The Philosophy of Sadhana: With Special Reference to the Trika Philosophy of Kashmir
After presenting a general survey of spiritual practice in the different schools of Indian philosophy, the author focuses on the Trika School, popularly called Kashmir Shaivism. He deals clearly and exhaustively with such topics as Shaktipat (the descent of Divine Grace), Diksha (initiation), and the role of the Guru. His treatment of the various paths (upayas) appropriate for the different types of practitioners is especially useful.
The book ends with a chapter on enlightenment (jivanmukti). This chapter not only presents the meaning of self-realization-in-this-lifetime, but offers material on this topic for the first time in English.
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Abhinavagupta achievement adhara adhikarins adhva Advaita Vedanta Agamas Aham Ahamta ajriana anava anavamala anugraha anupaya anuttara cit aspect awakening bhogavasana body-apparatus buddhi Caitanya cidanu Comm consciousness descent of divine diksa divine anugraha divine freedom divine grace divine Sakti embodied Essence existence experience external ﬁeld ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve functioning guru Hence Ibid iccha Idam identiﬁed impure individual aspirant inﬁnite integral Self-realization kala karana karma karmamala kinds kriya levels of creation liberation malas maya mayiyamalas nature not-Self Parama Siva parna aham perfect perform prakrti pramata prana sakti pratibha jriana pure svarapa purusa realization residual impressions sadhakas Saiva Saivism sakalas sakta upaya sakti tattva saktipata sambhava upaya samsara self-experience self-expressions self-ignorance self-limitation self-manifestation siva tattva Sivatva spiritual knowledge Srinagar stage suddha suddha vidya suddha vikalpa Supreme Goal Supreme Lord Supreme Reality svarapa svatantrya Tantra Tantraloka tattva technically called tion Trika system varna Vasugupta Vedanta veil vijrianakalas