Contribution of Abhinavgupta to Hindu Dharma, Kashmir Shaivism

Abhinavgupta was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family. His original name was different and this was a title he was conferred upon by his masters signifying proficiency and trustworthiness. Abhinavagupta was a single worded title that was conferred upon him, and he is believed to be belonging to the Kaul clan and hence he was categorized as a Brahmin.

The only Sanskrit scholar to complete a translation of Tantrāloka in a European language – Raniero Gnoli stated that Abhinavagupta also signifies new revelation to the ever-new imaginative force of his mystic familiarity.

Jayaratha (1150-1200 AD) inspired us to learn that Abhinavagupta was possessing the entire six qualities required to receive the incredible level of Saktipāta, as explained in the holy texts of Śrīpūrvaśāstra besides an undaunted faith in God, recitation of mantras, restraint over objective values, victorious finale of the entire activities pursued, lyrical originality besides unprompted acquaintance of all disciplines referred to as the 36 tattvas.

Abhinavagupta’s formation is well maintained with equilibrium among the branches of the harmony Trika – icchā signifying willingness, jñāna signifying acquaintance and kriyā signifying accomplishment besides devotional songs, academicals/philosophical works and the workings   explaining ritual/yogic practices.

Abhinavagupta, as an author, was considered to have systematized the philosophical deliberation by rebuilding, modernizing 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 Abhinavagupta as a bright scholar and saint in addition to his contribution to developing the apex of Kasmir Śaivism besides possessing yogic recognition.

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