Abhinavagupta: A Trident of Wisdom by Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

By Jaideva Singh, Paul Muller-Ortega

This can be a lengthy statement on a quick Tantra. essentially the most authoritative and commemorated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it offers with the character of final fact and with equipment of consciousness concentrating on the idea and perform of Mantra. Abhinavagupta offers his metaphysics of language, of the realm (Vak), and its relation to cognizance. He calls it 'the instructing of the key of the Trika doctrine.'

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V. 19 Thus this unsurpassable Reality {anuttara) has been explained in sixteen ways. In the Trikasara20 also, it has been said: “Anuttara is the heart (centre) of all. There is a knot in th a t heart. ” N otes 1. The following form the thirty-six tattoos or categories of existence according to this commentary: M ahabhutas (gross physical elements) —5 (earth, water, air, fire, ether) T anm atras 5 (rupa, rasa, gandha, iabda, sparfa) Jnanendriyas 5 K armendriyas 5 Buddhi, M anas, Ahamkara 3 Prakfti 1 Puru§a 1 28 Maya together with her five kancukas Suddha vidya Isvara Sadativa AnaSrita Siva and his Sakti Para-TriSikd- Vioarana 6 1 1 1 2 36 2.

It has been (thus) said by myself in one of my hymns: “ Slender (pratanu) rain falling continuously (avicchidaiuapatan) is not visible in the far-spreading sky (vitata ioa nabhasi) b ut it is clearly visible in juxtaposition with the tree of the forest or the eaves of the roof of a house. Even so, the Supreme Bhairava, being too subtle, never appears in the range of experience. ” So it will be said further th at what is posited as an answer is really no answer. Now we proceed further with the explanation o f anuttara.

17 Abhinavagupta (2) Mahdn sambandha: in which the questioner is Sadariva and the answerer is Siva. (3) Antardla sambandha: in which the questioner is Anantabhattaraka and the answerer is Sada&va. (4) Divya sambandha: in which the questioner is the sage, N andakum ara and the answerer is A nantabhattaraka. (5) Divyddivya sambandha: in which the questioner is the sage, Sanatkum ara and the answerer is Nandi. (6) Adioya sambandha: in which both the questioner and answerer are hum an beings. 2. Kfobha in this philosophy indicates the urge of manifes­ tation.

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