- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True; 1st edition (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English, Sanskrit
- ISBN-10: 9781604076592
- ISBN-13: 978-1604076592
- ASIN: 1604076593
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The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight (English and Sanskrit Edition) (Sanskrit) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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These Sutras, however, are not a literal translation of the original Vijñanabhairava. They are an interpretation - an inspired and helpful interpretation, but not exactly what the old text says. The author admits that, and explains why he has done it. He has also given a well-commented bibliography that will direct the reader to more exact versions.
If you are charmed by this collection, you can expect to be buy another version the offers the original meanings.
Knowing of my interest in nondual philosophies, a friend of mine introduced me to Kashmir Shaivism and first recommended the Vijnanabhairava to me several years ago. I first bought the Jaideva Singh translation and found that on the flyleaf the reader is advised to first get a philosophical grounding by reading the Siva Sutras (translation also available by Jaideva Singh). I took that advice and am glad I did. I would say that understanding the basics of the Siva Sutras should be considered prerequisite to tackling this practice. I was, frankly, stuck in getting an ever deeper understanding of the Siva Sutras - a book I could seriously spend the rest of my life studying all on its own...yes, it's that deep - when I discovered the Radiance Sutras. Its discovery prompted me to break out of my study of the Siva Sutras to attempt the practices of the Vijnanabhairava. The experience - and the Radiance Sutras' contribution to that experience - has been very enriching.
So my advice - echoing the flyleaf of the Jaideva Singh's translation of the Vijnanabhairava - is to read the Siva Sutras first, then do the practices here next.
I am very aware that these sutras include the lynchpin kriyas hundreds of years before Babaji introduced them to Sri Shyama Charan Lahiri. Sutra 7 gives the equivalent of first kriya, and sutra 155b gives the equivalent of the foundational kriya mantra 'hong sau.'
Until I read these I had been 'accusing' my guru P. Yogananda of giving out kriya indiscriminantly in his 1925 Yogoda or Tissue-Will System of Physical Perfection. YOGODA or Tissue-Will System of Physical Perfection: Including 3 Chapters on Concentration and Meditation Techniques by Swami Yogananda (2016-04-19) Perhaps instead he was giving Sutra 7 as a breathing mantra but without attributing it to its source.
Phil Goldberg The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru speaks of Yogananda as "democratizing kriya" and I will leave him to defend that assertion, but perhaps we may now see Yogananda as attempting to bring India's entire spiritual legacy to the West (and not just that of Babaji's kriya).
Never-the-less let me emphasize that in finding these sutras to be brilliantly refreshing I also find them soulfully solacing and curative.
I also see that in your earlier graduate work you research the issue of the dangers of meditation. Thank you for that. Sri M of Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography and Journey Continues: A Sequel To Apprenticed To A Himalayan Master fame is about the only other Master I know that gives examples of the psychosis that can and fairly predictably will ensue at the highest reaches of meditation prior to nirvikalpa samadhi.
In any case I thank you for your excellent work!