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 good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an intensive remark at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it truly is essentially the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism ordinarily. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this hard textual content obtainable, via culling out the $64000 subject matters and supplying an interpretation. the focus is at the knowing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how one can understand it. The principal subject matter of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. some of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the idea that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half comprises the complete of truth” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it's this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in line with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so correct in our occasions of fragmented facets of lifestyles and data looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.

This interesting booklet is a crucial 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 spiritual stories (Visiting Professor at a number of universities), dwelling and dealing in Varanasi given that 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 learn articles. Her major fields of study are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and non secular 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 learn, Shimla. She has translated vital 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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He has to move to and fro, but also at some point remain stable like a bridge, so that others can cross over from one side to the other. This is the aim of the present hermeneutical exercise: to make a text and a tradition accessible beyond its historical and linguistic context, which means, first of all, discovering its relevance for our present world of the twenty-first century, with its unprecedented contradictions between (material, technological) progress and (human, ethical and spiritual) regress.

G. :1I), there is a higher esoteric ·tradition in masculine or feminine or also of Trika centred on the Supreme, Absolute neuter form: Anuttara. Hence it is called Anuttara Trika, the Ultima te, Unsurpassable, or also Ekavfra "(the tradition of spiritual) heroes,"44 or Parakrama. ). We shall see in the context ,of the Tantra that Para is at the same time the Supreme Word (paravak). "45 We shall come to the spread of this esoteric tradition beyond Kashmir, especially in south India. The present text, Paratrfsika, belongs to this tradition of Anuttara Trika, but, as the very first verse will reveal, it is related also to the Kaula tradition (kaulikasiddhi is the spiritual power aimed at in verse 1).

The Isvarapratyabhijnakiirikii, tr. of IPK I. , p. 118. • 61. Cf. 2005 (in Samarasya), pp. 93-94. • 62. Cf. also the criticism by Isabelle Ratie in her article on "Othemess in the Pratyabhijftii . philosophy" Uournal of Indian Philosophy, 2007), where she gives a survey of the different translations with a similar criticism of the term "representation" for vimarsa. See her discussion on prakaSa and vimarsa, pp. 18-20. • 30 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE literal translation more meaningful than any interpretation.

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