Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute by Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina

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The Paratrisika Vivarana by way of the nice Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth statement at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it truly is the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism often. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this hard textual content available, through culling out the $64000 issues and providing an interpretation. the main target is at the figuring out of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can know it. The primary topic of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. a lot of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the concept that “everything is said to the totality”, “every half comprises the full of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it really is this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in accordance with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so proper in our occasions of fragmented points of lifestyles and data looking for integration. doubtless, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This attention-grabbing ebook is a vital contribution to experiences and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.

Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of non secular reviews (Visiting Professor at a number of universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi due to the fact 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine articles. Her major fields of study are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and spiritual traditions of Orissa, and comparative mysticism. She has been Coordinator of the Indira Gandhi nationwide Centre for the humanities, Varanasi, and Fellow, Indian Institute of complicated research, Shimla. She has translated very important Sanskrit texts into German and English.

Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is likely one of the most effective students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.

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81. A. Sanderson, "A Commentary on the Opening Verses", in Samarasya, p. 142, footnote 124. 82. Cf. also his remarks in "The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir", p. 379. ). The only difference is that he did not have the reasons for giving a south . Indian origin of the text. RN. Apart from other differences, it should be surprising that the two main hermeneutical schemes of the Vivara1;la are totally absent from the Laghuvrtti, namely the four levels of vac, and the doctrine of sarvaril sarviitmakam. The Spread of Anuttara Trika I Parakrama Without going into historical details it is necessary at least to refer to the influence of the Pariitrfsika, the "root text" (A.

V. Raghavan, in his study on "Abhinavagupta and his Works,"7l has given several important references to the Vivara1;la in the context of Abhinavagupta's works, without having gone into the content. It is Andre Padoux who has given an interpretation of the central themes of the Paratrrsika Vivara1;la in relation to the Word (vac) and mantra in his illuminating work: Vac. 73 Another central concept has been dealt with by Paul Muller-Ortega: the theme of the heart, however based on the short conunentary on the ParatrrSika� the Laghuv[tti, which was assumed to be equally by Abhinavagupta.

A. Sanderson in Samvidullasah . • 99.

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