This stunning description of a 10-cakra system is the only premodern source we know of that associates specific cakras with specific mental-emotional states. Part 1 of 2.
Chapter Four of Abhinavagupta’s masterpiece, “The Essence of the Tantras” continues: this section features the initial revelation of the Twelve Kālīs, perhaps the most sublime and secret teaching of nondual Tantra.
The third and final part of Chapter Three of Abhinavagupta’s Tantrasāra teaches us about the relationship between the fundamental powers of Awareness and human language, and introduces the doctrine of enlivened mantras.
This section of “The Essence of Tantra” teaches the fascinating practice called ‘Elevation of the Prana’, and unveils some of the key teachings on mystical experience in the Kaula tradition of nondual Tantra. Also: the five-chakra system!
In this captivating section of ‘The Essence of Tantra’ chapter four, Abhinavagupta lays out in luminous prose how a nondual Tāntrika understands the spiritual practices like Puja, Japa, Homa, and Yoga.
In this section of his most accessible work, The Essence of the Tantras, Abhinavagupta makes a compelling — and controversial — argument that none of the practices of Yoga contribute to the possibility of abiding awakeness or final liberation except insofar as they contribute to discernment and insight, for only accurate insight into the nature of reality liberates. This nuanced and careful argument is a must-read for all Tantrik Yogis!