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AchArya Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1016 AD) was a philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir. He was also considered an influential musician, poet, dramatist, exegete, theologian, and logician – a polymathic personality who exercised strong influences on Indian culture.

He was born in Kashmir in a family of scholars and mystics and studied all the schools of philosophy and art of his time under the guidance of as many as fifteen (or more) teachers and gurus. In his long life he completed over 35 works, the largest and most famous of which is Tantrāloka, an encyclopaedic treatise on all the philosophical and practical aspects of Trika and Kaula (known today as Kashmir Shaivism). Another one of his very important contributions was in the field of philosophy of aesthetics with his famous Abhinavabhāratī commentary of Nāṭyaśāstra of Bharata Muni.

My question is, is there any work where he has been regarded as incarnation of some God?

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Yes, He is considered to be an incarnation of Dakshinamurthy form of Lord Shiva. The following verses are known as the dhyana shlokas, taken from Madhuraja’s ‘Gurunatha Paramarsha’...

May the glorious Dakshinamurti in the form of Abhinava, who is an incarnation of Shrikantha (Lord Shiva) and has come to Kashmir out of deep compassion, protect us.
His eyes are rolling with spiritual bliss. The center of his forehead is clearly marked with three lines made with ashes. His ears look beautiful with Rudraksha. His hair is tied with a garland of flowers. His beard is long, and his body rosy. His neck, black because of its being besmeared with paste of camphor, musk, sandal and saffron etc. looks splendid. His long sacred thread is left loose. He is dressed in silk-cloth, white like the rays of the moon. In the yogic posture called vira, he is sitting on a soft cushion over a throne of gold with a canopy decked with strings of pearls, in an open hall full of crystals, beautiful with paintings, smelling extremely sweet on account of garlands of flowers, incense and lamps, perfumed with sandal etc., constantly resonant with both vocal and instrumental music and dance and crowded with female ascetics and saints of recognized spiritual power, Abhinavagupta sits resplendent in the center of a garden of grapes.
He is attended by all his pupils, such as Kshemaraja etc., who are sitting at his feet with their minds concentrated, writing down all that he says. His two female attendants (Dutis) are standing at His sides, each with a jar full of water distilled from grain kept soaked in water for three nights. They have a box full of betels (tambula) in their right hand, and a fruit of citron and a lotus in their left.
His right hand is wearing a rosary of Rudraksha, and his fingers are in the position indicative of the grasp of the Ultimate Reality. With the tip of the nail of his lotus like left hand he is playing on the vina, which is capable of producing the original musical sound (nada).”

Looking at his enlightening works & the birth (was born out of intimacy of their parents during samadhi.) I don't find it surprising even if he turned out to be an incarnation. But even other wise, personally I don't believe in brand. My respect won't be affected for him whether he is an avatar or not. Source

  • Why is Lord Shiva called Srikantha??
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:41
  • @TheDestroyer Sri Kanthanāth is a form of Shiva who indwells in higher plane made up of only Purusha & Prakriti & he is the Lord of that plane like Brahma, Vishnu & Rudra is Lord of this plane. Jan 24, 2018 at 10:26
  • @TheDestroyer Above him is AnantanAth. Jan 24, 2018 at 10:26
  • Above AnantanAth is Aghoresha. Jan 24, 2018 at 10:27
  • Above Aghoresha is SadAshiva Jan 24, 2018 at 10:27

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