“… when the Iron Age (Kali Yuga) was sufficiently advanced, the sages who were in the possession of the Shaiva Tantric traditions, retired to places inaccessible to ordinary mortals.”
– Abhinavagupta: A Historical & Philosophical Study
Abhinavagupta was a 10th century Kashmir Shaivite enlightened master and genius. Some say he was India’s greatest mind. In 2005 I purchased a copy of his “Essence of the Exact Reality or Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta” translated by B.N. Pandit from Exotic India. I have kept this slender volume near me all these years and still find it illuminating and inspiring.
Here is the link to the pdf:
My writing on Abhinavagupta and Kashmir Shaivism:
Abhinavagupta / NO DIVERSITY IS THE REAL TRUTH : “All such theories are merely some dialectical speculations useful in discussions and debates. None among such entities has any real existence, as all are mere suppositions and imaginary concepts of thinks.”
Abhinavagupta tells us to again & again say this: “I AM INFINITELY POTENT AND ABSOLUTELY PURE CONSCIOUSNESS.”
There are numerous translations — including one by the Kashmir Shaivite Swami Lakshmanjoo — all reflecting the consciousness of the translator.
However, even though I learn from them all, I still find that the B.N. Pandit is my favorite.
Certainly, Ramana Maharshi has clarified the teachings of the sacred Sankrit texts. And the river of Truth, SATYA runs through all Time.
The Song of Ribhu
Translated from the Original Tamil Version by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy & Nome; Society for the Abidance of Truth, 2000.
There is no object that is real, ever.
Whatever is seemingly real is all completely illusory.
When measured by reasoning and such,
Even that illusoriness is only the substratum.
… the substratum [the imperishable, eternal, immeasurable, immutable, One]…is the only Reality.
Whoever hears and understands this, will attain Liberation.
There is not the least doubt of this.
Of this world, which is an illusory superimposition on Consciousness,
There is nothing real or unreal.
… this form-filled, false, insentient, sorrowful world
Is entirely an illusory superimposition
On the substratum of all, the Supreme Brahman…
As for me … I have apparently lost considerable interest in the unraveling of this world.