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

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH (ISSN No. : 2320 -7000)
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 4,October-December, 2013
 
QUINTESSENCE OF THE HIGHEST PURPOSE: A TRANSLATION, INTRODUCTION AND ANALYSIS OF SRI ABHINAVAGUPTA’S PARAMARTHASARA
Dr. Jeffrey S. Lidke
 
ABSTRACT
Abhinavagupta (ca. 975-1025 C.E.) is the greatest synthesizer of Indian Tantric thought and practice. His works influenced and shaped theoretical paradigms in the field of Indian aesthetics, Tantra, literature, and philosophy. In this paper, the author examines the 105 verses of Abhinavagupta’s Paramarthasara (Quintessence of the Highest Purpose) in which Abhinavagupta articulates his philosophy of absolute monism, known popularly as Kashmir Saivism. An earlier Paramarthasara was composed by the South Indian legendary saint, Adise?a during the sixth century, some four hundred years before Abhinavagupta. Abhinavagupta’s reinvention of this older text indicates the constant transaction of ideas between Kashmir and South India, Vai??avite and Saivite sects. The present shape of Indian thought emerged only as a result of the fusion and appropriation of different thought-streams. A translation of the Paramarthasara along with an introduction into Abhinavagupta’s Monistic Saivism has been herewith attempted.
 
KEYWORD
abhasa, Anuttara, ku??alini-sakti, Paramasiva, Para Samvit, sahasrara, satguru, tattva, Trika, twilight language.
 
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