The nature of awareness (Tantraloka 1 cont'd)

The nature of awareness (Tantraloka 1 cont'd)

In this section of the text, Abhinava discusses the nature of Awareness as the ground of all being. He breaks down sentience & insentience, gradations of awareness, individuated awareness vs. overarching Awareness, what full realization entails, and refutes objective materialism, all in the course of just five Sanskrit verses!

What distinguishes Tantra?

What distinguishes Tantra?

Many who believe that Tantra is mainly about sex found justification for their belief in the publication of a book called Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts. This short post, drawn from my PhD dissertation, seeks to show how deeply problematic that book is, and offers a three-point definition of what distinguishes Tantra from other forms of Asian spirituality. 

Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Kicking off the Near Enemies to the Truth series, this post explains why 'everything happens for a reason' is a near enemy, what the deeper teaching behind it is, and why it matters.  
Bonus: explanation of the role of facts, truth, and inquiry in the spiritual life. 

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

This extraordinary sutra teaches the goal of Tantrik Yoga—and of every nondual path—here called jīvanmukti or 'embodied liberation', and offers a beautiful definition of that goal: "jīvanmukti is defined as the natural freedom that arises for one who has recognized her own essence-nature when the entire mass of bondage melts away yet she continues to care for the prāṇas of the body."