In chapter 36 of Sri Tantraloka, Sri Abhinavagupta describes in detail how the Guru-Shishya Transmission took place:
2) Bhairavi Devi
3) Swachhanda Bhairava
7) Kamalaja (Brahma)
9) Guru (Brihaspati)
Out of 9 crore diversifications (NavaKotiVistara) Bhairava ...
The Todala Tantram, which is a ShAkta Agama, talks about the 10 AvatAras of Lord Vishnu. The text also equates one MahAvidyA deity with one AvatAra.
The last chapter equates Vishnu’s ten incarnations with the ten
Mahavidyas. Durga is the Kalki, the last of the avatars of Vishnu. He
is yet to come, and when he does he will be born in Shambhala. He will
There is a beautiful philosophical explanation of absolute reality and its relation to the world in the Agamas of Kashmir Shaivism. However, it is not very popular like other philosophical schools in hindusim. Yet it is important to understand this aspect of agama and its view towards non duality.
Below is a classical comparison by revered scholar ...
The Shaiva philosophy of Kashmir is generally called Trika Shastra, because it is the philosophy of triad, 1. Shiva 2. Shakti and 3. Nara.
The literature of Trika System of Kashmir falls under 3 categories:
the Agama Shastra
the Spanda Shastra
the Pratyabhijna Shastra
1. Agama Shastra is considered to be revelation by Shiva. It talks about both ...
The main scriptures for the school are Netra Tantram, MAlini Vijaya Tantram, MAlini Vijayottara Tantram. But, they also have taken inputs from KAlikula Tantras such as GuhyakAlika chapter of the MahAkAla SamhitA.
The main body of Kashmir Shaivism is of course developed from Abhinava Gupta's Tantraloka.
Netra Tantram, for example, has been commented upon by ...
TL;DR: Read this PDF document I created.
Let me start off by posting a useful chart from Isabelle Ratié 2016 paper "In Search of Utpaladeva's Lost Vivriti on the Pratyabhijna Treatise", showing exactly what major fragments of Utpaladeva's Vivriti have been discovered to date:
The numbers shown are the verses of Utpaladeva's Ishwara Pratyabhijna Karika (IPK)...
Durvasa Rishi created one mind-born daughter, whom he initiated completely in the monistic way. Known as the Ardhatryambaka school of the Bhairava Tantras, this teaching manifests itself secretly from one woman to another. Kashmir Shaivism does not recognize women as inferior. In fact, Swami Lakshmanjoo tells us, “if a woman
remains one-pointed in her ...
Kalagni Rudra is one of the name of Lord Shiva (Rudra) who resembled the fire of kala. . The name Kalagni Rudra also means " he who is burned the Kala" ( the time , who is cause of the perpetual destruction of objects). Shiva burnt the deity Kala with his "Third Eye" , who came to took away the life of " King Sveta" , who ...
There are three theories regarding the revelation of the Siva-Sutra to VasuGupta.
Kallata in the Spanda-Vritti says that SIva taught the Siva-Sutra in a dream to Vasuguta who was living in Mahadeva mountain in the valley of the Harvan stream behind the Shalimar garden near Shrinagara.
Bhaskara says in his Varttika that they were revealed to Vasugupta in a ...
The series is so named because of the publishers and which is "The Archaeological and Research Department, Srinagar, Kashmir.
The above images are from Vol 1 of the series as found on Archive.com.
As regards, a complete list of scriptures, they had published, then I know of many such Tantrik scriptures but may be can't give a full list.
So, for the time ...
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.
No there is no commentary on Upanishads by Kashmiri Shaiva Acharya Shree Abhinavagupta. His main focus was to compile all Tantra texts which he did by writing text Tantraloka. Here are the list of his works:
Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Ishwara, and SadaShiva are called Panchabrahmans. Kashmiri Shaivism too with the addition of Anashirta Shiva in the above five deities list calls them Karana Devas. Sri Abhinavagupta is an authority on matters regarding Kashmiri Shaivism. I'm here quoting his text Tantrasara in the below passages:
- Lord Vishnu among Six Karana Devas:
Like out of Vedas many schools were established so from Bhairava Agamas which were monistic, schools of Kashmiri Shaivism were established. Initially there used to be many schools of Bhairava Agamas but as the time passed mainly 4 schools remained.
Although these 4 different schools propagates non dualism, but they are ...
Yes mentioned. In ShAkta Tantras Trika refers to the Triad - JyAna (knowledge) Shakti, IcchA (will) Shakti and KriyA (action) Shakti.
But at the same time, it also refers to other Triads like the Tri Tatvas- Shiva, VidyA and Atma and etc.
Here is a reference to Trika in the KulArnava Tantram:
Trika pujAntu yah kuryAd icchAjyAnakriyAtmikAm | Agamoktena ...
