By Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina
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The Paratrisika Vivarana by way of the good Kashmiri thinker and mystic Abhinavagupta is an in depth observation at the Paratrisika Tantra, and it really is some of the most profound texts, not just of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism, yet of Indian philosophy and mysticism usually. the current paintings makes an attempt to make this tough textual content obtainable, via culling out the $64000 subject matters and delivering an interpretation. the main target is at the knowing of absolutely the (Anuttara) and the how you can understand it. The imperative subject of mantra additionally results in a mysticism of language with its philosophical implications. a majority of these reflections and practices are inscribed within the idea that “everything is expounded to the totality”, “every half includes the full of fact” (sarvam sarvatmakam). it's this holistic imaginative and prescient of Abhinavagupta, in keeping with the Tantras, which makes this paintings so suitable in our occasions of fragmented elements of lifestyles and information looking for integration. without doubt, within the view of the Tantra and of Abhinavagupta, language and mantra give you the key.
This interesting e-book is a vital contribution to reports and interpretations on Kashmir Saivism, its spirituality and philosophy, and on Abhinavagupta in particular.
Dr. Bettina Baumer, indologist from Austria and Professor of non secular reports (Visiting Professor at a number of universities), residing and dealing in Varanasi considering 1967, is the writer and editor of a couple of books and over 50 examine articles. Her major fields of study are non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, Indian aesthetics, temple structure and spiritual traditions of Orissa, and comparative mysticism. She has been Coordinator of the Indira Gandhi nationwide Centre for the humanities, Varanasi, and Fellow, Indian Institute of complicated research, Shimla. She has translated very important Sanskrit texts into German and English.
Dr. Andre Padoux, Paris, is likely one of the most appropriate students on Tantra, Kashmir Saivism, and mantrasastra.
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The study of those methodological principles which rule over the interpretation and explanation of revelatory texts. 53. Ernst Steinkellner, "Remarks on Tantristic Hermeneutics", in Csoma de Koros Memorial Symposium, ed. L. Ligeti, Budapest (Akademiai Kiado) 1978, pp. 445-46. 54. Indian Semantic Analysis, The Nirvacana Tradition, Cambridge University Press, 1998, p. 7. • 28 I ABHINAVAGUPTA'S HERMENEUTICS OF THE ABSOLUTE In relation to sacred texts the exegetical possibilities are multiple. A. Sanderson describes them as follows: • This style of exegesis governed by possibility rather than probability is more appropriate to the texts of scripture, which as divine revelation are not thought to be tied to the semantic 1irnits that restrain human beings when they attempt to convey their meaning to others in ordinary or p oetic utterances.
Icant in two ways: 1. That the entire purport of the Pariltrfsikii is related to Anuttara; and 2. Prakriya is more than a method or procedure, it has a very specific meaning. The title of the present work is one possible translation of Anuttaraprakriya, taking prakriya in the sense of hermeneutics, which is true, as we shall see in the first part: "Hermeneutics. " But prakriya is obvioasly more than a linguistic or philosophical elaboration of the idea or "concept" of anuttara, it is very much a practical approach, be it by way of ritual or yoga.
23. Apart from his Stotra Anuttarti$tika (given in Appendix). A. Sanderson also doubts Abhinavagupta's authorship, cf. The Saiva Exegesis of Kashmir, p. 381. It is quoted by Jayaratha on the Tantraloka. 24. Interestingly, Jayaratha explains this title by: srf-paratrfsikavivara1Jildavityartha�, vo!. IV, p. 1883, implying that there are other texts by Abhinavagupta which could receive the same title. " We have to look at the context to understand the implications. l95-197 - The various Sastras contain different branches of knowledge, including ritual and philosophical, magic and the arts.
Abhinavagupta's hermeneutics of the absolute Anuttaraprakriya : an interpretation of his Paratrisika Vivarana by Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.; Bäumer, Bettina