ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
YEAR : 2013, VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 1

 

CONTEMPLATING THE IMAGE OF BHAIRAVA1 : A STUDY OF
KSHEMARÂJA’S BHAIRAVÂNUKARANASTAVA

Sthaneshwar Timalsina

ABSTRACT

The cult of Bhairava appears around the 6th Century. Though, the genealogy can be traced to the earlier extant Kapalika tradition, the advent of Trika Saivism in Kashmir during the 9th-10th centuries, provided impetus to the spread of the cult of Bhairava. This paper examines one image of Bhairava, the Svacchandabhairava, as detailed in a text by the Kashmiri Tantric theologian and philosopher Kshemarâja (11th C.), disciple of the Abhinavagupta credited with synthesizing Indian culture. The text narrates the process of absorption (samâvesha) wherein the yogin experiences himself as Bhairava. The practice of visualization in the imagery of Bhairava induces experience of non-duality where the self is experienced as identical to the totality of manifestation and also with the Bhairava deity.

KEYWORD

Bhairava, tantra, Kâpâlika,Trika, dhyâna, pratyabhijñâ,consciousness, mandala, ritual

 

 

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