Award Adult Education 1996, Country Government Salzburg.
Received Bruno Kreisky Award for Human Rights 1997 in the name of Austrian Network against Poverty.
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
M.A. in Catholic Theology
Professorship in Religious Studies
University of Vienna
Director of Studies, Bildungshaus Salzburg
Member, Executive Committee Abhishiktananda Society
Member of Academic Staff Danube University Krems
Lecturer, University of Vienna Religious Studies
Membership(s) of Societies/Association:
Austrian Society for Religious Studies
About the Author
Dr Ernst Fürlinger has studied Nondualistic Kashmir Shaivism from 2001 till 2006 in North India, mainly with Pandit Hemendra Nath Chakravarty and Prof. Bettina Bäumer (both from Varanasi).
He is presently Head of Center for Religion and Globalization, Danube University Krems, Austria; and Post-doctoral Lecturer at the Institute for Religious Studies, University of Vienna and member of the Scientific staff at Center for Migration and Integration, Danube University, Krems (near Vienna). Austria.
Details of Books/Monographs
Verstehen Durch Berühren
The Touch of Sakti
Der Dialog Muss Weitergehen
Bettina Baumer, Trika
Details of Articles
1. Is Cit Consciousness? Hermenentical Reflections on Translating Abhinavagupta in: M. Paranjape/S. Vijuvalingam (eds.) Abhinavagupta Reconsiderations (EVAM no. 4) New Delhi 2006, 204-210.
2. A Theology of the Senses in Nondualistic Kashmir Shaivism, in: Sahridaya. Studies in Indian and South East Asian Art. Felicitation volume R. Nagaswamy Chennai 2006, 29-44.
The Kashmirian Shaiva tradition in its non-dualistic form in particular is one of the richest philosophical traditions of India that have survived to the present day. This book by the noted scholar, Dr Furlinger, deals with the bodily experience of the transcendent power, the Shakti, in the context of the Shaiva Kundalini-Yoga. In an insightful introduction, the scholar presents an overview of the historical development of the Kashmirian Shaiva traditions, especially of the non-dualistic system, Trika, made famous by the work of its famous proponent, Abhinavagupta. He studies the theme of shaktisparsha in selected texts of non-dualistic Trika Shaivism of Kashmir, focusing on Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali of the tenth century and Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka of the eleventh century. The texts are analysed along with a noted commentary associated with each to shed light on the different contexts and meanings in which the word sparsha occurs in connection with Shakti, the divine power, revered as the Goddess. The study examines sparsa as one of the highest stages in the spiritual ascent in the Tantraloka and its corresponding description in the Shivastotravali. The difference in the notion of sparsa in the two texts is also brought out. It thus reveals the liberating and critical potential of the non-dualistic Shaiva tradition of Kashmir.
The book will interest scholars and students of Indology associated with Indian religious-philosophical traditions.