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By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes a few of the tantras and areas in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally offers a translation of Jayaratha's statement. the Kula ritual leads the practitioner to extra exalted phases of mantras to arrive the top point of recognition, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the person that is familiar with this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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The first stage or particularisation of tlie supreme word is pasyanti, liter­ ally 'the [word] which sees [something limited]', in other words 'insight'. Here subjectivity predominates but objectivity has begun to appear. e. the word in its stage between subjectivity and total objectivity, where subjectivity still lingers but objectivity predominates, as when a person is about to say something. The final stage is the 'gross word' (vaikhar"i) where objectivity alone is found, as for ex­ ample in the spoken or written word.

P. l 44. Abhinava superimposes the non-dualism of his school also on the Miilinivijayottara tantra. 306. 60. The history of modem research on the non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir has been described in Muller-Ortega, The Triadic Hean, pp. I S-24. CHAPTER 3 THE TANTRALOKA (a) The Purpose of the Tantrtiloka In the context of the long tantric tradition and its many competing schools, Abhinavagupta composes the 'Light on the Tantras', the Tantriiloka. He does so at the request of his disciples and, accord­ ing to TA 1 .

Other terms which come now for consideration bring our attention back to the essential unity of con­ sciousness. The first such term is kaula. In ordinary usage it is interchange­ able with kula but since the term kaula can also mean 'combina­ tion', it can refer to the union of Kula and Akul�. In TA 29. 1 1 7b, kaula refers to Kula and Akula, to sakti and the one who possesses sakti, to S iva and sakti in their union. All emanates from them in such a way that the emanation is not divided from them.

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