- Series: Suny Series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir
- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887064329
- ISBN-13: 978-0887064326
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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The Doctrine of Vibration: An Analysis of the Doctrines and Practices of Kashmir Shaivism (The Suny Series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir) Paperback – July 1, 1987
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"This is a serious, scholarly and personally committed approach to a highly significant topic. It makes accessible materials which are not widely known and not readily available." -- Wilhelm Halbfass, University of Pennsylvania"There is no other complete study of the Spanda, which is central to the SAaiva thought as it was developed in Kashmir. The treatment of the subject is sound, scholarly, exhaustive and penetrating." -- Andre Padoux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris "This delves into a relatively unexplored area of Kashmir Shaivism, i.e., Spanda, and offers a comprehensive first-hand treatment. The author brings forth new information and fresh insights." -- Navjivan Rastogi Abhinavagupta Institute of Aesthetics and SAaiva Philosophy University of Lucknow, India
About the Author
Mark S. G. Dyczkowski took his first degree at Banaras Hindu University and then took his doctorate at Oxford University. He is presently associated with Sampurnananda Sanskrit University in Varanasi.
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Before you start reading this book I recommend goggling 'spanda' on the Internet for easy to understand basics. Also what helped me is reading Kàshmiri Shaivism in Wikipedia which goes into spanda.
The most interesting aspect of Hinduism to me is its view of ultimate Reality (what we call God in the West) as universal consciousness. You can approach this view in Hinduism from different angles: Vedanta, Yoga (Patanjali), or Shaivism. I mostly have studied Vedanta and Yoga (Patanjali). So I thought I would study it from the Shaivism approach. As the author uses very complicated language I realized I should first google 'spanda' on the Internet to get an easy to understand introduction into it which made reading this book easier. Read those sources before reading this book. Other good sources on Shiva and Hinduism are 1) R.C. Zaener's 'Hinduism,' 2) 'Insights into Vedanta' the Tattvabodhi by Sri Ramakrishna Math, and 3) 'Yoga & The Hindu Tradition' by Jean Varenne which goes into every part of Hindu/Yoga Philosophy including Shiva/Shakti, Patanjali's Yoga, and the Bhagavad Gita.
Another key word to google to understand Hinduism and Yoga Philosophy before reading this book is 'sakshi (witness)' at Wikipedia, this is one of the most important words in Hinduism. In Hinduism they teach we have a physical self, a mental self, and about observing or Witness Self which is our true self and beyond human suffering. This observing self of ours is a reflection of the universal consciousness or Shiva. To realize this observing self or pure awareness within us is the goal in Hinduism and Yoga, including Kashmir Shaivism, which this book is on. The easiest way to realize our observing or Witness Self is thru doing meditation to make the mind silent. Any type of one-pointed concentration such as concentrating on breathing (Buddhism) or concentrating on saying the word OM, or concentrating on the point between your eyes will make the mind silent so you can experience pure awareness/consciousness. Another method is just observing your thoughts without thinking about them. You can find a lot about our Witness Consciousness and meditation in the Internet and this book goes into it also especially in Part 2. But don't just read about the doctrine on universal consciousness and our Observing Self or pure awareness, do meditation to experience it yourself. Then books like this come alive within you.