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The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight (English and Sanskrit Edition) 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.
Milton, then The Radiance Sutras is a must acquire and use daily.
Lorin Roche, PhD. has achieved a playful and enlightening balance true to Sanskrit with multiple layers of meanings,
mischievous double entendres, and inspiring if not ecstatic imagery. The fact that this Master Meditation Teacher turns the translation of the Vedic source material into a daily practice that anyone can follow, if a true gift of Love. The Sutras are richly beautiful and Lorin is simply
Read them out loud. Dance them. Meditate on them. Chant them.
Pick a phrase and make it your own song.
Imitate them and write your own Sutras.
This book is a treasure chest of ecstatic joy
and awe inspiring moments.
Open it and enter the vastness
of infinite Love.
The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight (English and Sanskrit Edition)
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.