Vijnanabhairava or Divine Consciousness: A Treasury of 112 Types of Yoga
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2002 - Tantras. Rudrayamalatantra. Vijnanabhairava - 173 pages
Vijnanabhairava is a very ancient book on Yoga. It studiously eschews mechanical worship, external rites and ceremonies and goes directly to the heart of the problem of the union of human consciousness with the Divine. There is no theoretical discussion in the book. It describes 112 types of yoga each of which is a precious gem delineating the mystic approach to the Divine. for this purpose, it makes full use of all the aspects of human life--prana, manas, imagination and intuition. The book has for the first time been translated into English. The translation of each verse is followed by copious expository notes which contain not only all that is of any value in the Sanskrit commentaries but also many practical suggestions made by Svami Laksmana Joo on the basis of his personal experience of these Yogas. In order to understand the philosophical background of these Yogas, the reader is advised to go through the introductory portion of the author`s Pratyabhijnahrdayam or the Siva-sutras. Dr. Jaideva singh has an admirable command over both Sanskrit and English and has presented an exposition of this book with remarkable success.
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12 fingers Abhinavagupta absolute absorbed activity Anava upaya apana apara ardhacandra aspirant attains becomes bhavana bhavet bindu bliss body Brahman Brahmarandhra breath buddhi cakra centre cetana citta commentary concentrate consists contemplation creative devi Dharana dissolved divine consciousness dvadasanta empirical individual energy essential nature exhalation experience external eye-brows goddess gross hamsah Highest Reality I-consciousness inhalation iunya japa Jayaratha jnana kala knowledge known kriya Ksemaraja kundalinl letter madhya manas manifestation mantra Maya means meditation mental mind mudra muladhara nature of Bhairava nirvikalpa NOTES object one's Parama Siva parapara paravak prakasa Prakrti prana prana and apana pranasakti pranava prdna present verse realization recitation Sadasiva Saiva sakala Sakta Sakti Saktopaya samand Sambhava sense Siva Sivopadhyaya sound space spiritual subtle Suddha sufumnd sunya supreme sutra Svami Laksmana Joo svatantrya Tantraloka tattva thought-constructs transcendent TRANSLATION Trika Universal Consciousness unmana updya upto varna vibration vijnana Vijnanabhairava vikalpas vimarsa visarga void word yoga yogi
Page xvi - There is one varna in the form of nada (sound vibration) in which lie all the varnas (letters) latently in an undivided form. As it is ceaseless, it is called anahata ie unstruck, natural, spontaneous, uncaused. As all the varnas (letters) originate from this nada, therefore, is it called varna proleptically. Vide verse 38 of the text. (Tantraloka V. 132) "The srffi blja and samhara blja are its main forms".