My translation of Light on Tantra chapter one continues after a two-year hiatus! This section is about magical ritual, among other things . . .
The ‘Second Flow’ (chapter two) of the Stanzas on Pulsation reveals the secret of how mantras work. This teaching has been influential in Hindu Tantrik Yoga all the way down to the present day.
The first half of this sublime text, newly translated. ‘The Stanzas on the Innate Pulsation of Awareness’ (Spanda-kārikā), First Flow (i.e., chapter one), entitled ‘The Pulsation of One’s True Nature’ (svarūpa-spanda).
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.