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Author note: Translated via Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish 12 months note: First released February 1st 2013
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The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise within which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a striking exponent, particularly nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 ideas: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra is not just that it serves as an creation to the proven doctrine of a convention, but additionally advances the idea of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its center topic. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet now and then tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the obtrusive feel, particularly esoteric concepts and practices which are on the middle of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these a number of degrees of which means. An creation to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a severely revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This publication should be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric experiences and Philosophy.

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Judging from the iconographicai, mantric, and textual evidences, one can conclude that Chinnamasta/Chinnamur:H:;hi is foremost connected with the Tantric traditions in llinduism and Buddhism. It is difficult to say unequiV

The reasons for and benefits of reciting the names as well as their significances is discussed in chapter 3. CHINNAMASTATANfRA OF SAKTA PRAMODA37 THE CmNNAMASTA MEDITATION (DHYANA) Chinnamasta is always shown in the pratyalicjha stance, nude holding (her own) severed head and a scimitar (kart[), and drinking with delight the red nectar stream issuing from her own headless txxiy. 37a She has fastened her head-jewels with snakes, is three-eyed, and is decorated with a blue lotus at her heart. 38 One should meditate on Chinnamasta as resembling 34 Chinnamasta a red hibiscus who is firmly standing on Kamadeva who is attached to Rati.

Sakti worship ofthe goddess: Perform the sakti puja. l Sikhayai Va~at I Hraim Kavacaya Hurp/ Hraum Netratrayaya Vau~at/ Hr:il} Astniya Ph a('. ) 5. Sacriflclal offering (bali) : As one offers the bali say, "Vajravairocani dehi dehi, ehi ehi. l Phat) Say this mantra two more times, once to the goddess on the right (preceded by) "Om VarQinyai Namai}" and to the goddess on the left (preceded by) "Om I;J:ikinyai Nama})". Again perform the six-limbed nyasa to these two goddesses. ". )68 6. i in the north, Brahma in the southeast, Vi~ryu in the southwest, Rudra in the northwest, lsana in the northeast, and Sadasiva in the centre.

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