The Yoga of Vibration and Divine Pulsation: A Translation of the Spanda Karika with Ksemaraja's Commentary, the Spanda Nirnaya

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 209 pages
Spanda is the vibratory dynamism of the absolute consciousness. In the first section of his commentary, Ksja presents spanda as identical with the essential self of each person. The second section presents a methodology that allows access to the world of spanda yoga. The third section describes the spiritual powers attained by the realization of spanda.

Through modern physics, we have grown accustomed to thinking of physical reality as waves of energy--as the matter-energy continuum. Tantric Shaivism presents the full matrix of energy pulsation of which physical reality is only a part. From the relatively superficial perceptions of the senses to the progressively subtle forms of inner awareness, a unified spectrum of spanda leads inward until the most delicate and powerful tendrils of individuality merge with the infinitely rapid vibration of the ultimate consciousness.

The text prescribes a continuous refinement of perception in order for that aspect of spanda which continuously subsides into infinity to be discovered in the awareness of the practitioner. Through prescribed use of mantra, the yogi develops a continuous attentiveness to the presence of the spanda--the spanda that reveals itself to her as an ecstatic flashing forth within her own awareness.

The Guru enlivened mantra leads the yogi through the vibratory spectrum of awareness to the ever subtler domains within. As this occurs, the surface word-form of the mantra falls away and only the original lively pulsation of enlightenment is left. At a certain definite point, the individual awareness is permanently caught up in this subtle pulsation of the ultimate. It then transcends all of the relative spatial distinctions of inner and outer, higher and lower, above and below. The nondimensional, global encompassing of the individuality by the absolute consciousness is the state of jivanmukti, the goal of the tantric practice prescribed by the Spanda Karikas.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xxv
Svarūpaspanda
5
Verse 2
24
Verse 3
34
Verse 4
40
Verse 5
45
Verse 6 and 7
51
Verse 8
57
Verse 3 and 4
115
Verse 5
119
Verse 6 and 7
121
Vibhūti Spanda
127
Verse 1 and 2
129
Verse 3
133
Verse 4 and 5
135
Verse 6
137

Verse 9
60
Verse 10
64
Verse 11
66
Verses 12 and 13
70
Verses 14 15 and 16
79
Verse 17
85
Verse 18
90
Verse 19
92
Verse 20
95
Verse 21
99
Verse 22
101
Verses 23 24 and 25
105
Sahaja Vidyodaya
108
Verse 1 and 2
110
Verse 7
139
Verse 8
140
Verse 9
142
Verse 10
146
Verse 11
148
Verse 12
150
Verse 13
152
Verse 14
160
Verse 15
162
Verse 16
164
Verse 19
170
Conclusion
172
Verse 2
174
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Page xi - Be-ness " is symbolized in the Secret Doctrine under two aspects. On the one hand, absolute abstract Space, representing bare subjectivity, the one thing which no human mind can either exclude from any conception, or conceive of by itself. On the other, absolute Abstract Motion representing Unconditioned Consciousness.

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