Spanda-Karikas - The Divine Creative Pulsation

Spanda-Karikas - The Divine Creative Pulsation

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Author: Jaideva Singh
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2009
Language: multilingual
Pages: 210
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
I Section
II Section
III Section
IV Section

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

SECTION IV-conclusion

Glossary of Technical Terms

Subject Index

Index to important Sanskrit Words

An Alphabetical Index to the first pada of each verse