This extraordinary sutra teaches the goal of Tantrik Yoga—and of every nondual path—here called jīvanmukti or 'embodied liberation', and offers a beautiful definition of that goal: "jīvanmukti is defined as the natural freedom that arises for one who has recognized her own essence-nature when the entire mass of bondage melts away yet she continues to care for the prāṇas of the body."
This post features one of the most powerful teachings in The Recognition Sutras—on how to access the innate power of Awareness.
Awareness, like a fire, ‘devours’ all things; that is to say, it is that inner space in which all experienced things converge, and in which all experiences are dissolved and ultimately resolved. Since all beings exhibit that capacity at least partially, we know that all beings are forms of that same divine Consciousness which has the capacity to 'devour' all things.
Chapter Thirteen of the Recognition Sutras is the pivot point of the text; what came before describes the process by which transindividual Awareness (aka Divine Consciousness) contracts into the form of a deluded and suffering human being, while what comes after describes the process by which such a being realizes his or her nature as that unbounded Consciousness.
This second reading of Sūtra Eight explores how the nature of awareness can be realized by careful reflection on the process of cognition—specifically, how thoughts, feelings, and perceptions arise and dissolve within awareness. Such profound self-reflection leads one beyond philosophy to a direct contemplation of the nature of fundamental Awareness itself. This contemplative process, if properly directed, results in awakening to your true nature.
Chapter Twelve of The Recognition Sutras reveals how the state of bondage that most people live in is nothing other than the state of being deluded by and about the powers and potencies of one's very own consciousness. Learn how this delusion manifests as inhibition, and how the key to freedom lies in unraveling the misunderstandings you have about yourself.
A wake-up call: what can we really know is true?
What unbelievable power, potency, and aliveness lie unsuspected beneath your sadness, your loneliness, your emptiness! This post is about the liberating power of moving through the Heart of Darkness.
For my first blog post of 2017, something unexpectedly powerful came through.
This post explores the most subtle of all The Recognition Sutras. Read it to understand why becoming more aware of awareness, and how it creates its experience of reality moment-to-moment, is the key to living a liberated life.
A crystal-clear outline and explanation of Chapter One of the Yoga Sutra, together with a brand new translation of a Tantrik scriptural passage that adopts and reinterprets Patañjali's ashtānga-yoga!
Chapter Ten of The Recognition Sutras explains how it makes sense to say that each and every human being is a manifestation of God. In what sense are we all constantly expressing our Divinity, whether we know it or not?
One of the most fascinating, strange, mysterious, compelling practice texts in the history of yoga is the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra, “The Scripture of the Bhairava who is Consciousness.” This post analyzes the nature and content of this 1200-year-old scripture.
The Shaiva Tantrik tradition has a remarkable prescription for how to be happy, and it's not cute, superficial, fluffy, or easy. It's subtle, profound, challenging, and real. And it works. It's found in Chapter Nine of The Recognition Sutras.
The second of two posts on the spiritual culture of Karnātaka, this one also outlines the Bhakti Movement and describes some of its key features.
Why is Karnātaka -- one of four states of south India -- the land of yoga? Discover its rich heritage in this post.
This post clearly defines 'awakening' and documents the four uses of the term in spiritual literature and contemporary discourse.
A concise exploration of the need for spiritual teachers, and how we might reinvent the role in such a way as to avoid the dangers of exploitation. Uncensored straight talk.
How can we understand all the scandals that have beset yoga teachers and gurus over the years? In the context of what teachings do these 'falls from grace' make perfect sense? And how can we avoid such pitfalls?
A departure from the norm for Tantrik Studies, this post is likely to awaken some and offend others.
This post, which translates Recognition Sutra #8, reveals both how to access fundamental awareness and how to reconcile the many spiritual paths and philosophies of the world.
The seventh sutra of this seminal Tantrik scripture explained. How does the One become many? What are the fundamental constituents of embodied Consciousness?
In the face of tragedy, we need to feel our emotions fully, but we also need to see through our negative stories, which dishearten us and make us less able to take positive action. This post might help put things in perspective for you.
The mind perceives things dualistically. Why does it do so, and why is that such a problem in human life? Sutra Six of The Recognition Sutras gives the answer.
This post discusses the nature of the mind in Tantrik philosophy, and ends with a powerful practice for all seekers of liberation. This is the sixth post on the 1000-year-old spiritual masterpiece, The Recognition Sutras.
The fourth Recognition Sutra: how the pattern of the whole universe exists within you, and why that matters.
The third mind-blowing sūtra of this 11th-century masterpiece explains how the perceiver (you) and the perceived are co-arising, interdependent, co-creating aspects of one reality. Read on to see WHY THAT MATTERS....
The fascinating story of how the spiritual masterpiece *The Recognitions Sutras* survived the ravages of time, and why it matters.
The mindblowing second teaching of The Recognition Sutras, a spiritual masterpiece composed 1000 years ago in the valley of Kashmīr. How does Awareness create reality?
This post presents the astonishing first sūtra of The Recognition Sutras, a masterful introduction to the Tantrik path written 1,000 years ago by Abhinavagupta's successor, himself a fully realized being.
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