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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass, (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8120808215
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120808218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kika69 on 18 Sept. 2011
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beautiful - to be read with Odier's version of the Spandakarikas. may all beings find happiness and the root of happiness
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
An essential companion to the Siva Sutras. 7 July 2002
By JPH - Published on Amazon.com
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Like Shakti for Shiva, like Venus for Mars, the Spanda-Karikas are required reading for the person who has delved into Jaideva Singh's compilation of the Siva Sutras.
The Spanda-Karikas are Sri Vasugupta's commentary verses on the Siva Sutras he had received from Lord Shiva. 52 in all, here in this book they are wedded to Sri Ksemaraja's commentaries, plus a bonus 53rd verse from Sri Ksemaraja. Cool hey?!! 11 centuries before music companies started dishing our free bonus album CDs, or MacD's gave the world that extra decked Big Mac, the Kashmiri Saivites had known all about bonus goodies. :-)
The texts are all expertly translated by the incredibly meticulous and conscientious Jaideva Singh. Here, and in his Siva Sutras & Pratyabhijnahrdayam too, Singh (pupil of Lakshman Joo; the last doyen of the Kashmir Trika lineage) really took pains to clarify the teachings of the Trika sect; carefully differentiating the Trika teachings from the strawman fallacies made out of them by careless Western academics. You will be hard challenged to find a better preserver and defender of the Trika philosophy elsewhere.
While the Siva Sutras laid out the foundational doctrines of the Trika sect, describing Supreme Lord Shiva's relationship to the material world and sentient beings, the Spanda Karikas elucidate instead primarily on Lord Shiva's power or ParaShakti, his divine consort. Together, the Siva Sutras and Spand Karikas constitute the cornerstones of Trika philosophy.
This is all I can offer as an intro to the Karikas. You need to study them yourself to get the gist of the Spanda doctrines. They can't be easily summarized. Least of all in a short Amazon.Com review. :-)
Aum Parashaktiye Namaha!
Aum Namah Sivaya!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Spanda-Kārikās : the Meeting Point of Modern & Ancient Science -- Quantum Physics & Consciousness 19 Aug. 2012
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This English translation of Spanda-Kārikās: The Divine Creative Pulsation (Spanda) by Jaideva Singh is an affirmation of ancient cosmological principles given expression in modern science physics.

Consisting of a total of 53 verses (karikas), it is based on the verses and Kesemarāja's commentary, entitled Spanda-nirṇaya. Jaideva Singh has sprinkled throughout the text additionally some commentary notes of his own.

Herein alone in Spanda-Kārikās is to be found the reason of things which is not to prove the reality of a tangible uni-verse but to gain a firm conviction regarding one's real nature; absolute Divine Consciousness. If Divine Consciousness has to be functional -- practical and useful -- it has to have spanda, an impulse. Spanda, impulse, is existence, is the physical existence. He existing, the whole uni-verse exists.

In Shiva-sutras, it is the immutable silent witnessing Divine Consciousness or the motionless Shiva (prakāsha) aspect that is emphasized.

In Spanda-Kārikās , it is Shiva's essential nature that is emphasized -- the active dual impulse (vimarsha), jñāna-shakti and kriyā shakti (knowledge and action powers respectively), instantaneously and simultaneously occurring, thus intemporal -- throbbing with life; that creates, that manifests, that sponsors individual existence at the point from where everything emerges. Knowing Itself, it is Spanda, Law: controlled in the most orderly and evolutionary way and nourishing to everyone.

Together, the two books give an integrated view into the all-of-reality of the Shaiva philosophical tradition that eternally is, immutably so.

The Spanda doctrine is the meeting point of ancient science and the most modern scientific theories of physics in which the lively potential of natural law, the unified field, knows itself and nothing else.

From the theory of physics, the self-referral unified field of all the laws of nature is a self-referral (jñāna-shakti), self-interacting (kriyā-shakti) reality at the unmanifested basis of creation.

