By John Nemec
John Nemec examines the beginnings of the non-dual tantric philosophy of the famed Pratyabhijña or ''Recognition [of God]'' college of tenth-century Kashmir, the culture such a lot heavily linked to Kashmiri Shaivism. In doing so it deals, for the first actual time, a serious version and annotated translation of a big section of the 1st Pratyabhijña textual content ever composed, the Sivadrsti of Somananda. In a longer creation, Nemec argues that the writer offers a different type of non-dualism, a strict pantheism that announces all beings and entities present in the universe to be totally exact with the energetic and willful god Siva. This view stands not like the philosophically extra versatile panentheism of either his disciple and commentator, Utpaladeva, and the only a few different Saiva tantric works that have been extant within the author's day. Nemec additionally argues that the textual content was once written for the author's fellow tantric initiates, no longer for a much broader viewers. this is often adduced from the constitution of the paintings, the rivals the writer addresses, and diverse different editorial thoughts. Even the author's well-known and vociferous arguments opposed to the non-tantric Hindu grammarians will be proven to were eventually directed at an opposing Hindu tantric college that subscribed to a number of the grammarians' philosophical perspectives. incorporated within the quantity is a serious variation and annotated translation of the 1st 3 (of seven) chapters of the textual content, besides the corresponding chapters of the statement. those are the chapters within which Somananda formulates his arguments opposed to opposing tantric authors and faculties of proposal. not one of the fabrics made to be had within the current quantity has ever been translated into English, except a short rendering of the 1st bankruptcy that was once released with no the statement in 1957. not one of the statement has formerly been translated into any language in any respect
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