Author: Jaideva Singh
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120808215
The Spandakarikas are a number of verses that serve as a sort of commentary on the Siva-Sutras. According to Saivagama, the Divine Consciousness is not simply cold, inert intellection. It is rather spanda, active, dynamic, throbbing with life, creative pulsation.
In Siva-Sutras, it is the prakasa aspect of the Divine that is emphasized; in Spandakarikas, it is the vimarsa aspect that is emphasized. Together, these two books give an integral view of Saiva philosophy.
Spanda Karikas is one of the important works of Kashmir Saivism. The doctrine of Spanda is scientific. Modern scientists have discovered that the world was created from the vibration of the first explosion and that the universe is still expanding. Yet so far they have not been able to find out how the first explosion occurred. However, the ancient scriptures of the Spanda doctrine have always contained the knowledge that this vibration is the Spanda or throb of the Absolute Reality, the Universal Consciousness which is also called Siva. The world came into existence with the throb of His opening eyes. Jnanesvara Maharaja has described Lord Siva as having the mudra of expanding universe.
The Importance of the book
The author of the Spandakarikas
What is Spanda?
Summary of the Sections
Text and commentaries
Ksemaraja’s Propitiatory Verses and the General Purpose of his Commentary together with Translation
Ksemaraja’s Introductory Portion of the commentary with Translation
SECTION I- Svarupaspanda
SECTION II-Sahaja Vidyodaya
SECTION III-Vibhuti Spanda
Glossary of Technical Terms
Index to important Sanskrit Words
An Alphabetical Index to the first pada of each verse