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Samvidullasah: Manifestation of Divine Consciousness (PB)

Swami Lakshman Joo (Saint Scholar of Kashmir Saivism) A Centenary Tribute by: Bettina Sharada Bäumer , Sarla Kumar

This volume is a Birth Centenary tribute to Swami Lakshman Joo Raina (1907-1991), a great saint and scholar of Kashmir, who revived the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. The articles by scholars, disciples and devotees reflect on his life and work, and on his spiritual influence.



ISBN: 9788124605882
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 258
Bibliographic Details : 52 Coloured and b/w photographs; Appendix; Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29
Weight: 1100


Swami Lakshman Joo Raina, also called Lakshman Brahmacarin and Ishvara Svarupa (1907Ý1991) was one of the greatest saints of 20th century India, who was at the same time an extraordinary scholar who relived and revived the almost forgotten tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. His high spiritual state was matched by his profound knowledge of the Shaiva scriptures and of the great thinkers and commentators of the tradition Þ Abhinavagupta, Kshemaraja and others. Swami Lakshman Joo lived a secluded life in his ashram in Kashmir, but he taught the texts of Kashmir Shaivism to Pandits and scholars from different countries, besides giving spiritual guidance to a number of seekers and disciples. On the occasion of his Birth Centenary, a volume in his memory is being brought out containing articles by scholar-disciples, devotees and relatives which throw light on the extraordinary life of this saint and on his contribution to reviving and continuing the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. Articles on his life by his close disciple Prabha Devi and his scholar-disciples Jaideva Singh and Jankinath Kaul `Kamal’, an exhaustive article on his place in the Kashmirian Shaiva tradition by Professor Alexis Sanderson of Oxford, to mention only a few, provide an insight into his saintly personality and his great qualities as a teacher. Even scholars and seekers who have never met him and have been deeply influenced by his spiritual presence have contributed an account of their experience. The volume is richly illustrated by historical photographs which provide a visual testimony of the life of Swami Lakshman Joo. A list of his published works is an important complement.


— Prabha Devi
Key to Transliteration
List of Photographs
— Bettina Bäumer
1. Gurustuti — Verses in Praise of the Master
— Acarya Rameshvar Jha
I. Life
2. A Yogi of Kashmir
— Jaideva Singh
3. The Sage of Ishber
— Jankinath Kaul “Kamal”
4. Shri Guru Ishvara Svarupa — His Way of Life
— Prabha Devi
5. Guruparampara: Three Generations of Shaiva Saints
— R.C. Raina
II. The Acarya of Kashmir Shaivism
6. Lilian Silburn and Swami Lakshman Joo — A Fertile Relationship
— Jacqueline Chambron
7. Swami Lakshman Joo and His Place in the Kashmirian Shaiva Tradition
— Alexis Sanderson
8. Tribute to the Sage of Kashmir
— Kapila Vatsyayan
9. The Power of Pure Awareness
— Bettina Bäumer
III. The Enlightening Master
10. The Making of a Yogini
— Mohan Lal Sopory
11. The Ascent to the Lord
— Sarla Kumar
12. The Scientist and the Saint
— Sudhir K. Sopory
13. My Gurudeva
–Motilal Sopory
14. I saw Shiva in Him
— Arunditi Raina
15. In Search of Myself
— Rajan Khosa
IV. The Presence Continues
16. A Transforming Meeting
— Ernst Fürlinger
17. The “Icon” of the Divine
–Borghild Baldauf
18. Love-song to the Master
— Ariane Hentsch Cisneros
Published Works of Swami Lakshman Joo
The Contributors
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Meet the Author
Bettina Sharada Bäumer is a scholar of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism and a disciple of Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-91). She has been teaching texts of Kashmir Saivism in intensive seminars for the last 20 years. She was National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, from 2015-17. At present she is Director of ‘Samvidalaya, Abhinavagupta Research Library’ in Varanasi. Her recent publications include: Abhinavagupta’s Hermeneutics of the Absolute, Anuttaraprakriya, An Interpretation of His Paratriksika Vivarana (2011); Utpaladeva, Philosopher of Recognition, co-edited with Raffaele Torella (2016); Tantrapushpanjali: Tantric Traditions and Philosophy of Kashmir, Studies in Memory of Pandit H.N. Chakravarty, co-edited with Hamsa Stainton (2018). In 2015 she was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Dr Sarla Kumar was a Lecturer and Reader in English Literature in various colleges of Delhi University. She has been a disciple of Swami Lakshman Joo for about 40 years, and since her retirement she is devoting all her time to the study and practice of Kashmir Shaivism. She is also President of the Trika Interreligious Trust which engages in the teaching of Kashmir Shaivism.
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