The Philosophical and Practical Aspects of Kasmira Saivism: A Study of Trika Thought and Practice
Pandit, Moti Lal
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Book ID : 38965
ISBN-10 : 81-215-1232-8 / 8121512328
ISBN-13 : 978-81-215-1232-9 / 9788121512329
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
vii, 277p., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. The General Features of Trika Thought. 2. The Doctrinal Scaffolding of Trika. 3. The Philosophical Orientation of Trika Spirituality. 4. The Trika Concept of Spanda. 5. The Trika Devotional Mysticism. 6. The Mystical Night of Siva. 7. The Trinitarian Principles of Trika. 8. The Trika Concept of Kali. 9. The Esoteric Significance of Matrka in Trika. 10. The Nature and Function of Grace. 11. The Trika forms of Initiation. 12. The Yoga of Trika Praxis. 13. The Five Subjective States of the Embodied Existent. 14. The Text of the Sivasutra. 15. The Text of the Spandakarika. 16. The Philosophical Content of Sivadrsti and Isvarapratyabhijna. 17. Pancastavi: an Analysis.
The philosophical thought of Trika Saivism of Kashmir adumbrates a new dawn in the religious as well as philosophical history of India. It is so rich in its metaphysical thought as to be universal on account of it being open-minded and synthetic. It recognizes the validity of philosophical thought of every school to the extent that the truth is apprehended and recognized. It is because of this synthetic approach that Trika Saivism has successfully wedded realism with idealism. It is idealistic to the extent that it maintains that the world is nothing but the emanation of consciousness. It is realistic to the measure that it concludes that the emanation of the objective world is real. It rejects the Vedantic view of the Absolute as being mere light of consciousness. Instead, it speaks of the Absolute as being both the light of consciousness as well as cognitive self-awareness. It is on the basis of this philosophical thought that the Trika thinkers have equated the Absolute with absolute Freedom. Thus, the Absolute of the Trika is not an inactive or impersonal principle, but it is as active as the God of theism. It is an absolutism that has theistic orientation characterized by Freedom. Above all, it gave birth to a new school of philosophy, namely, the Pratyabhijna School.