HSU tantra 2014: last assignment

Intro to Hindu Tantra: assignment for April 2nd

In preparation for our next class, please:

  • READ this summary of the 20 sutras of the Heart of Recognition (Pratyabhijnahrdayam).
  • READ this short excerpt from the Paramarthasara by Abhinavagupta. Please note that Bhairava is another name for Shiva.
  • READ this short meditation experience: The Blue Heart.
  • EXPERIMENT with your own understanding. Sit in front of a mirror and contemplate the relationship between the mirror and the objects reflected in it as you re-read Abhinavagupta’s words.
  • WRITE a 2-page paper that describes your understanding of the relationship between the inner Self and the world that we perceive, according to the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism.

OPTIONAL:

Check out this amazing TED talk by scientist Jeff Lieberman that summarizes the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism!

 

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