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.
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!
Chapter Three of Abhinavagupta’s masterpiece, The Essence of Tantra, introduces his doctrine of ‘linguistic mysticism’.
Chapter Five of “The Essence of Tantra” by the great master Abhinavagupta teaches Tantrik Yoga practices, beginning with the sublime Fire-wheel Visualization, which, if successfully practiced, bestows full awakeness and liberation.