- Series: Suny Series, Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: State University of New York Press (November 23, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887067875
- ISBN-13: 978-0887067877
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir (Suny Series, Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir) Paperback – November 23, 1988
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Paul Eduardo Muller-Ortega is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University.
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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.
In the conclusion of Ksemaraja's commentaries on the Shiva Sutras, he says, "The glory of this Shiva Sutras commentary of mine is that it has the power to generate curiosity to realize Shaivism in the minds of those who have no curiosity." That doesn't sound much like a scholar to me. "It expands and generates a great change in their intellects." And this is exactly what Paul Muller-Ortega achieved with his inspiring intellect-changing Triadic Heart of Shiva.
As for the 'real' translation, we will have to wait for Swami Lakshmanjoo's teachings on the Tantraloka to be published - because it seems that this enlightened Kashmiri Saint was in fact the only one left who was actually still able to know what Abhinavagupta's Sanskrit meant and could put into English not only the meaning, but the soul.
Kashmir Shaivism is a rich and intricate spiritual tradition, and Muller-Ortega's in-depth study of the Heart is a unique and wonderful consideration of this tradition.