Concepts in Kashmir Saivism

The concepts in Kashmir Saivism evolved over a period of time. Tantra Yoga, of which Kashmir Saivism forms but a part is full of mysticism and no school of thought elucidates it better than Kashmir Saivism. Anuttara is the phoneme A.

it is derived from the matrix of energies viz., Supreme theme, Natural light, pure sense of I-ness. That is, the I-ness devoid of This-ness. It is an I-ness that cannot be seen on the outside since it is of the nature of consciousness.


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There is just one way to know Anuttara. And that is to recognize it as one's own heart. One of the concepts in Kashmir Saivism is that time and space are its just creations of the human mind. Thus Tantra Yoga postulates that it is all-pervasive and eternal, that which can only be described as a Supreme void. Alternately it is described a Supreme fullness that acts as the substrate-support of creation. For this reason Tantra Yoga calls it the abode of everything.

The Tantra Yoga Sutras of Kashmir Saivism

The first great kick off of this spiritual path, in our recorded history, was Vasugupta. For the first time, he is said to have devised in writing, the principles and the set of guidelines for this system.

And the Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta is the fundamental work of Saivism. It is, conventionally attributed to Vasugupta. Customarily, it is believed that, the Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta were revealed to him by none other than Lord Shiva himself. Mythologically speaking, Vasugupta is said to have dreamt. In that dream, allegedly, told him to go to the Mahadeva Mountain in Kashmir. The story goes on to say that, he found verses inscribed on a rock, the Shiva Sutras, on this mountain. These are said to outline the teachings of Shaiva monism. This text happens to be one of the main sources of Kashmir Saivism, a collection of aphorisms, expounding a purely non-dual philosophy.

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