By Swami Shankarananda
Attention Is every little thing before, Kashmir Shaivism used to be an esoteric box available simply to a couple students and different experts. In his ebook Swamiji provides the knowledge of this strong culture and explores recognition, the main intimate event of lifestyles. Swami Shankarananda has succeeded in making Kashmir Shaivism come alive in those pages, and that i ponder this paintings the easiest creation to that culture so far. Georg Feuerstein, writer
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These are also well worth having, and use different sources. W o r t h w h i l e s e c o n d a r y sources by m o d e r n scholars i n c l u d e Dyczkowski's Doctrine of Vibration, Mishra's Kashmir Shaivism, MullerOrtega's Triadic Heart of Shiva, Sharma's Philosophy of Sadhana and Silburn's Kundalini. There are a number of excellent studies by Indian scholars, published in India, which are more difficult to obtain. Among them, I recommend Pandit's Specific Principles of Kashmir Shaivism for the new student.
It says it is an illusion and tells us to renounce, give up and reject. Its approach is neti-neti, 'not this, not this'. Shaivism, on the other hand, is life-positive. Perhaps a philosophy that says everything is God could be used to justify sloth and indulgence. A tendency might be to say, 'This mud is God, so I will wallow in the mud for a long time'. Maybe someone has used Shaivism this way. As philosophies, both Shaivism and Vedanta have significant strengths but each has a potential weakness.
Notice also, Baba's use of the word freedom (svatantrya), in the last sentence. The Shaivite masters emphasise this characteristic of Consciousness. Consciousness freely creates and freely sports. As we liberate ourselves from our dependencies, more and more we take on the characteristic of Chiti, this sportive, Self-generated freedom. THE SHAPE OF SHAIVISM The essence of the Shaivite world view is easily understood. First we look at universal Consciousness, Shiva. Shiva's creative and active aspect is Shakti.