The premises of these two schools (Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya and kaula shaktism) are essentially the same: the infinite, omniscient, omnipotent, perfect consciousness limits itself to become the opposite of these attributes, though pre-eternally.

But aren't these traits inherent to Shiva/Tripura Sundari/Kali/whatever you call the supposed supreme reality? If they are accidental they can be lost, but if the divine is essentially both limited and unlimited, etc(I don't see how this doesn't break the law of the excluded middle and law of identity)then it can never reach Liberation because it is essentially limited too.

How can the essentially necessary supreme have accidental qualities anyway?

Any Advaitists who are not Shankaradvaitists (they have a whole different ontology and metaphysics)have any answers?

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    Because it's play of Parmatma. Read this answer: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/26072/647
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Commented Mar 18, 2023 at 15:19
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    @TheLittleNaruto me being a Smartha(who follows the path of Sri-Vidya) is a Bhakti Marg, but in its essence is Advaita, states in the words of Om Swami Ji ,"You(the Divine Mother) are my object of worship. You are superior than I am and that is why I’m praying to you. But, I’m not merely interested in eulogizing or seeking pardon for my sins. I want to purify myself to the extent where I merge in you and you merge in me, so that one day I become you. I’m not interested in this union after I die; I want to experience it while I live! " Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 4:14
  • @Ramachandra See the above prayer in itself is self contradictory because it starts with supeririy of Divine mother, The suddenly the jiva wants himself or herself to be as superior as divine mother or in other divine mother herself. If you are running store you have employed sales boy, sales boys says to you that i should open a same store in fornt of your store, what you will do you will kick him out.. because buisness is competitive. Just to think of same experience as diving mother in itself is not balsphamey to your bakthi.. Advaitain upsena is dangerous there is no way getting bakthi
    – Prasanna R
    Commented Apr 6, 2023 at 7:43
  • @PrasannaR Ji Have you ever met someone who claims to have had direct darshan of Devi and Bhagavan Shree Krishna.I have met 2 such people one my Gurudeva and other is Om Swami Ji.My Gurudeva since birth for nearly 20 years did intense Sadhana while Om Swami Ji did both Sri-Vidya upasanas and Kundalini Meditations for 20+ years in the Himalayas.They cried for the Devi and Lord Krishna like a little children, begging them to give them a darshan, and then they came, and showed them the Absolute Reality, How they permeate every molecule of this world ! Commented Apr 8, 2023 at 10:02
  • @PrasannaR Both my Gurudeva in their journey for Truth came across people where 99% were interested in ego-massaging their superiority of bookish and scriptural knowledge with no practical sadhana experience....and others doing sadhana just to attain siddhis.Nobody is interested to meet the Bhagavan and know his true nature,everyone is busy proving his philosophy is superior....Full of ego,anger,jealously and contempt while doing bhakti of the Lord which is just opposite of what bhakti preaches? To be so immersed in Lord meditating that in the end we end up becoming like him? Commented Apr 8, 2023 at 10:08


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