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The Doctrine of Vibration


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Acknowledgments Introduction The Land of Kashmir The Saivism of the Kashmir and Kashmiri Saivism Abhinavagupta and the Flowering of Trika Saivism Tantra, Kashmiri Saivism and Kashmiri Society in the Eleventh Century The Philosophy of Recognition and the Doctrine of Vibration Notes on Methodology and Synopsis of Contents 1. The Integral Monism of Kashmiri Saivism Saiva Idealism Kashmiri Saiva Realism 2. Light and Awareness: The Two Aspects of Consciousness Prakasa: the Light of Consciousness Self-Awareness and Consciousness Awareness and the Integral Nature of the Absolute 3. Spanda: The Universal Activity of Absolute Consciousness Three Moments in the Vibration of Consciousness The Conative Power of Consciousness The Cognitive Power of Consciousness The Power of Action 4. Siva and Sakti Sankara The Nature of Sakti 5. Sakti Cakra: The Wheel of Energies The Wheel of Vamesvari The Wheel of the Senses 6. The Divine Body and the Sacred Circle of the Senses 7. The Path to Liberation The Means to Realisation No-Means (Anupaya) The Divine Means (Sambhavopaya) The Empowered Means (Saktopaya) The Individual Means (Anavopaya) Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index

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Mark S. G. Dyczkowski took his first degree at Banaras Hindu University and then took his doctorate at Oxford University. He is presently associated with Sampurnananda Sanskrit University in Varanasi.


"This is a serious, scholarly and personally committed approach to a highly significant topic. It makes accessible materials which are not widely known and not readily available." -- Wilhelm Halbfass, University of Pennsylvania "There is no other complete study of the Spanda, which is central to the SAaiva thought as it was developed in Kashmir. The treatment of the subject is sound, scholarly, exhaustive and penetrating." -- Andre Padoux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris "This delves into a relatively unexplored area of Kashmir Shaivism, i.e., Spanda, and offers a comprehensive first-hand treatment. The author brings forth new information and fresh insights." -- Navjivan Rastogi Abhinavagupta Institute of Aesthetics and SAaiva Philosophy University of Lucknow, India

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