Swami Lakshmanjoo’s Commentary on the Vijnana Bhairava:
The Manual for Self Realization Audio Study Set
Transcript & 7 audio CDs
Even though for the last two years I have been slowly teaching myself Sanskrit,
it will be years before I am able to translate - therefore I love to have more
than one translation of any text that feels key to me.
However, what I have learned and experienced with Swami Lakshmanjoo's teachings
is that there is an enormous difference in learning from the consciousness of
the real enlightened Master. Even a highly intelligent and wonderful Indian
teacher who carries the Sanskrit traditions in his or her DNA, or the most
brilliant Sanskrit scholar cannot infuse you with the wisdom knowledge in a
The scholar and teacher will endeavor to give the reader all the facets of a
verse, with multiple word definitions, and references to similar ideas in
various other related texts. All of this information is useful and helpful, but
cannot reach a similar depth of understanding when compared to the simple,
direct and potent meaning transmitted by the enlightened master. He is there,
where we want to be.
In fact due to the deeply veiled nature of the Kashmir Shaivite texts, scholars and other teachers must look to the enlightened master to decipher these texts. For example Jaideva Singh in the introduction to the 'Pratyabhijnahrdayam' says: "No one who has not studied this book with a teacher can work away its translation merely with the assistance of a lexicon and grammar. I had the good fortune of studying it with Swami Lakshmanjoo... who embodies within himself the tradition."
I have found this to be true in all the translations of the ancient Sanskrit
texts, even the Bhagavad Gita. Each translation reflects the consciousness of
the translator. Indeed in all humility I touch the feet of those amazing
scholars who have climbed the peaks of Sanskrit grammar and given me so much.
Yet I do recognize something else, something that emerges from that elusive
state of Being the Oneness that only comes from one who is There - in
The scholar Mark Dyczkowski, an Oxford don, is reported to have said: "Somehow
he [Swami Lakshmanjoo] sees much more in them than could ever be grasped through
mere bookish knowledge and we could all feel that behind his words lay another
dimension beyond them in which he lived and from which he beckoned us to join
him" (from the foreword to 'Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism', John Hughes).
Swami Lakshmanjoo's Vijnana Bhairava, a how to Become manual, is filled with his
gems from that other dimension. One in particular that struck me was his
explanation of Verse 133. I had on my own developed the theory that myriad other
worlds, heavens and hells if you like, were holographic in nature - perhaps
projected by us over the cycles of time. So when Swami Lakshmanjoo reveals that
"these 118 worlds" have no substance, and even more "it is just a joke" - I had
to laugh. The Creators Play!
We never were this - we are always That, just as the ancient texts say. Swami
Lakshmanjoo is there in that Thatness waiting, as Dyczkowsi says, beckoning you.
The "nectar lips" of Swami Lakshmanjoo have the power to reveal that other
dimension within you.
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