An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy: The Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta
with the Commentary of Yogaraja.
Many historical examples of the interrelation of the faiths are supplied, including a lengthy essay on representations in Islamic manuscripts painted by Sultan Muhammad, and an article on the aesthetics and metaphysics of the Kashmir Saivite, Abhinavagupta
I shall explore the causation theory espoused by Kashmir Saivism's major thinkers Abhinavagupta
and his successor Ksemaraja.
In contrast to Damian's understanding of spiritual life as being antithetical to sexual desire, the older contemporary of Damian teaching in Kashmir, namely the Shaiva exegete Abhinavagupta
, writes on the transformation of desire through sexualized ritual as being a path to liberation, the soteriological goal of the Hindu tantric tradition.
Although kama or pleasure was the apparent aim of art in the view of rasa aestheticians, Abhinavagupta
in the 11th Century determined that the ultimate emotional experience in art was the bliss of moksa, spiritual freedom.
Among the commentators of Bharata, Bhatta Lollata, Bhatta Sankuka, Bhatta Nayaka, Bhatta Yantra are quoted by Acarya Abhinavagupta
in his Abhi.
Moreover, cognitivism has points of contact with a number of non-cognitive literary theories, from Aristotle and Abhinavagupta
to the poststructuralists who were so prominent until only recently.
The Kashmiri Shaiva community to which Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta
belong is dedicated particularly to Shiva as the supreme God and source of all reality, the deepest ground of human identity, and the bestower of salvation.
at the beginning of his Vimarsini on the Isvarapratyabhijna-karika (IPK) does not hesitate to say that Utpaladeva's masterwork is in fact only a "reflect" (pratibimba) of the SD.
agrees with Anandavardhana in that the Rasa is suggested by Dhvani but suggestion, of necessity, involves experiencing or idealizing towards an experience.
Having made these preliminary observations on the idea of comparison I wish to turn to the substance of what I wish to say, the conception of self in thinkers who are pivotal in their own traditions, namely Abhinavagupta
Towards a Cognitive Science of Poetics: Anadavardhana, Abhinavagupta
, and the Theory of Literature.