Modern science physics know that Nature functions through the Principle of Least Action. The ancient Spanda doctrine knows that orderly action (Dharma) is embedded in silence and available in the awakened, alert consciousness.

Uni-versal creation but is itself an intemporal -- self-referral, self-interacting -- process at the indestructible wakefulness basis of creation to which modern science physics can neither attribute nor deny beginning and end since these words have no sense outside the limits of time.

Spanda-Kārikās (verses) are designed to establish absorption into Spanda principle in the partially enlightened without a vestige of doubt for the manifestation of the state of the fully illuminated yogi -- one who transcended the mind and recognized the irreversible evidence of his real nature.

In the words of Spanda-Kārikās translator, Jaideva Singh, "...the book has to do only with the perfect enlightenment of the partially enlightened. Other commentators have not understood this fact. Readers may examine this for themselves. How far can I go on pointing this out with regard to every word" (page 91).

In the concluding remarks by Kesemarāja, we have (p. 176):

"They are not qualified for the study of this shastra (teaching) whose intelligence is not purified by the teaching of right sort of teachers, whose doubt has not been shattered by the esoteric teaching of Shaiva discipline, and who, being of tender intellect have not tasted previously the nectar of Pratyabhijna (Recognition). This may, however, be enjoyed by the other high-souled ones."

Spanda-Kārikās is divided into four sections under the following topics:

Section I: Svarūpaspandaẖ (describes spanda principally as Shiva's dynamic aspect which is identical with the essential Self of each. Emphasis is placed on nimilana samadhi -- introversive meditation for the realization of the spanda principle) - consists of 16-karikas or verses.

Section II: Sahaja Vidyodayā (describes spanda not only as identical with the essential Self but also with the whole uni-verse. Emphasis is on unmĪlana samādhi -- extroversive meditation -- to realize this aspect of spanda.) - consists of 7-karikas, or verses.

Section III - Vibhūti Spanda (describes the nature of Spanda principle -- the higher and lower supernormal powers, according to desire, that arrive by lying hold of the Spanda principle while, at the same time, briefly delineating the nature of bondage & liberation; and concludes by describing the means of cutting asunder bondage, i.e., what was said in the first verse of the first Section: unmesha, opening of the eye -- or consciousness knowing Itself is law.) - consists of 19-karikas or verses.

Section IV - Conclusion (expresses Self-wholeness or Guru is Spanda in him, with him and around him) - consists of 2-karikas or verses.

This translation of Spanda-Kārikās by Jaideva Singh, based on the verses and Kesemarāja's commentary, Spanda-nirṇaya, is an affirmation of the pure non-dual cosmological principles given expression in modern science.

In it is to be found the most important doctrinal aspect of science in modern times, an affirmation of the details of the Unified Field of Natural Law and total knowledge available in Advaita Vedanta, Unity Consciousness where one knows others as oneself -- the highest aim of human existence and essential foundation eternally in science and cultures, any civilization deserving to be so called.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
good stuff 4 Nov. 2009
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this book is endlessly valuable if you're interested in kashmir shaivism's philosophy and practices

it's a bit crowded in a way and might be dry reading for some

however once you get into it and become familiar with it you'll find the quality of it

i find some of jaideva singh's translations a bit clunky but they work to get the point across

the subject matter is of course fairly obscure in many ways - however as one studies more of kashmir shaivism one begins to find in it a philosophy and system of practice that is remarkably clear and yet still profound.

at the center of all the talk is the incentive : go within , realize your own nature
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spanda-Karikas 29 Mar. 2013
By Elizabeth D'Ambrosio - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent translation with commentary, exposition and footnotes. Overall very clear and comprehensible with cross references to expand and shed light onto complex concepts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Throb in the motionless 9 May 2013
By Wijnanda - Published on Amazon.com
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all yoga teachers should know about "spanda" throb in the motionless. This is an excellent author in the Kashmiri shaivism tradition.
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