This page gives a reasonably easy to follow and a scriptural method by which one , who does not have a Guru Diksha but desperately in need of one, can make Lord Dakshinamurthy his/her Guru.
As much as possible, one must try and obtain a guru, to guide with
mantras and properly initiate the devotee or sādhakā. But often, we
are faced with a ...
There are 36 Tattvas in Tantras. Out of these 36, the top 5 are above Maya and are called Suddha Tattvas. They are:
Sadashiva / Sadakhya Tattva
Suddha Vidya Tattva
From 6th Maya Tattva starts and from 7th to 11th five Kanchuk are there (Kaala, Niyati, Vidya, Raaga, Kalaa). 12 to 16th are Purusha, Prakriti, Ahamkara,...
Most of the info is already given in this answer.
Bhuvanas are planes of existences which exist both in the outer world as well as inside the aspirant's body. As the aspirant progresses spiritually he experiences within himself these Bhuvanas existences.
First, note that Kala is one the 36 Tatvas of Shaktism (as well as Shaivism).
In Shaktism, as well as ...
In Shaktism, as well as in Shaivism, there are 36 Tattvas. Shiva/Shakti, Vidya, Maya, Purusha, Prakriti, Iswara, etc to the Panchabhutas are these 36 Tattvas.
These Tattvas are again grouped into Shuddha (pure), Shuddhashuddha (mixed) and Ashuddha (impure) categories.
Now, certain Bhuvanas (or worlds) are assigned to several of these Tattvas. That is, the ...
Shakti is Brahman, as long as one doesn't realize God, one sees male and female aspect.
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / The Festival At Panihati:
GOVINDA: "Revered sir, why does the Divine Mother have a black complexion?"7
Sri Ramakrishna: "You see Her as black because you are far away from Her. Go near and you will find Her devoid of ...
Yes, Adi Shankaracharya was opposed to the Bhairava Tantras. Adi Shankaracharya sent his shishyas to defeat the followers of the Bhairava Tantras, as described in this excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya:
Now Acharya Shankara, along with the king Sudhanva and a large number of disciples, started on a Dig-vijaya - a missionary tour for the ...
We find a reference of her as the Guru of Govindaraja and as the disciple of a Sri Vidya Parampara Guru called Shiva Ananda Natha.
One special type of Shakta Yoga, which is related to the Shambhopaya technique of the Trika system, is called "Kalinaya".
Keyuravati was adept in this form and was an important female Guru in this lineage too.
There is a ...
Yes, Mandalas are very essential components of Trika Shaivism. In many rituals, deities are worshipped inside Mandala form. Sri Abhinavagupta frequently discusses the use of Mandalas to perform various rituals in Tantraloka and Tantrasara. For example, in chapter 14 of Tantrasara, he discusses forming a Mandala in the form of Tridents and invoking deities in ...
The story is told in the beginning of Kshemaraja's Shiva Sutra Vimarshini. The story is that Vasugupta is directed by Shiva in a dream to go to a certain slab, on which is written the Shiva Sutras:
There lived on Mahadevagiri the teacher, by name, Vasugupta, a great Maheshvara, who rejected the teachings of Nagabodhi and other teachers of inferior schools;...
He is Krishna (in the present context).
According to English Translation of Abhinavgupta's Sanskrit Commentary By Dr. S. Sankaranarayan
18.61-62 Isvarah etc. Tam eva etc. This Lord, the Supreme Self, must be taken hold of as refuge. When that Supreme Ruler, the [real] Agent-of-all-actions, the [real] Knower, the very Self of your own, is reflected upon, ...
OSHO's discourse on Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is a masterpiece. He has done a detailed analysis on all the 112 meditation techniques of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.
Here are two volumes of ebook of OSHO's Vigyan Bhairav Tantra:
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Vol 1
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Vol 2
The Book of the Secrets: A New Commentary, The original series of 80
What is Māyā? Basic definition? It's role? It's products?
Surprisingly, Maya is the power of Brahman - Brahman has power in Advaita Vedanta also! From Vivekachudamini -
अनाद्यविद्या त्रिगुणात्मिका परा ।
कार्यानुमेया सुधियैव माया
यया जगत्सर्वमिदं प्रसूयते ॥ १0८ ॥
anādyavidyā triguṇātmikā ...
As Rickross and Uday already mentioned in the comment, I'll add it as answer.
"twelve fingers" in Pranavayu is nothing but a distance unit. The distance from the index finger to the little finger, when they are joined with each other, is the distance of 4 fingers.
3 times that is the distance of 12 fingers. Sometimes it is used to point out exactly where ...
Lalleshvari Devi is well known literary and spiritual figure in the valley of Kashmir. She has been venerated both by Hindus and Muslims. But She was constructed differently by each community. For Hindus, She was Lalleshvari or Lalla Yogini and For Muslims, She was Lalaarifa. Lal Ded was her name as well.
Birth and Death
There is no certainty of her ...