Kashmir Saivaism

Kashmir Saivaism

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Author: J C Chatterji
Publisher: Parimal Publications
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 170
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171100171

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J C Chatterji’s Kashmir Saivaism is an important and unique treatise on Saiva Philosophy that prevailed in Kashmir and still practised in different parts of India. The beginnings of Kashmir Saivaism could be traced from Siva Sutras and its commentary by Ksemaraja. Its teachings and practices are given, in the literature of the system, the distinctive name of Trika-sasana, Trika-Sastra or simply Trika, and are often referred to as the Rahasya-Sampradaya, while Saivaism in general is spoken of as Siva-Sasana or Sivagama.

The peculiarity of the Trika consists in the fact that, as a system of philosophy, it is a type of idealistic monism (advaita), and as such differs in fundamental principles from other forms of Saiva Philosophy, for instance, from what is described under the name of the Saiva Darsana in the Sarva-Darsana-Sangraha of Madhavacarya.

This book provides an insight of the form of Saivaism developed in Kashmir starting from its History. The entire book is divided into two parts-1) Kashmir Saivaism’s History and Literature, 2) The Main Doctrines of the System. The book also works as a basis for comparative study of various forms of Saivaism.

Contents

PART I
HISTORY AND LITERATURE

PART II
THE MAIN DOCTRINES OF THE SYSTEM

The Atman

The Process of Manifestation

The Transcendent Parama Siva

A: THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE

Five Principles of the Universal Subject-Object

The Siva Tattva

The Sakti Tattva

The Sadakhya Tattva

The Aisvara Tattva

The Sad-Vidya

B: THE LIMITED INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE

Maya and her progeny

The Six Kancukas
Two Principles of the limited individual subject-object

The Purusa
The Prakrti and the Gunas

Principles of mental Operation
Buddhi, Ahankara and Manas

The Means and General Principles of Sensible Experience
The five senses, five powers of action and five general objects of sense perception.

The Principles of Materiality.
The Five Bhutas