8 The Heart as Mantra 162
9 Conclusion the Heart Attained 182
  Appendix 203
  Notes 233
  Bibliography 293
  Index 317

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