Notable Books 54
Published: Monday, 06 June 2022 13:04
The Doctrine of Vibration . An Analysis of the Doctrines and Practices of Kashmir Shaivism, Mark S.G. Dyczkowski. The Suny Series I the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir - Editor: Harvey P. Alper-State University of New York Press. For more info click HERE
The Doctrine of Vibration is a well written work that provides clarity concerning some of the essential ideas of Kashmir Śhaivism. The author gives an overview of the different Śhaiva groups that held the Śhaiva Tantras, or Āgamas as an authority source. From this source and their teachers, disciples acquired understanding concerning the wisdom of life, and the practices necessary to reach a non-dual union with the state of the Absolute. Having reached that state, words and explanations were no longer necessary. The authors exposition through the world of Kashmiri Śhaivism begins with a brief review of some of the differences between it and Advaita Vedānta, with an emphasis on integral Monism of Kashmir Śhaivism. A major difference being related to Maya as a power of consciousness, and not illusion. We are then introduced into the Śhaivistic world of consciousness, and its two aspects of Light or Prakāśa, and the creative reflective Awareness, called vimarśa. It is an awareness that is able to be aware, or understand and know itself as such. From here the nature of Spanda is revealed. It is that inherent subtle vibration that is one with the reality of life itself, and manifest itself so to say as the activity of that “Absolute Consciousness” in of and through all things.
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