A Trident of Wisdom: Translation of Paratrisika-vivarana
“I have prepared a trident of Wisdom in order to cut asunder their bondage.” — Abhinavagupta
This is a long commentary on a short Tantra. One of the most authoritative and venerated texts in Kashmir Shaivism, it deals with the nature of Ultimate Reality and with methods of realization focusing on the theory and practice of Mantra. Abhinavagupta presents his metaphysics of language, of the Word (Vak), and its relation to consciousness. He calls it, “trikasastra-rahasya-upadesa: The teaching of the secret of the Trika doctrine.”
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Abhinavagupta abides according Aghora aham akula anuttara apara appears araa aspect autonomy becomes Bhairava bija bindu brahma buddhi COMMENTARY consonants creative deﬁnite delight denotes Devi difference divine consciousness earth energy essential nature expansion experience external fakti ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁngers ﬁre ﬁrm ﬁrst ﬁrst person ﬁve goddess guru heart HHHH highest hrim I-consciousness iccha icchd identity indeterminate consciousness interpretation Isvara japa kala kaulika khecari knowledge known kula letters Lord madhyama maﬁa Malini mama manifestation mantra Matrka maya means namah nara nirvikalpa object one’s pafyanti parapara perfect phonemes prakrti prameya prasara prthivi puriﬁed purusa Reality reference reﬂection represents Sadasiva Sakti Sastra sauh sense siddhi Siva and Sakti Siva tattva Somananda spanda stage Suddhavidya supreme consciousness symbolic Tantraloka Tatpurusa third brahma transcendental TRANSLATION Trika universe upto vaikhari verse visarga vowels word worship yoga yogi yogini