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Specific Principles of Kashmir Saivism

 
B.N. Pandit (Author)
Synopsis

Specific Principle of Kashmir Saivism throws a clear light on the aspects of Trika Saiva philosophy that remain either untouched or not well-clarified in other schools. Starting with discussion of the theistic absolutism of the Trika system, B.N. Pandit guides us through abhinavagupta's critique of the primary cosmogonic theories of his time - the materialist realism of Samkhya, the momentary-idealism of Vijnanavadas, and the vivarta theory of Advaita Vedanta -en route to establishing the Kashmir Saiva theory of theistic reflectional manifestation as a unique and supremely logical cosmogonic system. Like the topic of cosmogony, several other important principles are unique developments of the Trika system. These topic include: Spanda, Saktipata, the classification of beings, aesthetics, the notion of Sabdabrahman, the relation of the five purana to the four states of consciousness, and Trika yoga. This book illuminates these topics on the basis of the writing of the primary masters of the school, including Vasugupta, Kallata Bhatta, Somananda, Utpaladeva, and Abhinavagupta.

In addition, the author has include a chapter on the vilasa principle as expounded in the Neo-Saiva philosophy (Abhinava-Saivadarsana) of Acarya Amrtavagbhava. This work also includes an index, extensive glossary, and appendix of Sanskrit quotations, making it an invaluable source-book for beginners and scholars alike.

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About the author

B.N. Pandit

Dr. B.N. Pandit, a scholar of Kashmir Shaivism, honored for his work by President of India, was formerly a Professor of Sanskrit and Philosophy at Himachal Pradesh University. After retirement, he was a scholar at the Ranvir Kendriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeth. He is the author of Specific Principles of Kashmir Shaivism and History of Kashmir Shavism. His Ph.D. is from Panjab University. He is currently a member of the Faculty of the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute.

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Bibliographic information

Title Specific Principles of Kashmir Saivism
Author B.N. Pandit
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121507295
length 224p., 8.8" X 5.8"