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Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening [Paperback]

Swami Lakshmanjoo , Lakshman , John Hughes
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13 Sep 2007
The book, Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening, is revealed by the twentieth century's great philosopher saint Swami Lakshmanjoo. This spiritual treasure, gifted by God to the sage Vasugupta for the upliftment of humankind, is considered to be one of Kashmir Shaivism's most important scriptures. Here, Swami Lakshmanjoo gives the reader a penetrating vision of the glorious journey of Supreme Awakening; the traveling from limited individuality to absolute oneness with God. Swami Lakshmanjoo draws on his own experience and the Lineage of Kashmir Shaiva Masters to reveal the esoteric commentary of Abhinavagupta's chief disciple Kshemaraja. the secrets of this sacred teaching are once again being made available for the upliftment of humankind.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 2 edition (13 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434314057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434314055
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why this is the BEST! 24 May 2011
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Swami Lakshmanjoo was the last in the Vasugupta, Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta lineage of Kashmir Shaivite sages. Every Sanskrit scholar who studies and translates the Kashmir Shaivite texts acknowledges his immanence as the source. Without Swami Lakshmanjoo these invaluable texts would have remained incomprehensible to even Indian scholars.

The meaning of Sanskrit words in Kashmir Shaivite texts is often very distinct from their meaning in the texts of other schools. This is quite natural, for Kashmir Shaivism considers the other schools incomplete in their understanding of the eternal Wisdom that is the substratum of this universe.

Jaideva Singh has acknowledged his indebtedness to Swami Lakshmanjoo in the dedications of his various translations of Kashmir Shaivite texts. Boris Marjanovic mentions Swami Lakshmanjoo in his introduction to his translation of the Bhagavad Gita.

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 feel that behind his words lay another dimension beyond them in which he lived and from which he beckoned us to join him."

I first discovered and began reading Swami Lakshmanjoo's Shiva Sutras in 2005 and I have been reading, listening to the CDs, and studying his revelations ever since. For me one word from Swami Lakshmanjoo is often worth a 1000 from others. This has been my experience with him, because Swami Lakshmanjoo was in fact an enlightened Master - the real thing.

I had previously read Jaideva Singh's wonderful translation many times since 1997 and thus I did have a background familiarity of these verses. But as always, Swami Lakshmanjoo takes them to a new deeper-higher level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal teaching in Kashmir Shaivism. 25 Feb 2008
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Once again Swami Lakshmanjoo illustrates his mastery over the little known subject of Kashmir Shaivism. As a direct master of the oral tradition he translates the Sutras and explains Kshemaraja's commentary with ease and sophistication.

Fifteen hundred years ago Lord Shiva appeared in a dream to his devotee Vasugupta. He inspired him to go to a certain place where He would reveal a great secret. Vasugupta trekked to the designated spot and found a huge rock by the side of a small stream at the base of Mahadeva Mountain. By his mere touch the rock miraculously turned revealing the inscribed Sutras on its underside. The rock exists even today, and the Shiva Sutras have long been considered to be Lord Shiva's gift to mankind in this era known as Kali Yuga.

Swami Lakshmanjoo is a master of the oral tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He breathes life into its teachings in a way that only one who has experienced its reality can do. At an earlier date Lakshmanjoo taught these Shiva Sutras to Lillian Silburn, and Jaideva Singh. Here we have his last translation based on the original audio recordings, minimally edited by John Hughes. Like his previous books "Secret Supreme" and "Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism" this book reads like the spoken word. It is as if Lakshmanjoo breathes through these pages and instills the essence of Kashmir Shaivism into the reader.

Divided into three chapters ("Awakenings") Lakshmanjoo explains the significance of the Sutras in relation to the advanced, mediocre and ordinary aspirants. For the serious students the original Sanskrit text is appended. It contains numerous corrections as indicated by Lakshmanjoo.

The first pages contain a translation of the Sutras only, followed by a brief "Introduction" to the text by John Hughes. This book is a must for the serious student of Kashmir Shaivism as it covers many aspects of the philosophical system know as Trika.

As with all Kashmir Shiva literature the knowledge is Self revealing. It is the present writers experience that this book "Shiva Sutras, The Supreme Awakening," expands exponentially with each reading.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why this is the BEST! 24 May 2011
By S. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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Swami Lakshmanjoo was the last in the Vasugupta, Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta lineage of Kashmir Shaivite sages. Every Sanskrit scholar who studies and translates the Kashmir Shaivite texts acknowledges his immanence as the source. Without Swami Lakshmanjoo these invaluable texts would have remained incomprehensible to even Indian scholars.

The meaning of Sanskrit words in Kashmir Shaivite texts is often very distinct from their meaning in the texts of other schools. This is quite natural, for Kashmir Shaivism considers the other schools incomplete in their understanding of the eternal Wisdom that is the substratum of this universe.

