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It is thus the Lord who differentiates all thoughts and causes any collective consideration about them.

Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika Of Utpaladeva Verses Of Recognition Of Lord Pandit B. N. MLBD

In the next couplet, the Vijnanavadin intends to refute the existence of Atman as the supreme doer, the Master of action, by pointing out some logical defects with regard to the concept of relativity in action. This is His cognitive power, called jndna-sakti. One can newly experience an object, rather than remembering one, because it appears as a new Book I: Mental ideation is shown to be erroneous in character, since it is based on different degrees of oblivion created by the independent universal Self, through His divine creative power.

Utpaladeva rejects philosophical suggestions that principles such as atoms, cosmic energy, or mere ignorance alone are the basic source of all phenomena.

Utpaladeva presents these theories in order to eventually refute them. N Pandit emerges from and is an authentic part of the Indian scholarly tradition of learned pandits.

Commentary According to Samkhya theory, buddhithe intellect, is relatively pure in character because of the predominance of sattva-guna in it. Utpaladeva sees these means as self-evident and ever new in character.

It does not mean any actual knowing [of the past knowledge by the present one]. Besides, most of the other schools ot Indian philosophy accept the existence of Atman lying beyond the domain of the mind. It is He who is competent to manifest different experiential and recollective thoughts in so great a variety. But neither Utpaladeva, nor anyone in his line, has said anything about his exact place of residence. Kashmir Saivism grew to its climax in Kashmir in both theory and practice through Abhinavagupta’s highly valuable literary efforts.


Just so, the aspirant must clearly and finally recognise the Lord’s presence in his or her own heart in order to be filled with undying happiness. Abhinavagupta quotes several passages as having been taken from the works of Utpaladeva, without mentioning the names of these works, proving that the master philosopher must have written additional works that have been lost. Memory is only possible, therefore, if the underlying source or controlling authority is the self-luminous Atman and not the dependent mind or mental flux.

Many scriptural thinkers have declared the power of action to be another definition of the sentience of living beings. It thus cannot prove that the phenomena of knowing and doing are related to something else and cannot at all help in establishing the existence of that something as Atman, the doer and knower.

Paradoxically, we do see our true Self, but are not able to realise its real significance on account of this delusion. Torella is working on a translation of a Vivriti fragment commenting on IPK verses 2. This commentary is only partly available at present. While in the waking state, a person is bound by all three impurities in the physical body Introduction lvii and its actions. Can any heap of seeds sprout while lying firmly inside an all-devouring burning fire, surrounded by the circle of its flames?

So prayabhijna the Vijhanavadin. Such a phenomenon, appearing in both its aspects ot perception and conception, is deliberated upon in a recollection. Vaha-cheda cutting the two vital currents, prana and apana leads to illumination by resting the ascending and descending vayus in the heart.

A feudal administrative chief governing an area of about one hundred villages was designated as a goptd in ancient India. By focusing on the pure awareness substrate of cognition instead of the external objects, the practitioner reaches illumination. Thus, all cognitions being limited perceptions of the absolute, are illusions, on account of containing a sense of duality. No knowing can be understood by any other form of knowing. It is one in its ultimate and comprehensive character and consists of a series of movements, happening one after another, all belonging to the one person who conducts it.

In Buddhism, mind collates the aspect of awareness. Composed by the pratyabhijn Utpaladeva in the tenth century C. There, an adept aspirant’s Self-realisation is metaphorically compared with the sudden recognition by a loving maiden of her loved one.


Its essence is limitation of the power of action and the illusion of individual agency, the effect of which is the accumulation of karma in the causal body. He explained his vrtti on the Isvara-pxatyabhijhd through a detailed commentary called the Vivrti or TTkd.

Narasimhagupta and Varahagupta were the immediate ancestors of Abhinavagupta. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Not only does this school try to refute the existence of the individual spirit of living beings, but it also does not accept the existence of God, the universal spirit and the authority ruling over and operating the whole universe.

In the same way, many prattabhijna can be perceived to be one, depending on the viewer.

Isvara Pratyabhijna Karika of Utpaladeva by Bansi Pandit

Each momentary state of mind gives rise to another similarly temporary mental state, with each becoming extinct just after having arisen. Its function is to make the unlimited appear as limited and severed from the whole. It cannot be proved even through pratyabijna based on its active relation with knowing and doing.

Outward manifestation in the form of the universe occurs out of the inwardly existent phenomenon the universal T or supreme Subject, God. The traditional study of his works has continued through the centuries in Kashmir up to the present exodus of pandits from the valley because of political difficulties. Otherwise, if know ing were accepted as unconscious in nature, then it could not be of any use in throwing light on objects.

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When taking on pratyabhhijna five limitations kancuka the infinite spirit appears as integrated in space and time, with limited powers of action and knowledge and a sense of incompleteness. The term Trika was used by Abhinavagupta to represent the entire Kashmir Shaivism or to designate the Pratyabhijna system. A tradition prevalent among some old pandits of Srinagar says that Utpaladeva lived in prataybhijna northern area of the city of Srinagar, on the other side of the Sarika hillock, known at present as Gotapur.