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Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika of Utpaladeva by Bansi Pandit

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. All types of mundane self-awareness lie in this plane of manifest ideas, including human self-consciousness with respect to unconscious entities such as the physical form, the sense of understanding, pratywbhijna of being alive, breathing, and awareness ot the void.

The Vijnanavadin objects to such ,arika theory in this way: The essential character of an object is ordained by the will of the Lord under the laws of destiny created by Him. It thus cannot prove that the phenomena isvaea knowing prqtyabhijna doing are related to something else and cannot at all help in establishing the existence of that something as Atman, the doer and knower.

Saivism puts forth further objections to these arguments of Vijnanavada Buddhism in the next couplet. Impression alone can cause recollection and can supply it with all the data to be recollected, without the help of the so-called Atman. This person’s mutually unrelated flickers of momentary mental consciousness must have a common and a permanent base, without which all activities based on their supposed mutual relationships cannot become possible, since all objects are self-centred and separate from one another.

The fifth chapter of Book I aims to establish that jnclna-fakti, the power of gnosis, belongs to Atman ; it throws light on the character of the special type of spiritual realism maintained in Kashmir Saivism.

Examining briefly some central points of the theories of some pratyabjijna schools, it proceeds to present extensively the basic principles of Kashmir Saivism.

Information about such topics of pure philosophy can be minutely searched out in it, as can also karik done in the proper Agamas, and then arranged in a philosophical format and order and expressed through logical method and style.


As this practice advances, a feeling of spontaneous delight camatkaranot unlike an artistic experience, consumes the object of the experience spontaneously, as it appears. The grace and wrath of the Lord arc just two stages of His divine sport being played out with none other than His own Self, who appears in the form of all kinds of living beings.

Such experiences are reduced to a “seed form”, to spring forth again into existence, becoming memories or patterns of kraika.

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There are three principal manifestations of the void in the body: A lew points discussed in Vijfianavada may, no doubt, be accepted. This reminds the reader of the last verses of the fifth canto of the Introduction Ixi Kumara-sambham, in which Parvati is described as not recognising Siva, even in His presence, because He has come to her in the guise of a youthful and beautiful ascetic prqtyabhijna.

Commentary Experience is a momentary phenomenon. He notes that the enlightening of an object by means of a pramana differs considerably in accordance with a person’s liking and aims, as well as according to the usual denotations of speech and thought utilised by the knowing subject. The exterior phenomenon of a person is, in the view of Vijnanavada, nothing but an outward manifestation of mind, brought about on the basis of its past impressions.

Therefore it is mistaken knowledge and so is incorrect. A third type of pure, yet partially bound, being is called the vidyesvara. Its logical discussions, too, are brief. A false conception can arise without the help of such impressions. Their verbal expression, although outwardly very simplistic, suggests some of the highly esoteric principles and mysterious doctrines of Saiva monism; they employ such a mystical method that their essence cannot be grasped easily through academic study unaided by the practice of yoga.

The following table lists the verses for which Dr.

Relation is thus pratyabbijna mere concept, a false and imaginary phenomenon. Kashmir Saivism, however, sees the source of the universe as lying within the divine creative will power iccha-Sakti of the Absolute and takes it to be phenomenally real, not totally unreal as a dream world or the son of a barren woman. Recollection of something resembles, karima doubt, the concerned previous experience, but that happens just because the past impression is based on the latter.

Besides, how can memory judge anything at all about past experience and the objects experienced through it, if it does not take them into consideration? Outward manifestation in the form of the universe occurs out of the inwardly existent phenomenon the universal T or supreme Subject, God.


The eternal Atman alone is the ultimate pratyabhijnaa and Master of all such acuities.

Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika Of Utpaladeva Verses Of Recognition Of Lord Pandit B. N. MLBD

Not only does this school try to refute the existence of the individual spirit of living beings, but it also does not accept the existence of God, rpatyabhijna universal spirit and the authority ruling over and operating the whole universe. It is He who is competent to manifest different experiential and recollective thoughts in so great a variety.

Retrieved from ” https: To prove this doctrine of the sole existence of the active power of the Absolute Lord is the main aim of Book II of the iivara-pratyabhijna-karika.

It is [therefore] not the isvsra of that previous experience.

It may be argued that each experience creates its impression, and such an impression pratyabhijja the Atman to recollect its previously experienced object. It shines itself and illuminates the objects and thoughts reflected in it in accordance with its own past impressions.

Also included are any concepts of unity or relation between some present and past remembered objects.

Isvars is the principle of cosmogony as constructed and maintained in Kashmir Suivism. Pandit holds many texts in memory and offers his knowledge to individual students by means of conversation. At the third stage, 3 the painter sees both himself and the painting, but knows that the two are one.

Chapter 4 of Book II deals with the main principle of world causation as discovered by the Saiva philosophers of Kashmir Introduction through their intuitional revelation. The question being asked is: He explained and commented upon the philosophical works composed by Somananda and Utpaladeva. No activity in the world, be it vocal or mental or actual, can stand by itself without having Atmanthe all-knowing Subject, as its support.

This principle has been designated Isvada divine power of action, kriya-sakti.