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The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir

The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir (Used)

by Muller-Ortega, Paul

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9788170305255, 817030525X


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 embedded 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.

"Muller Ortega’s approach is good clear intelligent and perceptive. The translation of the Paratrisika 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." -- Andre Padoux, center National de Ia Recherche Scientifique Paris.

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

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