Jaideva Singh has acknowledged his indebtedness to Swami Lakshmanjoo in the dedications of his various translations of Kashmir Shaivite texts. Boris Marjanovic mentions Swami Lakshmanjoo in his introduction to his translation of the Bhagavad Gita.

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 feel that behind his words lay another dimension beyond them in which he lived and from which he beckoned us to join him."

I first discovered and began reading Swami Lakshmanjoo's Shiva Sutras in 2005 and I have been reading, listening to the CDs, and studying his revelations ever since. For me one word from Swami Lakshmanjoo is often worth a 1000 from others. This has been my experience with him, because Swami Lakshmanjoo was in fact an enlightened Master - the real thing.

I had previously read Jaideva Singh's wonderful translation many times since 1997 and thus I did have a background familiarity of these verses. But as always, Swami Lakshmanjoo takes them to a new deeper-higher level. His words carry the frequency of his state of consciousness, PARABHAIRAVA.

In Kashmir Shaivism the final state is termed ParaBhairava. This is an acrostic word: para - the highest; bha - maintenance of the world; ra - withdrawal of the world; and va - projection of the world. This state is where Swami Lakshmanjoo resides, even though he may appear as an ordinary old man to those without understanding.

The Shiva Sutras are like the Bhagavad Gita in the sense that every time you read these verses, a more profound insight into their meaning will be revealed to you. The knowledge transmitted to you will vary, of course, and depend what you can receive, meaning on your own consciousness at the time you read and listen.

For example, Sutra 1.2: Knowing differentiatedly is bondage and not knowing undifferentiatedly is bondage. From the point of western academia, all knowledge is to be sought and revered. But this verse tells us that the deeper we sink into differentiated knowledge, our bondage to the temporal hologram increases. And `not knowing' is that state of not knowing your own undifferentiated Self within. If you remain unconscious and ignorant of the God-within you, the Self, you remain bound to the wheels of endless birth and death, Samsara.

It is true that with Kashmir Shaivsm you are going to want to learn at least a few Sanskrit terms. But these words carry a higher consciousness in their vibratory frequency and they will give you far more than the time it takes to assimilate them. These waveforms as words formed by the sound of the Sanskrit letters, contain the essence of timeless eternal spiritual experiences, which unfortunately have not been prevalent in our western culture and thus are arduous to describe in English, a language of commerce. This is why Sanskrit is a sacred language.

For those of you who are dedicated and sincerely long to return Home, to be Liberated in this life, the Shiva Sutras as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo are priceless gems that will move you into an ever deepening consciousness and bring you far greater lasting Joy than anything in the external, now from all appearances, dissolving world. And once you come to understand him a bit, Swami Lakshmanjoo's sense of cosmic humor is fun! We really are involved in our own Time/Space playfulness here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swami Lakshmanjoo, Dr. Jaideva Singh and Swami Muktananda 18 July 2010
By Norm N - Published on Amazon.com
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I am fortunate to have come with some preparation to read this publication of the Shiva Sutras by having read Dr. Jaideva Singh's translation of the same scripture, along with some of Swami Muktananda's works.

Dr. Singh credits Swami Lakshmanjoo with a lot of help in his translation. Dr. Singh also includes a blessing of his work from Swami Muktananda. In Swami Lakshmanjoo/Hughes' book "Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism" there is a photograph of Swami Muktananda and Swami Lakshmanjoo in a half embrace smiling at the camera. These three great beings went to great effort to triangulate the meaning of Kashmir Shaivism for us and posterity.

From Swami Muktananda's works I came to recognize that Kashmir Shaivism influenced his answers to questions and spiritual obstacles alot. In his perennially optimistic, encouraging manner, Swami Muktananda applies Kashmir Shaivism in a way that is easy for even a child or "portress of water" to understand. Quoting Swami Muktananda: "Whatever happens, happens for your spiritual growth. It is only that you are not aware of it".
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound book 3 April 2009
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this is an excellent book.

different, perhaps, to other translations and commentaries on the shiva sutras.

the author is a master of the kashmir shaivism system of philosophy and practice.

for those seeking to practice rather than just studying the philosophy, i consider the book to have a companion piece - the vijnana bhairava tantra. not just any translation and commentary, though. get the one from the same author - swami lakshmanjoo.

on the universal shaiva fellowship website ( www dot universalshaivafellowship dot org ) the book and audio recordings of it can be purchased. i have these and they are superior to any other translation or commentary.

a fairly good one though, in the spirit of kashmir shaivism, is from jaideva singh which can be purchased here from amazon. however he does not give the same practical advise that is given in swami lakshmanjoo's exposition of the practices and in some places his information contradicts with lakshmanjoo's (who taught him the book).

the shiva sutras as presented by swami lakshmanjoo will guide an aspirant to which practices outlined in the vijnana bhairava tantra are most suitable for him or her.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiva Sutras 29 Sep 2010
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The Shiva Sutras are the highest spiritual philosophy on the planet. Well done Swami Lakshmanjoo!Shiva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening
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