An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramārthasāra of Abhinavagupta with the Commentary of Yogarāja (1st Edition)

Author note: Translated through Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish yr note: First released February 1st 2013
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The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of final Reality’, is a piece of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). it's a short treatise within which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a striking exponent, specifically nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works because the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of 3 ideas: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara).

The major curiosity of the Paramārthasāra isn't just that it serves as an advent to the validated doctrine of a practice, but in addition advances the concept of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation during this life’, as its middle topic. additional, it doesn't confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such yet every now and then tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the obtrusive experience, particularly esoteric options and practices which are on the middle of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying these quite a few degrees of which means. An creation to Tantric Philosophy provides, besides a severely revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This e-book should be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric experiences and Philosophy.

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