Lord Shiva and I are one
“Kundalini shakti is the concealing and revealing energy of Lord Shiva. Para (supreme) kundalini is the heart and existence of Shiva, in fact it is the life and glory of Shiva, it is Shiva himself.” – Kashmir Shaivism, the Secret Supreme
“Kashmir Shaivism proclaims that there are three means (upayas) for entering into the state of Universal God consciousness, i.e. shambhavopaya (supreme), shaktopaya (medium), and anavopaya (inferior). The difference is, in anavopaya you take the support of everything as an aid to strengthening awareness. In shaktopaya you begin in the center and become established there. In shambhavopaya no support is needed, you reside at your own point, the rest is automatic. It is important to realize that although these means are different, they all lead to the state of one transcendental consciousness.”
“Creating, protecting, destroying, concealing and revealing are the five great acts of Lord Shiva. The individual soul also accomplishes these five acts and feels he is acting according to his own will, but, in reality his actions are dependent to the will of God, Lord Shiva. Still, as long as he has ego and feels that he is the actor, the limited individual is responsible for his own actions.
In the kingdom of spirituality Lord Shiva creates masters and disciples through his act of revealing, also known as grace or shaktipata. There are three types of grace, intense (tivra-tivra), medium (tivra) and inferior (madhya). Within each of these there are three levels which means Lord Shiva bestows grace and creates masters and disciples in nine different ways. The greatness of Lord Shiva is that no matter what intensity of his grace is with you, it will carry you to his nature in the end.”
“Kundalini shakti is the concealing and revealing energy of Lord Shiva. Para (supreme) kundalini is the heart and existence of Shiva, in fact it is the life and glory of Shiva, it is Shiva himself.
When para kundalini creates the universe Shiva conceals his real nature and becomes the universe. Cit kundalini is experienced by great yogin’s, who through maintenance of awareness, enter the junction and experience the rise of the seven states of turya. Prana kundalini is experienced by those yogin’s who are attached to spirituality and worldly pleasure side by side.”
“There are seven variations in the rise or penetration (vedha) of prana kundalini. These are determined by the inherent desires of the individual aspirant. For example, to achieve recognition of supreme I (aham), to uplift others, to have peace of mind, to become strong and maintain perfect physical condition, to experience kundalini in the form of a serpent (cobra), and to give initiation secretly. The type of rise is however, out of the hands of the individual, as it is automatically determined by ones deepest desires and longings.”
“Kashmir Shaivism is known as the pure Trika system, which means “the three-fold science of man and his world.” It is a system meant for any human being without restriction of cast, creed, color or gender. The four sub-systems of Trika philosophy – known as Pratyabhijana, Kula, Krama and Spanda, form the one thought of Trika. They all accept and are based on the ninety-two scriptures (agamas or tantras) of Shaivism.”
– Shiva Sutra 1.1
This first sutra, caitanyamatma, states that individual being is one with universal being. The reality of this whole universe is God consciousness. It is filled with God consciousness.
In this sutra, the state of complete independence is indicated and accomplished through the use of the word caitanya… It is only this one aspect, svatantrya, that is revealed by the word caitanya. This indicates that the word caitanya means “the independent state of consciousness.”
The independent state of consciousness is the self. It is the self of everything, because whatever exists in the world is the state of Lord Shiva. So Lord Shiva is found everywhere.
“Let Shiva, who is my Self, let Shiva do pranam (bow down) to his real nature – to Universal Shiva, by his own Shakti, for removing the bondage and limitation, which is Shiva.” – 1st verse, Shiva Dhristi
Here, Shiva bows to himself, for the removal of obstacles, which are also Shiva, through his own energy (shakti) which is one with Shiva, and in the end He resides in the state of universal Shiva. That is the state of Para (Supreme) Bhairava!
To realize this is the essence of Shaivism.”
— Swami Lakshmanjoo
“Trika philosophy is situated in the heart of that supreme energy of God consciousness. It teaches you to realize that this whole objective world, which is already in front of you, is not separate from God consciousness. You do not have to realize God situated in some seventh heaven. God and the individual are one, to realize this is the essence of Shaivism.”
Swamiji Lakshmanjoo tells us,”freedom from all our miseries, as Abhinavagupta boldly declares, can neither be obtained through the renunciation of the world, nor by hatred towards this world, but by experiencing the presence of God everywhere.”
It is to attain the bliss of samadhi that we should meditate, that we should have our Kundalini awakened by the grace of a master. We do not meditate to attain God, because we have already attained Him. We meditate so that we can become aware of God manifest within us.” – Baba Muktananda
Baba Muktananda says, “Chanting the divine name is the most sublime way to develop inner love. The divine lover pursues God through his divine name.”
“Chant the mantra with great feeling. Chant with all your heart and the bliss will come. No negativities can withstand the bliss of the Lord’s name.” OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
NOTE: Kashmir Shaivism is not a religion. It is a philosophy open to those who have the desire to understand it; hence, for its study there are no restrictions of caste, creed, color or gender.
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