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BOOK: Essence of the Supreme Reality: Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara

BOOK: Essence of the Supreme Reality: Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara


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Pp xviii + 183

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The philosopher saint Swami Lakshmanjoo chose to reveal the Paramarthasara, The Essence of the Supreme Reality because, as the author Abhinavagupta tells us, this text contains the complete essence of the teachings of the long-concealed non-dual philosophical tradition known as Kashmir Shaivism. In his direct and unambiguous explanation, Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals and elucidates the essential oral teachings of this profound philosophical and practical tradition. Originally a work of Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, Abhinavagupta chose to revise and update this revered text in order to reveal the profundities of the Kashmir Shaivite doctrine. As Abhinavagupta tells us in the conclusion of the Paramarthasara, “I have kept this Paramarthasara, in brief words, in one hundred verses. But although it is only one hundred verses in body, in the volume of knowledge it contains it is more than ten million verses.”

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