Continuing my series of posts translating Abhinavagupta’s Tantrāloka, this section gives us a stunningly different way of reading the Bhagavad Gītā, and a different way of understanding religion itself.
The final part of Abhinavagupta’s The Essence of the Tantras chapter four, this section contains some of his most exquisite verses.
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!