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The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir (S U N Y Series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir) Hardcover


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  • Series: S U N Y Series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir
  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (January 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887067867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887067860
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,308,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Hemingway on May 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Not only a rare and brilliant sanskritist, Paul Muller illuminates a once obscure mystical-religious tradition with the erudition of the most accomplished scholar. His rich background in the history of religion and familiarity with a seemingless endless variety of sanskrit texts show throughout his writing. He explains intricate spiritual concepts in straightforward terms and unearths the complexities of deceptively simple images, whose meanings might go otherwise unappreciated without his detailed explanations. Rock-steady in his approach, he somehow balances painstaking technical analysis with broad conceptual understanding. He traces around sanskrit words close to their sources, never straying far from the original texts. Moving beyond the literal, he also treats symbols as multilayered representations of human experience. His work exemplifies intellectual exploration and impeccable scholarship, but also packs rich insight and meaning. After reading more basic works, this is the one that will provoke new thoughts and a thirst for more knowledge about the complexities of indian religious and spiritual systems.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Telema Graham on April 3, 2000
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This magnificent piece of literature contains wisdom so deep, so clear and so intellectually developed I am sometimes unable to read more than a sentence or two before I am plunged into a space of unrelenting power. Each sentence has been carefully worded as to not waste even one second of the student's time in speculation or controversy. It's as if Abhinavagupta, with his expert hands, surgically removes our ingorance of Shiva, in so doing, he leaves us unable to experience anything else! "The heart of Siva is not a static or inert absolute, however. In fact, the non-dual Kashmir Shaiva tradition considers it to be in a state of perpetual movement, a state of vibration in which it is continuously contacting and expanding..." The Triadic Heart pg. 82
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Eade on April 11, 2006
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This book contains priceless wisdom from a first-rate scholar, who, surely, must be an experienced tantric yogin! You could sincerely say that he has discovered & revealed the secret of the real holy Graal in these pages. It's very much a practical handbook on how to become immortal - like a lamp that lights the way to the god within.

I hope Mr Ortega publishes more material like this. Better still, I wish he were my Guru to learn from first hand....
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward Plotkin on December 27, 2005
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The Heart as a metaphor for the enlightened experience of consciousness was masterfully revealed by the great Shaivist sage, mystic and scholar Abhinavagupta. Abhinavagupta "taught from a level of complete spiritual awakening with the authority of one who was considered a Siva incarnate." The study of these teachings, for the student able to attain and maintain meditative absorption, may be the basis for a radical transformation in consciousness to spiritually awakened Being in nondual freedom of awareness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Ferguson on August 29, 2011
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If you have ever read some of the other scholarly 'uhh...whaaat???' translations of Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka and other texts, you may appreciate Muller-Ortega's heartfelt efforts to make actual and accessible sense out of what may the most perfect and superbly beautiful thoughts on understanding the journey into higher consciousness ever written. I have never met Muller-Ortega, but when I read this I felt it must come out of his own spiritual experiences - meaning I believe he understood Abhinavagupta, as in grok, and that immersing his consciousness into Abhinavagupta elevated Muller-Ortega into God consciousness.

Many academics go to such tedious lengths to translate the Sanskrit so perfectly, resorting to every possible definition, root word, and textual reference - that by the time you wade through one verse, you no longer care! I for one am grateful to Muller-Ortega, and I believe that what he may have missed in terms of high-tech Sanskrit perfection, he more than made up for with his ability to transmit his passion for Abhinavagupta - probably the most brilliant mind India ever produced - and make the reader want more. Thank you!

Please don't misunderstand me - I unreservedly appreciate every translation of the Sanskrit texts and those who have labored to bring them to the English speaking seekers of Truth. However, these great Kashmir sages like Abhinavagupta, Vasugupta, Utpaladeva, and Ksemaraja did not write for the scholars in academia. They wrote for the seekers of enlightenment, the men and women who were weary of Samsara; and more than anything else longed to be re-united in their Source, God consciousness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben on May 27, 2013
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this is not a beginners book on the subject in any way. The beginning background information is highly technical and can seem a bit daunting at first. it has to be taken slowly even for someone with knowledge in this area. after that the rest of the text is simply mind blowing. Abhinavagupta is a pure genius and this book brings his genius to light very well.
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