Shaiva Devotional Songs of Kashmir A Translation and Study of Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali
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Description: Utpaladeva was considered a siddha, a "perfected being," one of the masters of the tantric tradition in Kashmir, and he is best known for his philosophical treatises. The Shivastotravali reflects Utpaladeva's philosophy, known as the Pratyabhijna school. And yet it is unique among the author's works in its not being a straightforward philosophical treatise but instead, as Dr. Bailly points out in her introduction, more of a spiritual diary of one who is actually treading the path of Shiva. The path that Utpaladeva has chosen does not require leaving one's home and heading for a mountain cave; instead it calls for changing one's view of the world, for leading a life of divine recognition while carrying on with ordinary life.In clearly written, lucid prose Dr. Bailly illuminates the many facets of Utpaladeva's quest. At the core of his spiritual journey is the enigmatic relationship between devotion and grace: how much does spiritual attainment depend upon the individual's efforts, and how much is a divine gift? And how are these to be realized while living in the midst of society, maintaining worldly obligations and lifestyle?For over a thousand years the Shaiva community of Kashmir has used in its worship the hymns of Utpaladeva's Shivastotravali. Here for the first time these hymns are presented in translation as English verse along with the Sanskrit, a clear and lively introduction, two appendices on special aspects of Kashmir Shaivism, and additional notes.
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Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 7/1/1987
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
|The First Song: The Pleasure of Devotion|
|The Second Song: Contemplation of the All-Soul|
|The Third Song: The Gift of Affection|
|The Fourth Song: Potent Nectar|
|The Fifth Song: The Command of Powers|
|The Sixth Song: Tremblings along the Journey|
|The Seventh Song: Victory over Separation|
|The Eighth Song: Unearthly Strength|
|The Ninth Song: The Triumph of Freedom|
|The Tenth Song: Breaking the Continuity|
|The Eleventh Song: Bound to the World by Desire|
|The Twelfth Song: Particulars of the Arcane Lore|
|The Thirteenth Song: In Summary|
|The Fourteenth Song: Song of Glorification|
|The Fifteenth Song: About Devotion|
|The Sixteenth Song: Breaking out of the Fetters|
|The Seventeenth Song: A High Regard for Divine Amusements|
|The Eighteenth Song: Becoming Clear|
|The Nineteenth Song: The Meaning Revealed|
|The Twentieth Song: The Meaning Savored|