Abhinavagupta: A Trident of Wisdom by Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

By Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

It is a lengthy observation on a quick Tantra. the most authoritative and commemorated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it offers with the character of final fact and with equipment of recognition targeting the idea and perform of Mantra. Abhinavagupta provides his metaphysics of language, of the area (Vak), and its relation to cognizance. He calls it 'the educating of the key of the Trika doctrine.'

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Abhinavagupta: A Trident of Wisdom

This can be a lengthy statement on a brief Tantra. probably the most authoritative and honored texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it offers with the character of final truth and with equipment of cognizance targeting the idea and perform of Mantra. Abhinavagupta provides his metaphysics of language, of the area (Vak), and its relation to cognizance.

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So the I-consciousness keeps throbbing without movement. 17. T he wise want to know it by reason, and fail miserably. T he common people know it instinctively as the ground of all existence. 18. H ere kriydfakti includes jndna$akti also. 19. T here is no succession in I-consciousness. I t is uninterrup­ ted. So it is beyond time. e. beyond tem poral concept. 20. Trikasarasastra is not available now. 21. e. knowledge without subjectobject relation. Each o f these four has four states viz. sff(iysthiti, sarjihdra and andkhya.

Imperfect) a n d paroksa (lit. e. ’ This is the sense of the use of the past tense. (An example of such reflection about the past in the present may be cited from common experience:) “ While asleep, I, indeed, bewailed” . In this experience, there is the proof of reflection about the past in the present. In the above example, the person does not remember the past experi­ ence, for he did not have th at experience in the past (and re­ m em brance is only of a past experience). , caused by excessive bewailment, exuberant singing etc.

6. The highest truth of the Divine I-consciousness is th at its continuity is uninterrupted (avicchinnatdparamdrtham). I t is always present in everything. It never takes a holiday. It cannot be escaped from. Nothing can elude it, or give a slip to it. T h a t is why Siva is said to be im m anent in the universe. T ext Different implications of the word Devi: From iyatapaJyantyddisrftikramena on p. 3,1. 5 upto devatdvyavahdrah on p. 3,1. 14 T r a n s l a t io n (She is called Devi because of the following reasons:) 1.

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