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Sivastotravali of Utpaladeva

A Mystical Hymn of Kashmir by: Swami Lakshman Joo

The Sivastotravali is a collection of hymns composed by Utpaladeva, the great mystic and philosopher of non-dualistic Kashmir Saivism, and the Paramaguru of the illustrious Abhinavagupta. This book brings out the English exposition, for the first time, of the hymns by Swami Lakshman Joo, the renowned scholar of Kashmir Saivism.

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Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiii, 287
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 600

Overview

Utpaladeva (late 9th–early 10th century) was a great philosopher of the School of Recognition of non-dualist Kashmir Shaivism, who established its philosophy on a solid basis with his Ishvarapratyabhijna Karikas (Verses on the Recognition of the Lord), and with three philosophical works, the Siddhitrayi. He was the predecessor (Paramaguru) of the great Abhinavagupta. But at the same time he was a mystic of bhakti as we find it here expressed in his Hymns Shivastotravali. For him, bhakti and advaita were not opposed to each other but complementary.The Shivastotravali is a collection of verses and hymns which are an expression of intense bhakti, longing for the Lord, and the mystical experience of the author and his non-dual union with Shiva. They were arranged in 20 chapters or Stotras by his disciples. Of highly poetic quality, these verses belong to the greatest mystical literatures of the world. Swami Lakshman Joo, the last Shaivacarya of Kashmir (1907–1991), combined in himself the great scholar of the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, who taught and expounded its texts time and again to his disciples and to scholars from all parts of the world, and the perfect yogi who had an intimate experience of the spirituality contained therein. He had a special love for the Shivastotravali and expounded it many times in different languages (Kashmiri, Hindi and English). His edition of the Shivastotravali with Kshemaraja’s commentary and his Hindi translation remains the standard text. In the present volume his exposition in English is brought out for the first time.

Contents

Prakkthan
— Prabha Devi
Foreword
— Prabha Devi
Preface
— Ashok Kaul
Acknowledgements
— Editor
Introduction
— Bettina Baumer
1. Bhaktivilasa Stotra : The Joy of Devotion
2. Sarvatmaparibhavana Stotra : Contemplation of the All-in-All
3. Pranayaprasada Stotra : Supplication with Reverence
4. Surasodbala Stotra : The Strength of Divine Nector
5. Svabalanideshana Stotra : Longing for One’s Own Strength
6. Adhvavisphurana Stotra : Clearing of the Path
7. Vidhuravijaya Stotra : Overcoming Separation
8. Alaukikodbalana Stotra : The Transcendent Power
9. Svatantryavijaya Stotra : The Glory of Freedom
10. Avicchedabhanga Stotra : Breaking the Continuity
11. Autsukyavishvasita Stotra : Longing for Assurance
12. Rahasyanirdesha Stotra : Revealing the Secret
13. Samgraha Stotra : In Summing Up
14. Jaya Stotra : Hymn of Glorification
15. Bhakti Stotra : The Song of Devotion
16. Pashanudbheda Stotra : Breaking the Fetters
17. Divyakridabahumana Stotra : Celebrating the Divine Play
18. Avishkara Stotra : Revealing Hymn
19. Udyotanabhidhana Stotra : The Meaning Revealed
20. Carvanabhidhana Stotra : Savouring the Meaning
Sloka Index

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Swami Lakshman Joo, the last Saivacarya of Kashmir (1907-1991), combined in himself the great scholar of the tradition of Kashmir Saivism, who taught and expounded its texts time and again to his disciples and to scholars from all parts of the world, and the perfect yogi who had an intimate experience of the spirituality contained therein. He had a special love for the Sivastotravali and expounded it many times in different languages (Kashmiri, Hindi and English). His edition of the Sivastotravali with Kshemaraja’s commentary and his Hindi translation remains the standard text. In the present volume his exposition in English is brought out for the first time.
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