Śaiva Siddhānta: An Indian School of Mystical Thought : Presented as a System and Documented from the Original Tamil Sources

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2000 - Śaiva Siddhānta - 410 pages
The present book being an English translation of a German book entitled Der Saiva Siddhanta by H.W. Schomerus gives a full and documented account of this theistic movement then as now little known in the West. The book quickly became and still is the major reference work in this field in any European language.

Schomerus cites siddhanta scriptures on each point. His book thus offers a systematic theology of the movement from its own basic texts many of which are not otherwise available in English.
 

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Contents

Crossreferences within this book are by chapter and section
1
Sivajnanabodha by Meykandadeva Bodha
20
There are Several Substances
29
The First Substance
39
Is God a Person?
56
The Form of Siva
62
II
63
God is Advaitarelated to the World
70
Basic Nature of the Soul
174
How the Soul relates to the other Substances?
180
Matter in Charge
191
Features of Sakala Avastha
194
The Course of Transmigration
203
How the Soul exists during Sakala Avastha?
212
How the Soul can act?
221
What the Soul does in Sakala Avastha?
232

Siva as Knower and Known
77
III
87
The Third Substance Matter
93
Anavamala
95
Karmamala
104
Mayamala
117
a Maya the Worlds Material Cause
118
b The Products of Maya
121
c Bodies composed from the Tattvas
126
d How the World arises from Maya?
128
e Maya fetters Souls
139
f How Maya and its Products exist?
140
g An Assessment of Maya Theory
148
The Nature of the Soul
163
How many Souls there are and what sorts?
173
Stages on the Way to Salvation
240
Saving the Soul from Matter
247
What Suddha Avastha is like?
257
Release made Complete by the Sadguru
262
b Why Siva has to appear as Sadguru?
269
c Instruction by the Guru
275
d The Gurus Way of Teaching
283
Perfection
341
Conclusion
381
Tables
389
Glossaiy
397
VII
400
Index
407
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