Abhinavagupta: Lord Shiva’s ardent devotee

Abhinavgupta, a single worded title more than the name that was conferred upon a person by is masters signifying proficiency and trustworthiness, was born in a Brahmin family belonging to Kashmiri Pundit Kaul clan. It is an original name was not known to anyone.

Raniero Gnoli, a Sanskrit scholar known for completing a translation on Tantrāloka in a European language, stated that Abhinavgupta signifies a new revelation to the ever-new imaginative force of his mystic familiarity.

Jayaratha (1150-1200 AD) inspired us to learn about Abhinavgupta’s possessing the entire six qualities required to receive the incredible level of Saktipāta, as explained in the holy texts of Śrīpūrvaśāstra. Apart from this, he was also required to acquire 36 tattvas comprising an undaunted faith in God, recitation of mantras, restraint over objective values, victorious finale of the entire activities pursued, and lyrical originality besides unprompted acquaintance of all disciplines.

Abhinavgupta’s formation is well maintained with equilibrium among the three branches of the harmony – icchā signifying willingness, jñāna signifying acquaintance and kriyā signifying accomplishment. Apart from these, devotional songs, academicals/philosophical works and the workings   explaining ritual/yogic practices were also required to be possessed.

Abhinavgupta, as an author, was believed to have systematized the philosophical deliberation. He rebuilt, modernized besides orchestrating the philosophical ideologies into an advanced logical form evaluating the entire accessible sources of his time like a latest scientific analyzer of Indology.

Several updated scholars have exemplified Abhinavgupta to be a bright scholar and saint. Besides, his contribution to developing the apex of Kashmir Śaivism besides possessing yogic recognition earned laurels.

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