The Yoga of Vibration and Divine Pulsation: A Translation of the Spanda Karika with Ksemaraja's Commentary, the Spanda Nirnaya
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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Abhinavagupta abides absolute Freedom absorption activity Aghora ahamkara anava apana appears arise aspect awakened awareness becomes Bhairava Bhatta bliss body bound soul Brahmarandhra buddhi Carvakas cessation COMMENTARY TEXT creative pulsation deep sleep described desire disappearance dissolved Divine empirical individual essential nature existence experience EXPOSITION external fully enlightened goddess group of saktis group of senses I-consciousness ideas identical with Siva inner insentient Introduction Jaideva Singh jiva jnana Kala Kallata karikas Kashmir Khecari knower knowledge known kriya Ksemaraja limited Lord Madhyamika mala manifestation mantra Maya means meditation mudra nature of Siva nimefa object omniscience pleasure pramata prameya prana puryaftaka Ramakantha real nature realization refers sadhaka Sakti samadhi Sankara says sciousness Shaivism Siva Spanda principle Spandakarikas spiritual subtle body Suddha supreme svatantrya tattva thought-constructs tion transmigratory Trika universe unmefa upaya Utpala Utpaladeva Vamesvari Vasugupta verse TEXT TRANSLATION vidya vimarsa void waking and dream word yoga yogi
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.