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ISBN-10: 0203845935

ISBN-13: 9780203845936

Author note: Translated through Lyne Bansat-Boudon and Kamalesha Datta Tripathi
Publish 12 months 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 during which the writer outlines the doctrine of which he's a outstanding 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 is not just that it serves as an creation to the confirmed doctrine of a convention, but in addition advances the idea 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 now and then tricks at a moment experience mendacity underneath the glaring experience, particularly esoteric thoughts 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 advent to Tantric Philosophy offers, in addition to a seriously revised Sanskrit textual content, the 1st annotated English translation of either Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary.

This publication can be of curiosity to Indologists, in addition to to experts and scholars of faith, Tantric experiences and Philosophy.

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Then, while breathing in as above, he should visualize the Tig Le ascending from between the eyebrows to the upper end of the Central Channel; and during the holding process, he should concentrate on it. While he breathes out he should imagine the Tig Le flowing down again to the midpoint between the brows. He should do all this several times. Then, he takes a long breath and pushes the air down to the Navel Center. At the same time he should imagine that the Tig Le drops down to the Navel Center through the Central Channel like a small iron ball falling through a tube with a rattle; then, while holding the breath, he should concentrate on the Tig Le at the Navel Center.

Their instructions and rituals are available in other sources. The main practice of the Six Yogas is set forth as follows: 1. Instructions on the Heat, or Dumo Yoga—the Foundation of the Path. 2. Instructions on the Illusory-Body Yoga—the Reli­ ance of the Path. 3. Instructions on the Dream Yoga—the Yardstick of the Path. 4. Instructions on the Light Yoga—the Essence of the Path. 5. Instructions on the Bardo Yoga—that which is met on the Path. 6. Instructions on the Transformation Yoga—the Core of the Path.

The yogi who follows the above instructions should be able to lay a good foundation for Dumo Yoga and produce the Heat and Bliss. Some say that in the Heat Yoga practice one should also visualize the four bija syllables27 in the Four Cakras. This is described in the Tantras of Hevajra and Demchog, but not in most writings of the Six Yogas. B. T h e M o r e A d v a n c e d P r a c t i c e The above instructions were all directed toward the elementary or basic practice. We shall now deal with the more advanced practice, with specific emphasis on: ( 1) (2 ) (3) (4) (5) How How How How How to increase the Dumo, or Heat to increase the Bliss to increase the Non-distinction to improve the Bliss-Void Samadhi to conquer the hindrances in Dumo practice (1) How to Increase the Dumo, or Heat In order to increase the Heat, the yogi may lengthen the tongue of Dumo-fire up to eight fingers’ breadth, but he should still concentrate mainly on the original Dumo itself —the source from which the fire-tongue springs.

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