Abhasa Theory

Abhasa Theory: The State of “External” Objects Investigating how the Act of Creation unfolds within us will take us on a little journey. In order to understand how an object of awareness manifests, we must understand the relation between the […]

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Sexuality in the Tantric Sources

Around the 10th century, there was a reformation involving a shift away from earlier forms of practice which had involved cremation ground-based asceticism featuring the use of blood sacrifice and alcohol a means to feeding and satisfying a host of […]

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The Trika-Krama Synthesis of Abhinavagupta

AbhinavaGupta is the seminal figure in the story of Kashmir Saiva Tantrism. His genius was to synthesize hundreds of seemingly disparate Tantras (scriptures). By the year 950, the many Tantras had shared themes, practices, and vocabulary, but not much doctrinal […]

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The Kulamarga

An Overview of the Kulamarga The Kulamarga departs markedly from the Mantramarga. We are offered two distinct cults of their deities, one following the Mantramarga (tantra-prakriya) and the other, seen as more elevated, following the Kulamarga (kula-prakriya). In the latter, […]

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